GREEN BAY, Wis. – For the second straight week the Jets played a preseason game against mostly backups. More importantly though, Zach Wilson looked good for the second week in a row. Only this time he looked great. Wilson finished the game 9/11 for 128 yards (11.6 YPA), two touchdowns and no turnovers or sacks. The Jets scored on three of the four drives that Wilson played and Wilson finished with a near perfect QB rating (154.7).
The numbers look great, even considering the competition of backups, but two things showed up that kept popping up in practices. Wilson’s poise in the pocket, the way he manipulates the pocket and doesn’t rush his process and his ball placement. Wilson can launch lasers all over the field, but he can also loft soft-touch passes placed where only the receiver can catch it. Both of these traits were on display through Wilson’s performance today and they are two awfully good signs that this kid might just be as good as Joe Douglas expects him to be.
Wilson started off seemingly locked on to Corey Davis. He obviously wasn’t actually locked on to Davis but the results could’ve had you wondering as Davis caught four early passes for 70 yards. But it was two passes to the tight end, Tyler Kroft, that got them into the end zone twice. Kroft only caught the two passes for only 36 yards but those 36 yards were the most possible yards he could get on those two plays.
As Mike White took over for Wilson the Jets found more success on the ground with rookie Michael Carter running for 52 yards on 10 attempts. As a team the Jets finished with 103 yards on 29 attempts. On the defensive side of the ball J.T. Hassell had a sack and forced a fumble that was recovered by Jamien Sherwood. Brandin Echols and Lamara Jackson both hauled in interceptions.
And yet special teams might have had the best day of them all. Matt Ammendola went 3/3 on his field goals including one from 54. Braden Mann blasted four punts for 184 yards (46 YPP) with three of them landing inside the 20. Even Corey Ballentine got in on the fun returning a kickoff back 73 yards.
There’s only so much you can take out of preseason games. Especially when your opponent doesn’t play their starters at all. But just everything that you can take from this game is a good and positive sign.