Note: Each day during camp, we’ll take a look at one of the former Boise State football players in the NFL. The full list is here.
Former Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson could play some safety this season for the New York Jets. He is a backup cornerback.
The former first-round pick has developed his knowledge of the game so extensively that coach Rex Ryan told NewYorkJets.com that Wilson “can run the meetings.”
“I’m sitting back there, Kyle Wilson's in the classroom, and he’s giving a dissertation,” Ryan said. “He can run the meetings. He knows every position.”
Wilson wants to coach high school football when he’s done playing.
“I’ve obviously retained as much information as I can well enough to know how to teach it," he said. "So that’s one thing playing the position that I do. I have to rely on my teammates and play to the strengths of the defense. I have to be able to communicate with everybody, and in turn I kind of just learned it all, pretty much.
"I try to think like a coach because that’s what I want to do when I’m done playing. I want to be a high school football coach. I just try to learn every day.”
Wilson has played in every game in his first four years with the Jets. He started 15 games in 2012 but just one last year. He has three career interceptions.
Having the flexibility to play safety could earn him some more playing time.
“It’s just a part of the defense. We have the options to switch things up," he said. "So knowing the defense, knowing the job and your responsibility and the techniques, I've got all of that. I’ve done it before, just probably nobody has known. I can do it. Whatever they need me to do I’m willing to do it to the best of my ability and I’ve done it before so it’s all good.”
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