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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Zach Wilson has best off-season practice as Jets open mandatory minicamp

Zach Wilson cuts the defense to pieces during the first day of the Jets’ mandatory minicamp.

When all was said and done, this was his best off-season practice.

Wilson’s performance during Tuesday’s practice was excellent as he worked within the structure of the play call. 2 overall pick went 13-for-16 during 10-for-13 and 7-on-7 in team drills.

In practice the numbers are not much the same. This short pass is in shorts with rush. But that’s how he generated those figures.

Wilson’s eyes were constantly in the right spot throughout the afternoon as he fired a plethora of accurate passes within play time. The quarterback of the second year did a phenomenal job of surveying the field all day and his anticipation was high.

There wasn’t a bunch of explosive chunk plays that usually cause fans to drool over smart devices as they drool over the highlights. But after making a quick decision to figure out where his eyes should be turned on this day the equivalent of a decisive Wilson.

It was a death by a thousand paper cut approach.

The receivers quickly opened and Wilson found them whether it was in the intermediate game, going through small areas or progressing after getting his checkdown in the flat.

In his previous OTA practice, Wilson struggled to read the defence, which led to several interception drills.

But during Tuesday’s practice, those issues disappeared, at least for a day on the green grass of the practice facility at One Jet Drive.

Wilson’s day fell a bit short at the end of the day during a two-minute drill. The offense got off to a good start with two darts by Wilson for the first two plays. But the next three passes were incomplete.

But in total, six imperfections. Good day to the young QB.

Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur described Wilson’s progress in one word: reform.

“His daily focus is what he’s trying to do. Trying not to keep a laundry list of things every day. Let’s focus on this one thing, two things, whatever, and dial that in, LaFleur said. “I feel [QB coach] Rob Calabrese has done wonders at setting a standard, goals we wanted to accomplish every day of every week. And Jack has bought into that.”

Wilson accomplished what was the goal for Tuesday’s practice. Let’s see if he can pick up the pace on the final day of the minicamp.

Other OTA Overview

  • 10 overall pick Garrett Wilson had his best practice off-season in the sessions available to the media. Wilson steered well enough to separate and had a great hold in traffic that showed off his verticality. He also had a few more catches which caught the attention of the people.
  • Corey Davis was Zach Wilson’s security blanket all day as he caught four passes for big gains.
  • Denzel Mims caught a pass from Joe Flaco in the middle and turned on his 4.3 for a long advantage.
  • DJ Montgomery caught a deep ball from Zach Wilson on a broken play during 7-on-7. Montgomery continues to flash at each practice and once training camp rolls around he will be a receiver fighting for that final receiver spot.
  • The Jets defense offered little resistance to the gang green offense as each quarterback cut the defense. The group had some good moments throughout the offseason. Tuesday was not one of them.
  • Mekhi Becton was present at the minicamp as expected, but she didn’t practice. Becton worked on the rehab team with Carl Lawson, CJ Uzoma, DJ Reed, George Fant, and Jamian Sherwood.
  • Jason Pinnock continues to run with the first team at the safety site. Lamarcus Joyner and Pinnock will have a good fight during training camp.

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