New York Jets rookie Zach Wilson made his debut at MetLife Stadium on Saturday but it didn't go great. A crowd of nearly 20,000 fans attended the annual Jets practice and they had a chance to get their first look at No.
2 pick Wilson. Wilson had two interceptions and led the Jets offense to just three points in seven possessions. "The biggest learning jump for him was that it was under the lights, there was a bigger crowd," Jets head coach Robert Saleh said, per ESPN.
"It wasn't necessarily a bigger moment, because you want them all to be the same, but I'm sure the young man wanted to do his absolute best. There are a lot of things he can take from this one, and it will be awesome to see him grow from it."
Jets coach Saleh is confident that Wilson will learn from this experience. "There was no one to turn to for him to talk to," Saleh said. "To have that experience, and to be able to go through it all, these moments are priceless for him.
He had some good moments and, obviously, he had some rookie moments."
Wilson wants to continue to learn and grow
"It's all part of the process," Wilson said. "We're all learning. I've got to make better some decisions, but I know I can learn from all those.
This is the reason we do this sort of thing." In June, Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur spoke extremely positively of Wilson. "He's a junkie," LaFleur said of Wilson in early-June. "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."