Quincy Wilson Believes He Is Colts No. 1 Cornerback
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INDIANAPOLIS – No one can question if Quincy Wilson lacks confidence.
When last year’s top cornerback Rashaan Melvin inked a one-year deal with Oakland, the obvious question was: who would be the Colts new No. 1 cornerback?
It was an up and down rookie campaign for Wilson, who played in just 7 games (5 starts) and was a mysterious healthy scratch for around a handful of contests.
Those coaching decisions were puzzling, although Wilson admits that he himself had strides to make before becoming a full-fledged professional.
“Coming out of college I was so ready to get here, and I thought I was prepared, but when I got here I wasn’t,” Wilson told Colts.com earlier this offseason.
“I had some rough patches my rookie year, but that’s in the past. I’m just grinding hard to have a better Year 2.”
Wilson expanded on why it took him a while to fully earn the trust of the coaching staff.
“I’m always open to learning, asking questions, spending time with the coaches and studying,” Wilson said. “Practice habits, you have to come out and prove it every single day, so those are some things that I keep on (my mind) moving forward.”
Inside the cornerback room, veteran Pierre Desir has seen a totally different Wilson from the start of last season.
“He’s grown a lot,” Desir says of the guy he could be starting opposite from on opening day. “For him, I think it was a process just learning the game. Coming from college to the NFL is definitely different.
“He’s taken the opportunity to learn how to become a pro, from speaking with other guys and picking their brains. He’s definitely taking the process and he’s grown. He has the strength, the length, the speed and he’s going to continue to mature and become a great player.”
When Wilson was on the field last season, he showed more than enough to confirm why the Colts took him in the middle of the 2nd round in 2017.
Wilson started the final 5 games of last season, but was left wanting more when the season ended.
It wasn’t until last December until Wilson says he finally felt like his normal self. In a season that ended with a 4-12 record, the rookie corner was itching for more action.
“I remember saying to myself I wish we had more games,” Wilson says, “because I felt like things were just coming together and clicking. I can build on that and be ready to roll for the season.”
It could be coming in a massive role this fall.