Sunday, October 2, 2022

Zach Wilson delivers powerful message to top Jets rookie

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The New York Jets were led by Joe Flacco for the first two weeks of the season and that will continue against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

However, second-year quarterback Zach Wilson’s debut in 2022 is expected during the Week 4 road trip against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The former BYU passer suffered a bruised bone and torn meniscus in the preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Gang Green’s key decision-makers have insisted throughout this process that they will not let Wilson back on the field until he is “110 percent.”

The Jets released a bonus episode of One Jets Drive (the team’s internal docuseries) this week to delve deeper into their wondrous comeback against the Cleveland Browns.

During the last episode, Zach got discovered chatting to Garrett on the sidelines after he scored his first touchdown and delivered a strong message:

“They can’t guard you, brother.”

Zach isn’t kidding, NFL defensemen seem to be having a very hard time reining in the talented wideout.

Corresponding Next generation statistics, Garrett is among the top five Jets pass catchers on Separation Yards this season. In other words, it opens early and often.

Take a look at a handful of his pieces, and the film confirms the analytical data.

He put a Browns defenseman in a mixer on his first touchdown of his career in a one-on-one coverage at the 2-yard line.

Wilson out of his mind mixed his Feet, bobbing his head inward and bursting outward, staggering in the easy score.

Wilson has a unique ability to shrug people off and give the quarterback plenty of room to throw the ball to him.

The Athletic’s Zack Rosenblatt shared a few other interesting nuggets that speak to Wilson’s plus/minus when he’s on the field:

“In the two weeks that Wilson is on the field, Flacco has a passer rating of 102.5, according to TruMedia. It’s 63.8 when Wilson leaves the field.

The Jets had an EPA (expected points added) of 13.3 when Wilson was targeted in Week 2, according to TruMedia. In the last 10 seasons, only six Jets receivers have been better. And that’s the best mark for a Jets rookie wide receiver in at least 20 years.”

Speaking on the Can’t Wait podcast, hosted by Zack Rosenblatt, he said that Wilson’s appearance was not surprising, whatever the timing.

He expected such a late-season performance through 2023, certainly not in Wilson’s second career game.

Post-competition former Ohio State product deserved comparisons to superstar Minnesota Vikings wideout Justin Jefferson.

The fact that nobody thought it was that crazy speaks to how special Wilson is and where else he can go.

The other thing you need to feel good about is how Wilson is playing. What he does as a wide receiver is sustainable production that you can rely on.

Another clip of One Jets Drive dove a little deeper into one of his catches in the first half where he caused a breakup that made people miss and just found a way to make a game.

Against the Browns, Wilson surprised everyone. Now that NFL teams have some record of who he is as a player, it gets harder and harder as the season progresses.

It will be up to both Mike LaFleur to give him touches and Wilson to capitalize on those opportunities going forward.

Speaking on the Can’t Wait podcast, hosted by Zack Rosenblatt, he said that Wilson’s appearance was not surprising, whatever the timing.

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