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“If you’re not having fun, you get frustrated and you don’t play to the high level that you want to play at,” Cromartie said. “That’s one of the things we’ve talked to him about.”

While Revis had quick success as a rookie with the Jets in 2007, Cromartie could relate to Wilson. He was a first-round pick of San Diego in 2006 and had plenty of expectations, but was pulled from the cornerback rotation and played only in nickel situations before returning to the rotation before the playoffs.

“You’re going to have bumps in the road as a rookie and I think there are a lot of guys like that,” Cromartie said. “You have a lot of pressure on you and coming in, you’re trying to be that guy. It’s just the way you handle the bumps. I think he has handled them well.”

Wilson has put together a few solid weeks of practice, and tries not to get discouraged when he’s beaten by Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes or Jerricho Cotchery during the week.

“It doesn’t do a lot to help your confidence covering those guys,” Pettine said. “We don’t want to throw him out there 100 percent of the time and say, ‘Hey, listen go out there and gain experience,’ when, as we all know, we’re in the win business. So, we kind of have to walk that fine line between getting him playing time and getting him used to the speed of the game and playing at a high level.”

Wilson says his confidence is the same as it has always been, but he’s calmer now.

“Everybody just said it speaks to how you can battle through adversity and stuff like that, and seeing how you’re going to respond,” Wilson said. “I definitely took it as a challenge and came to work everyday and I’m just trying to get better.”

NOTES: In a week of playful jabs between Ryan, his twin brother, Rob, and Cleveland coach Eric Mangini, the Jets coach had one final shot. After Mangini said Thursday that everyone was happy for Ryan’s recent weight loss, “except maybe Macy’s losing one of their floats,” Rex Ryan served up a line from the movie “Stripes.” “It wobbled me. There’s no question about it, he staggered me,” Ryan said, “but I’ve got one message to say to Eric Mangini: ‘You just made the list, buddy.’”