Robert Saleh sees progress from Zach Wilson, physically and mentally

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Jets head coach Robert Saleh says quarterback Zach Wilson has already shown improvement this offseason.

Zach looks good,” Saleh said, via the New York Post. “He’s definitely hit the weight room. He looks beefy, in a good way. He’s definitely filled out. He’s still got all his looseness in throwing the football and zip and all that stuff. He looks good.”

Saleh also sees Wilson growing in his understanding of the offense, and his role as a team leader.

“He’s got a really good early command of the offense and he’s doing a really good job in regards to that,” Saleh said. “There’s little things that he’s doing where you’re seeing a little more security. He’s not a rookie, so he’s being a little more vocal. He looks good. He’s getting more comfortable, obviously grasping the offense. He’s never had trouble grasping the offense, but he was a rookie so he goes through it. He’s much further ahead at this point than he was a year ago, for sure.”

Wilson struggled through a rough rookie season last year, and the Jets need him to take a big step in Year 2. Saleh sounds confident that Wilson can do that.

27 responses to “Robert Saleh sees progress from Zach Wilson, physically and mentally

  1. I just didn’t see many flashes of potential with Wilson last year. Hope he can turn it around.

  2. We aren’t playing in pads, theres no live action with a pass rush, but we really see progress this year.

    Umm. Ok.

  3. Zach had the worst completion rate of all starting NFL QBs. I suppose he learned more in the off season then he did through 17 weeks of regular season. You know, where he finished the season going 7/20 for 87 yards and 1 TD. Congrats on having the worst rookie QB in the league last season. It’s not like the others were playing on stacked teams either.

  4. Mr Tuck and Run is a clear bust. He didn’t past the eye test at BYU and doesn’t pass it at the NFL level regardless of the talent around him.

    His game is run to the right, tuck and run or hero ball.

    Fail.

  5. Everyone loves to hate on ZW but he had by far the highest degree of difficulty of any rookie QB last year:

    1. He faced the hardest defensive schedule of any QB in the NFL last year
    2. He had a rookie OC and rookie OC
    3. The WHOLE OFFENSE was also learning a new offensive system (unlike most other rookie QBs who were playing in established offenses)
    4. His only had his 3 starting WRs together last year for a handful of snaps
    5. A bunch of rookie starters on offense as well.

    You can say these are excuses but they are just facts.
    Who knows if he will make the leap this year but there are legitimate reasons why he had such a rough (first half) of last season.

  6. There’s a reason Joe Flacco stayed…3-5 games & he’ll be a starter again.

  7. I have a son around Wilson’s age, and I see the same growth. Same deal with most kids that age. And, having watched young NFL QB’s mature for the past 50 years, I’ve seen the same thing. It’s human nature. Has nothing to do with football. That’s why guys like HOFer Troy Aikman went 0-11 his rookie year, but then went on to win 3 super bowls. Same deal with Terry Bradshaw, and so many other of the greatest NFL QB’s in history. They didn’t come out of the womb like that. They all grew up. Mentally and physically. Zach Wilson will be a good NFL QB. Also, with NFL QB’s it has a lot to do with the state of the franchise you join. When you’re a young Ben Roethlisberger or Patrick Mahomes, guys who joined great organizations with coaching staffs and rosters that had already been working together in the same system for years, the growth came much earlier. This is like an old re-run. We’ve seen it many times.

  8. All the Patriot fans on here hating on the Jets. They must be fearfull after the bust of a draft thier over the hill coach had. The rest of the AFC east has improved while the Pat’s are in decline. It’s going to be nice to see them anchoring the standings in the east this year.

  9. Not a Jets fan but I think they had a good draft. Zac Wilson struggled his rookie year. No matter what situation he was in, meaning if he had very little talent around him or if he was facing really tough defenses. I did not see that Burrow or Josh Allen flash of talent and ability to buy time in the pocket. Either way if it’s because he has no protection or if he isn’t reading his progressions? He’s not ready yet and it’s the coaches job to realize when he is and isn’t ready. Too soon kills confidence.

  10. Everyone looks good in shorts and no pass rush. But then again what’s he supposed to say, he wasn’t worth the pick, I maybe coaching my last year?

  11. Anyone that claims Zach Wilson was the worst Rookie QB performance last year didn’t watch Justine Fields stink it up and show true BUST potential. Wilson has a better shot at making it in this league at this point.

  12. A coach saying nice things about his 2nd year QB before training camp even starts doesn’t get my attention. If he said something negative, now that would perk my ears up.

  13. “I did not see that Burrow or Josh Allen flash of talent and ability to buy time in the pocket.”

    You must not have watched much football last year then. ZW has ELITE pocket skills. He is so natural at it I think it gets overlooked sometimes. There are plenty of things to criticize ZW about but pocket awareness and escapability is not one of them. The proof is in the film, go watch some.

  14. nite2al says:
    May 8, 2022 at 2:45 pm
    He certainly wasn’t coddled like the NE QB.
    ——————————————
    What does that even mean? Coddled?
    One of the QBs can play football, the other can’t. That has nothing to do with coddling.
    I understand your frustration, the Jets have been crap forever, but to hang your hopes on Zach is really sad to watch, (actually kind of funny.)

  15. Glad he’s bulked up, but how does that affect his accuracy? That was his problem last year.

  16. I’m not buying it, just because the Jets are horrible and thus Zach had to show off his ballerina abilities to dance around doesn’t mean he’s any good.

  17. iloveyouneighbor says:
    May 8, 2022 at 7:29 pm
    nite2al says:
    May 8, 2022 at 2:45 pm
    He certainly wasn’t coddled like the NE QB.
    ——————————————
    What does that even mean? Coddled?
    One of the QBs can play football, the other can’t. That has nothing to do with coddling.
    I understand your frustration, the Jets have been crap forever, but to hang your hopes on Zach is really sad to watch, (actually kind of funny
    ——————————————————————————————————-
    Coddled, you know, like throwing 3 passes in an entire game,
    Mac noodle arm Jones is finished, the book is out on Mr. Check down.

  18. I certainly hope he’s bulked up. Last season it looked like a high school kid was playing QB for the Jets.

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