The Jets acquired Quincy Wilson on Day 3 of the NFL Draft this season, trading the 211th pick to the Colts in exchange for the cornerback out of the University of Florida.
In 29 career games, the 24-year-old has two interceptions. And though he has 10 career starts, none of them came in the nine games he played with Indianapolis last season.
It was a frustrating end to Wilson's time with the Colts, but it appears he's more than ready for a fresh start.
"When I got traded, it was a good day," Wilson said. "Probably one of the best days of my life. A lot of things went wrong in Indy, but I'm just happy for this opportunity and this new situation I'm in. I'm ready to show that I can play. It's probably not the time or place to talk about it, but I was just happy for the new opportunity to go somewhere else where they would value me and just let me go play football."
One of the things that will help ease Wilson's transition into his new home will be the sight of some familiar faces in the locker room. Both Pierre Desir and Nate Hairston played alongside Wilson in the Colts' secondary, while Marcus Maye and Brian Poole were teammates with him at Florida.
"It's familiar grounds," Wilson said. "The chemistry is there, so it's all good. We can check each other, we know each other. It's a good deal."
Wilson has already taken to defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, whose in-your-face style of coaching is something that the Fort Lauderdale native appreciates.
"He's intense and I love it," Wilson said. "That's what you want in a ball coach, someone that gets on you and expects nothing but greatness out of you. He's the kind of coach I've had since college. At Florida you had coaches yelling at you and whatnot. It's all familiar to me and I love it."
As far as the scheme Williams and the Jets defense runs, it might be an adjustment for Wilson, but it's one that he's comfortable in making.
"It's been a smooth transition," Wilson said. "It's just defense. Everybody plays [a certain way], but I think I've been catching on real quick and making some plays. It's a more aggressive style, they coach you to make plays and not to cover grass. That's how I've always been taught to go get the ball and that's the way it is here."
With Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts no longer on the roster, the battle for a starting cornerback role is wide open, and Wilson has a chance to be right in the thick of it.