First-round pick Kyle Wilson saw most of his reps with the second team or lined up over the slot in nickel packages. On one of Wilson’s few plays with the first team he got beat by Jerricho Cotchery on a fade route to the corner of the endzone, failing to turn his head in time to defend the pass. His inability to read opposing receivers’ eyes and locate the football was one of the few knocks on Wilson coming out of Boise State and it showed on more than one occasion during this practice.
He was very fluid in coverage otherwise but will need to improve his ball skills to fend off Dwight Lowery, who looked great and intercepted multiple passes down the field. Wilson was also used as the second punt returner behind Jim Leonhard and the third kick returner behind Brad Smith and Cromartie. He could eventually overtake Leonhard as the primary punt returner and Cromartie as Smith’s backup, especially if Lowery continues his strong play and pushes Wilson for playing time.
Second-rounder Vladimir Ducasse was running with the first team at left guard for most of practice, while also running with the second team at right guard. He rarely looked out of place and didn’t seem to be receiving any extra attention from the coaching staff. Ducasse consistently showed the ability to get to the second level and moved very well laterally down the line, especially when pulling from the right guard position. He was quick off the line and with his hands. Ducasse seems to be the early frontrunner to replace Pro Bowler Alan Faneca along the Jets line at this point.
Former USC running back Joe McKnight, a fourth-round pick in April, was running with the third team. Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson received all of the first-team reps, Danny Woodhead ran with the second teamers while McKnight and third-year USC product Chauncey Washington split third-team reps. McKnight looked quick in and out of his cuts both running the ball and running routes out of the backfield, while getting sporadic action on kickoffs as the fourth returner. He did drop a few passes and after his well-documented rough first practice where he was vomiting by the goalpost, he may stay behind Woodhead on the depth chart until he works his way into better shape.