The Jets will go into the 2013 season without Darrelle Revis, but will the cornerbacks be stronger on the whole this year? Last year Antonio "Robin" Cromartie proved his mettle without Batman, this year the team drafted the best overall cornerback in the class and they have solid depth with guys like Aaron Berry, Isaiah Trufant and Ellis Lankster.
But the biggest argument? According to the NY Post's Zach Braziller, Rex Ryan has been very impressed with Kyle Wilson's offseason work. On Wilson, Ryan said the Jets 2010 first rounder has had his best spring as a pro this week, “and it’s not even close."
Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman acknowledged that Dee Milliner was “one of the top corners I’ve seen come through the draft in a long time” and that the team's move this offseason have challenged Wilson to take advantage.
Wilson has been keeping up in the offseason workouts with Antonio Cromartie, as SNY's Jeane Coakley reported just a few weeks ago. We're sure the Jets coaches have been happy to see that. The team has been hard on Wilson and he seems to be a sore subject among fans, but a lot has been expected from him as a first round pick. According to PFF, Wilson has ranked 55th in 2010, 93rd in 2011 and 73rd overall in 2012 among CBs. So far, Wilson has played to his position but not above or when it's happened, it's come in fits and starts. His overall resume hasn't been great, but it is certainly a basis off which to work.
The expectation is that the Jets will start Milliner once he's healthy, so considering that along with the fact that this is a contract year for Wilson, it's now or never when it comes to Wilson and the Jets.