The New York Jets are confident Zach Wilson will perform much better in his second year as head coach Robert Saleh claims the quarterback looks different compared to Year 1. Wilson, who was taken at No. 2 in the 2021 NFL draft, didn't enjoy a particularly impressive rookie season as he finished the year with more interceptions (11) than touchdowns (9).
When the Jets drafted Wilson, their expectation was that one day he would turn into a franchise quarterback. “Zach looks good,” Saleh said. “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: Wilson is now more vocal
According to coach Saleh, Wilson's play on the field improved and his leadership skills are also better now.
“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”. Last week, the Jets cut Greg Van Roten. Van Roten started the majority of games for the Jets in the last two years. The Jets haven't ruled out bringing Van Roten back on a new reduced deal.
“GVR is a phenomenal man. I really appreciated the time with him,” Saleh said. “It’s not over. Talking with [general manager] Joe [Douglas], we’d love to have him back as the offseason goes. GVR has a place in this league.
I think he has starting opportunities at a few places. Just talking with Joe, thought maybe give him that opportunity to see if he can get somewhere to compete for a starting job. At the same time, the door’s not closed here.
We’d love to have Greg back”. Meanwhile, Saleh confirmed he can't say whether or not rookie tight end Jeremy Ruckert will participate in OTAs. “We’re hoping so,” Saleh said. “We’ll see where he’s at again next week.
I know he’s working through it. He’s feeling good. It’s just a matter of continuing to rehab”.