Zach Wilson wore number 2 on Saturday like a small part of a tortured fanbase, who has so often collapsed in despair, watched his every move, every throw, and wished for a star again.
The young franchise quarterback is a symbol of hope for a brighter and brighter future, and so with 1,000 Jets fans filling the stands for the first time since the start of the pandemic, and others lined up. behind a fence overlooking Field 1, Zach Wilson’s honeymoon has begun, a love affair that will last long enough for the Jets to end a decade-long playoff drought.
You’ve seen Sam Darnold # 14, Chad Pennington # 10 jerseys and of course Joe Namath # 12 and Wilson # 2 jerseys among the faithful.
A loud roar went up whenever Wilson cast magic, pocket magic, and improvisation magic.
The highlight was an 80-yard missile launched down the right sideline for a touchdown to early rookie wide receiver Elijah Moore, after which left tackle Mekhi Becton patted his new franchise quarterback on his helmet.
From the stands: JETS, JETS, JETS, JETS.
“I always give him confidence in everything he does, so I always try to hold my head up for sure,” Becton said.
The kid didn’t look like he needed a pep talk. Day 2 (passes 14 for 20) went much smoother than its rusty first day.
“There’s a lot of things he’s doing out there that you don’t expect him to do,” Becton said. “I can’t grasp a single thing. “
Allow me to:
Escaping the pressure to his right, Wilson throws a dart at Denzel Mims.
Wilson backs up, throws a middle strike to Lawrence Cager.
Wilson flicks his wrist and throws a low, catchable ball down the middle that a diving Braxton Berrios couldn’t handle.
“He can throw his gun right, left, handgun, whatever move, what platform you want to talk about, that’s what makes him a little unique,” said head coach Robert Saleh.
Ideally, Wilson will stand upright in the pocket – barely taller than Drew Brees, mind you – behind Becton and be the surgeon.
“But at the same time,” Saleh said, “there’s a clock that’s got to strike in the direction of, ‘Alright Coach, you got me in trouble here, save us.’ And that’s where these elite quarterbacks are able to improvise and do something from scratch. But the discipline of not just watching your first reading and just getting out on bail. There are a lot of them there.
Wilson’s leadership style is evolving. But he made a good first impression.
“The guys love it, and that’s the main thing, that the rest of the team hug you,” said Marcus Maye,
Needless to say, the Jets are desperate to kiss him.
Fan Kyle Geddes wore a Wilson jersey. “I love watching it. I’m really looking forward to the season, ”said Geddes behind the fence. “The long pass to Elijah Moore was, like, perfect. “
It was a sunny day that might have prompted the most rabid Jets fan to hire a limo and offer to take Wilson to Canton to pick up his gold jacket and pose for his bust.
Saleh was referring to every rookie when he said, “There are going to be a lot of hair-raising moments, there will be times when they look like they are pro Bowlers, there will be times when they have the hair. look like they’ve never been trained before. “
Ah yes, the inevitable turbulence. What would life be like without turbulence for Jets and Jets fans?