FOXBOROUGH — Rookie Tavon Wilson has been getting a significant amount of reps in training camp so far, with the safety playing multiple positions in the defensive backfield, along with special teams.
“I’ve just tried not to think about it too much,” Wilson said, about the amount of time he’s seeing on the field. “Tried not to get ahead of myself too much, just come in, work every day with the same attitude of getting better and that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Wilson, a surprise second-round pick by the Patriots, spent time at both cornerback and safety in college at Illinois. He said Thursday that he “definitely” feels like he can make a contribution on special teams for the Patriots, as well as in other positions.
“I just try to do as much as they ask me to do because that kind of opens up some opportunities for you getting on the field,” Wilson said. “I just try to go out there and do everything to the best of my ability.”
When asked about how Wilson was making the transition to the NFL in training camp, coach Bill Belichick lauded his abilities, especially in the difficult position of safety.
“I think he’s been on a steady course since he got here,” Belichick said. “Tavon works hard. He’s very attentive, he asks good questions, he really pays attention and he’s a hard working kid, both on and off the field.
“Steady improvement, long way to go, tough position to play and a tough position to transition into because of all the different things in the passing game and formations and matchups, all those type of things that veteran safeties would recognize – where the advantage of the matchup is to the offense and what we can do about it schematically or what we can do about it in terms of anticipation by formation and so forth.
“I think he’s coming along. As long as we can keep making progress and keep heading in the right direction, I think eventually it will come together for a lot of these young guys.”