Zach Wilson has quiet night in Jets debut

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Quarterback Zach Wilson got his first taste of NFL game action on Saturday night against the Giants and the Jets didn’t ask too much of their first-round pick.

Wilson was 6-of-9 for 63 yards while playing the first two offensive possessions of the night. The Jets kicked a field goal to cap their first drive and had a first down in Giants territory wiped out by an offensive pass interference penalty on their second.

Wilson found tight end Tyler Kroft for a 13-yard gain on third-and-14 after the penalty, but the Giants stuffed running back Ty Johnson behind the line on fourth down.

Johnson ran seven times while Wilson was in the game and rookie Michael Carter had five carries as the Jets didn’t put too much on the rookie’s shoulders in his preseason debut. When needed, the rookie did come up with some productive throws. Wilson hit Keelan Cole and Corey Davis to convert third downs and Vyncint Smith picked up another first down through the air, but he and Davis were not able to connect on the third down before Chris Naggar‘s field goal in the first quarter.

Wilson will get extra reps this week as the Jets will practice with the Packers for two days in Green Bay before playing at Lambeau Field next Saturday night.

12 responses to “Zach Wilson has quiet night in Jets debut

  1. Wilson was clearly working on his pre snap reads and getting the ball out in a hurry. He didn’t go through many progressions. I would imagine that was by design to make sure no defenders came anywhere near him. The Jets starters pretty much had their way with the Giants backups, on both sides of the ball.

  2. I thought he looked confident and poised. He locked onto a couple receivers, and short-armed one throw, but didn’t seem like he was rattled. Got them in and out of the huddle and didn’t look bad. I agree with “quiet” in a positive sense, certainly not if it was intended as a knock.

  3. Corey Davis may have been the most underrated signing. I still don’t get why the titans traded name value for actual production.

  4. He looked like I would expect a fairly raw qb prospect to look. Just keep in mind the average raw water prospect doesn’t necessarily end up to be Josh Allen. That being said, there was nothing discouraging from what we saw to be hopeful as a Jets fan

  5. He had a quiet night, but not in a negative way. Completed some very nice looking throws on 3rd down and seemed comfortable out there. “Quiet” definitely isn’t the word Id use (unless I had an agenda of course)

  6. He played against exclusively backup players for the giants. He didn’t crap the bed, but I can say he dominated either. No blitzing against him, no scheming. It was fine for a first appearance, and I think quiet is an accurate term. I dont think from this performance you can get a strong feeling for how he will be as a QB in the league. Lets see what happens in the regular season.

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