Zach Wilson was in full uniform in the New York Jets locker room long after the game, getting some words of encouragement from tight end Tyler Conklin and some of his teammates.
Even though the Jets had just lost 30-10 to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, with Wilson thrust back into the starting role after four-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers tore his left Achilles four snaps in the season opener a week earlier, they don’t see the same young quarterback who struggled so much the past two years.
“He’s a completely different player, in my opinion. Going through his reads, sitting in the pocket. I mean, they have a good D-line. They create a lot of pressure,” Conklin said. “We have complete trust and faith in him. … We’re going to keep making sure he knows we got his back.”
Plus, Wilson and the Jets (1-1) really didn’t get a lot of chances on offense. They had the ball for less than 18 minutes, and the three interceptions in the fourth quarter occurred while trying to make a comeback.
“Up until we had to force it, I thought he did a really nice job,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said.
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There was the 68-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson in the second quarter, and the quarterback’s three consecutive scrambles to pick up 33 yards on a drive in the final 2 minutes that resulted in field goal and had New York within 18-10 at halftime.
Wilson finished 12-of-27 passing for 170 yards and was sacked three times. He was the team’s leading rusher with five carries for 36 yards.
Wilson, the second overall pick out of BYU in the 2021 draft, dropped to 8-15 as the Jets starter. That record doesn’t include the Jets’ 22-16 overtime victory over the Bills in the season opener, when Wilson took over after Rodgers got hurt. Wilson was 14-of-21 passing for 150 yards with a touchdown and an interception in that game.
“It was nice having a week to prepare. And I thought I knew the scheme well. I thought I was seeing it…
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Publish date : 2023-09-18 14:50:08
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