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Jets’ Zach Wilson beats Elijah Moore on “Georgous” TD Bomb at Camp [LOOK]

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August 1 marked the first day of the pads ahead of the New York Jets’ 2022 season. That means real football was played between NYJ offense and defense today – and things started with a bang!

In the first series of padded practice, Jets quarterback Zach Wilson hit sophomore wide receiver Elijah Moore with a deep ball that quickly went viral. The touchdown bomb was reported as anywhere between 50-60 yards through the air and 70-80 yards including yards after the catch, but you’re the judge.

The Jets’ official Twitter account shared video not long after connection.

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This pass has been described in many ways and as the video was taken from the ground we thought we would share these descriptions with you.

SNY’s Connor Hughes was the first to tweet the piece and say, “Zach Wilson with a beautiful touchdown. A 70-yard touchdown for Elijah Moore, who easily traveled over 50 in the air. His best litter of the summer. Not closed. Moore beat [D.J.] Reed.”

The Athletics Zack Rosenblatt called it a pretty”. He continued, “Dodging some pass rush, found Elijah Moore alone in the field. Would have been an 80-yard touchdown.”

Jet’s X Factors Robby Sabo pictured a “dirty bomb on the run” that was a “across the body” throw.

as others did Dennis Waszak Jr. of Associated Press adding that the defense was also sidelined on that play, saying, “Wilson rolls to the left and launches a deep pass to Elijah Moore for a nice 70-yard TD.”

While Brian Costello agreed with Waszak and Hughes on mileage, ESPN’s Rich Cimini was on the same page as Rosenblatt: “Wilson to Moore for about 80 yards. Wilson blushed [the] Pocket and on a free play (offside) he hits a long one to Moore.”

Whether it was 70 or 80 yards, it was clearly a great moment for the young duo in training camp. In what might be the best tweet of all, team reporter Ethan Greenberg compared it to Wilson’s famous Pro Day throw, which contributed to his eventual draft status. He even put one together video compilation of the two passports.

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Unfortunately, Wilson couldn’t finish the workout the way he started. The 22-year-old gunslinger had a few throws that caught the eye, like this “sidearm pass” to tight end Tyler Conklin (per Greenberg).

Overall, though, the pass rushers seemed to feast as practice progressed. I counted two reported Carl Lawson sacks (one from each side), one for DE Tim Ward, one for DT Sheldon Rankins, and one for DT Jonathan Marshall.

Not all of them came while Wilson was quarterback, to be clear, but the pressure was on him all day as George Fant dropped from the lineup and Mekhi Becton regained his form.

Later, Wilson’s first full-length, unscripted drive went treble out. Hughes detailed the order of plays: Michael Carter ran for nothing, Wilson “dirted” the ball after there was pressure in his face, and that second Lawson sack came here.

Backup Joe Flacco stayed hot against the second-team defense with one Six play touchdown drive – topped by WR Jeff Smith – after that and third-string QB Mike White followed up with a long of his own that faltered in the red zone with one failed fourth down conversion. Marshall finished it off with his aforementioned sack.

Then Wilson got another chance and it went just as badly as the first try. Remember he faces first-team defense — and also plays with first-team offense — but the Jets starter went three and out for the second straight game. Hughes passed the pieces on Once again.

This ride went; Deep misses Moore, Carter runs for nothing, incomplete short pass to RB Breece Hall. Practice ended here and in the end it was another bittersweet day for Wilson, with ups and downs. We will continue to bring you daily coverage of the Jets training camp.

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Not all of them came while Wilson was quarterback, to be clear, but the pressure was on him all day as George Fant dropped from the lineup and Mekhi Becton regained his form.

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