Starting in Week 10 of the 2018 season, Indianapolis Colts’ CB Quincy Wilson played 27-plus defensive snaps at outside corner in 10 consecutive games (including the postseason), and his play in his increased role bodes well for his future in the NFL.
Wilson, a second-round pick in 2017, allowed just a 65.2 passer rating and 0.73 yards per coverage snap in the Colts’ last 10 games of the season, ranking seventh in both respects among the 66 cornerbacks with 200-plus coverage snaps in said span. Also, when targeted 10 or more yards down the field, he allowed just a 9.3 passer rating and forced an incompletion on 27.3% of such targets, both marks ranking inside the top 10.
The positives in Wilson’s 2018 season were weighed down by his five missed tackles and high overall completion percentage allowed (73.2%), dragging his overall grade down to just 70.4. However, the flashes Wilson put forth correspond well with what we saw from the former Florida product while in Gainesville, a sign that such flashes could be sustainable in the future.
Wilson’s final three years with Florida were all very strong. His three-year coverage grade (90.6) ranked among the FBS’ best, and he ranked seventh in completion percentage allowed (43.2%), sixth in passer rating allowed (46.1) and second in yards allowed per coverage snap (0.70) behind just Minkah Fitzpatrick.
In his final season with the Gators, Wilson allowed receptions on just 16-of-43 targets and ranked fourth that season in completion percentage allowed (32.6%) among qualifiers. He also ranked third in passer rating allowed (29.9) that season, ranking just two spots behind Gareon Conley and a spot ahead on Marshon Lattimore.
Wilson should see his development continue at outside cornerback and chase his Florida stardom in Indy as a starter for the Colts’ defense in 2019.
The Indianapolis Colts were hoping to see some development with cornerback Quincy Wilson in his second season, and there was enough encouragement to warrant optimism entering the 2019 season.
Wilson has had an interesting career thus far as he hasn’t quite lived up to his draft stock as a second-round pick, but he carved out a role during the second half of the regular season and showed that his game is on the rise.
Wilson wound up playing 13 games (five starts) while recording 28 tackles (20 solo), two passes defended and one interception.
Working as the CB3 for the Colts behind Kenny Moore and Pierre Desir, Wilson wound up playing 41.6 percent of the defensive snaps throughout the 2018 season. Most of his consistent playing time came throughout the second half.
Over the final eight games of the regular season, Wilson played an average of 63.6 percent of the defensive snaps. For a CB3, that’s pretty significant.
The Florida product didn’t put up huge numbers in Year 2, but he did make strong developments in the preparation and mentality parts of his game, which goes a long way for a young player.
Wilson credits his turnaround to the mentorship of veteran safety Mike Mitchell. After Wilson saw Mitchell make an immediate impact the week he was signed, the young cornerback asked to be mentored.
It paid off as Wilson showed vast improvement working in zone coverage. Learning how to prepare each week while keeping a stable mentality is something that Wilson seemed to learn how to do in his second year.
Entering Year 3, Wilson is a prime candidate to make a jump. He had an encouraging second half but must prove he can continue his development during the 2019 season.