New York Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson made a positive start to his NFL career as he delivered a promising performance in his NFL debut. On Saturday, Wilson started against the New York Giants and played two series.
Wilson went 6-of-9 for 63 yards and he looked comfortable and calm from the beginning. Wilson delivered the ball to five different receivers as he led the Jets to seven first downs and a field goal. "He looked comfortable, especially on third down," said Robert Saleh, who made his Jets head-coaching debut.
"[He] made some good throws, directed the offense really well. He got in and out of the huddle and moved it very well. It was a good first day." The Jets ended up winning 12-7 and Wilson was happy with his performance.
"I thought it was good," Wilson said of his night. "Of course I still have things to clean up. It was a great experience. I really enjoyed having that game-like setting, kind of the intro to the NFL and the whole game."
Wilson stepped up on third downs
Wilson was 3-of-3 on third downs. "I thought that was awesome for us," Wilson said of the third-down conversions. Coach Saleh was also happy with the way Wilson delivered under pressure.
"We have so much confidence in the young man," Saleh said. "You want to stack up as many good days as possible, but there's youth. He's still a rookie, and there's still a lot of things he's going to learn.
This young man's potential is through the roof, but it's still a process." The Jets defense allowed only 7 points and linebacker C.J. Mosley had a message for the rest of the league. "I'll go back to one of my quotes when I first got here [in 2019]," Mosley said.
"If people are sleeping on the Jets, if they have that same mentality, you're going to get your ass blown out. That's 100%, no matter if we're at MetLife or anywhere else." A week ago, Wilson didn't impress in the Jets annual practice but coach Saleh remained optimistic his quarterback would bounce back from it.
"The biggest learning jump for him was that it was under the lights, there was a bigger crowd," Saleh said a week ago. "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."