After last week’s practice when the ball barely touched the ground, Zach Wilson looked more like a rookie on Wednesday.
Despite the defense winning the day, the second-overall pick in the draft still had a solid day and made some good throws.
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The Jets did not make players or coaches available to the media after Wednesday’s OTA session.
So, here are some takeaways:
During the first session of 11-on-11 Wilson had only one attempt where he threw it away.
His stronger moments were during goal line 7-on-7 periods. There were two different periods where they focused on that. During the first session he was 3-5 with three touchdowns.
Wilson’s first throw was a touch pass to the back of the endzone, where Tyler Kroft was waiting, for a touchdown. His second pass was incomplete, but his third throw, to Braxton Berrios, went for another score. Wilson also hit Elijah Moore with a dart for an easy TD, and that won’t be the last time those two connect. His last throw was a fade route to D.J. Montgomery that landed in Montgomery’s hands, but cornerback Isaiah Dunn broke up the pass.
The second session of 11-on-11, Wilson went 2-2 for some head turning plays. He hit Moore for an intermediate gain after he ran a strong route to break free over the middle of the field. Then the former BYU star’s best play of the day came when he avoided pressure, didn’t panic and identified where his outlet was. He floated a pass down the right sideline to rookie running back Michael Carter II who turned on the burners to make the catch.
For the second goal line 7-on-7 session, Wilson was solid. He was 3-5 with another three touchdowns and one interception. His first pass to Matt Cole fell incomplete with Lamarcus Joyner on the coverage. Then Wilson fired a pass to Vyncent Smith, but it bounced off his chest and Carter intercepted it. He recovered by throwing three consecutive touchdowns, hitting Chris Herndon, Carter and Moore, who showed off his crisp route running to create separation.
The Jets did one more 7-on-7 session focused on the third downs. Wilson wasn’t as sharp and the defense forced him into some incompletions down the field. Other moments he held the ball before checking downs.
A bulk of the 11-on-11s were run plays and the running backs had some success. The blocking scheme is still a work in progress, but they were able to create some holes for running backs.
I can’t put too much stock into running backs without pads, but there were flashes of good runs from this group.
Tevin Coleman looked good by showing quickness and vision on his runs. His familiarity with this offense will make him the lead horse for now. Carter had some eye-opening plays. His talent has flashed during OTAs and has a good shot to compete for the lead role during the season.
The turnover of the day was caused by Joyner. Mike White threw a deep ball down the sidelines but it was intercepted by Joyner. The defense exploded into prolonged synchronized shouts of, “Yeah!”
There was one moment during the second 11-on-11 period when James Morgan dropped back, but the defensive line destroyed the offensive line and killed the play. Morgan scrambled left but Jamien Sherwood hawked him down.
Keep an eye on Dunn as the offseason continues to progress, he’s made some nice pass breakups throughout the OTAs that have been available to the media.