Jets' Zach Wilson: I'm constantly learning and trying to do my best
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New York Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson is always trying to find ways to improve. Wilson, who was selected at No. 2 in the past NFL draft, is hoping to become a franchise quarterback and lead the Jets to success. "If you're watching TV and eating a bowl of cereal, learning the plays, the formations and the alignments is kind of like eating a bowl of cereal," Wilson said, per the team's website.
"You're not really sitting there thinking about eating, lifting the spoon up to your mouth and chewing. It just naturally happens." Wilson insists he and his teammates have been getting better in practice. "It's really just a day at a time," Wilson said last Thursday.
"Compared to Day 1, I feel like, not just me but everybody's playing faster, being able to react more. Not necessarily thinking so much. I think that's the hardest thing when you're installing an offense. "I feel like I'm doing well.
It's definitely going to be a challenge. I'm excited for it. But it's really just taking a day at a time. If frustrating things happen in practice, maybe because you were slow on one read to the next or whatever it is, but you've got to understand that it's going to be a process and just kind of take it day by day and keep learning and just doing your best."
Jets coaches impressed by Wilson
"He's a junkie," said offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur.
"I mean, he just wants film to the face. I'll talk to my brother [Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur] and he's like, 'You better not burn this guy out. You're taking a lot of film with him.' And it's like, 'he's the one that wants to watch this film, you know?' So it's unique and it's cool for us to watch him be able to sit there and stay focused and process all the information we're trying to give him.
"When he first got here, he wanted to ask questions that were probably two questions away. And I said, 'Well, let's get that formation down.' And he was like, 'Oh, no, I can do that on my own. I've got that stuff down.' And he would — any quarterback would.
But he wanted to do that on his own. He wanted to learn the stuff that there's no way he could learn on his own, so he wanted to hear it from us so he can process all that."