Garrett Wilson and the New York Jets top receivers have gotten used to receiving passes from Zach Wilson the last three weeks of training camp.
With Zach Wilson out at least 2-4 weeks with a bone bruise and a meniscus tear in his right knee, Joe Flacco has been running the first-team offense in practice the last two days.
Wilson had an interesting answer when asked what the most significant difference between catching passes from Zach Wilson compared to Flacco.
“It is definitely a difference,” Wilson said. “It is a lot of experience there with Flacco. I feel like he takes some paces off and puts some pace on the ball and he does a good job of making passes receiver friendly as they’re pretty easy to catch.
“He takes some off the ball when you’re running a slant route versus when you’re running an out route and he can put some zip on it, things like that.”
Wilson’s answer isn’t too surprising considering Zach Wilson is going into his second year as the Jets starting quarterback and Flacco is a 15-year veteran. However, he didn’t exactly provide a ringing endorsement for Zach Wilson.
As a rookie, Zach Wilson struggled as he threw for 2,334 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 13 games. Pro Football Focus gave Zach Wilson a 54.8 passing grade — the lowest among rookies and third-lowest in the NFL, ahead of only former Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and Ben Roethlisberger.
The Jets drafted Wilson with the 10th overall selection in April’s draft with the hopes of improving their passing this season. Wilson is listed as a second-team receiver behind Elijah Moore, but that could change once the season starts. Whatever Wilson’s role will be this season, he says he will be prepared for it.
“I always do a great job of playing my role. When I got to Ohio State as a young dude, that was my role coming in to make some plays every now and then. I just want to be as good as I want to be at that. That doesn’t change here. Whenever my opportunity does come whenever the ball is in the air, I want to make that play and keep that same mindset.”
Duane Brown officially signs with the Jets
After agreeing to terms last week, Duane Brown officially became a member of the Jets Monday morning. Brown signed his two-year, $22 million contract and was on the field with the rest of the players. In a corresponding move, the Jets released wide receiver Keshunn Abram.
Brown didn’t participate in individual drills on Monday as he was doing conditioning work on the side with coaches. With Brown’s signings, the Jets have moved George Fant from left tackle to right tackle after Mekhi Becton suffered what is expected to be a season-ending knee injury.
Despite turning 37 on August 30, Jets coach Robert Saleh isn’t concerned about Brown’s age or fitness level at this point in his career.
“The quarterback is the No. 1 guy you’re trying to protect and Duane has been there, he has done that,” Saleh said. “He’s still playing at a very high level last year with Seattle.
“He brings a wealth of experience and he has played in this system, so he knows what to expect. It shouldn’t be that much of a learning curve for him.
“Just his overall presence and everything will be a welcome addition to the room.”
Quinnen Williams and Eddy Pineiro missed Monday’s practice
The Jets were without two key players during Monday’s practice. Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is dealing with an ankle injury, but “he’ll be fine,” according to Jets coach Robert Saleh. Eddy Pineiro has some tightness in his back as Greg Zuerlein did all of the kicking during practice as he made all four of his field goal attempts.