EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.
Zach Wilson took the sphere at MetLife Stadium for the primary time since final season and put collectively one other strong observe.
That’s promising information for the New York Jets and their second-year quarterback.
“I really thought it was really good,” coach Robert Saleh mentioned of Wilson’s efficiency Saturday night time.
Wilson was unofficially 12 of 19 — together with 4 drops by receivers — for 100 yards with a landing and an interception because the Jets put together for his or her first preseason recreation subsequent Friday night time at Philadelphia.
All eyes are on the 23-year-old Wilson, and he is seeking to construct on a great end to his rookie 12 months throughout which he was not intercepted in his last 5 video games. Wilson’s decision-making and accuracy have appeared to enhance this summer time, particularly throughout his final 4 practices — together with this one in entrance of followers on the Meadowlands.
“He dropped a dime that buzzed a defender’s head that I thought was a chance to keep a drive going, had a really good strike there in the two-minute drive,” Saleh said. “He moved around in the pocket, found some open lanes to run and bide some time. He was really good in the huddle. … He was good with cadence because he was changing up his cadence. So, I thought he was really good.”
Wilson, who also ran for 24 yards, capped a drive during which he was 5 for 5 with a 10-yard TD to Tyler Conklin. He led another that ended with a 37-yard field goal by Eddy Pineiro. He was also intercepted by Del’Shawn Phillips. In the final two-minute drill, Wilson was incomplete on fourth down deep to Corey Davis, who was blanketed by first-round cornerback Sauce Gardner.
Wilson’s numbers would have been more impressive if not for drops by Davis, Elijah Moore, Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith.
“I could make excuses,” Saleh mentioned. “We’re professionals, we’ve got to make plays. But at the same time, just talking to the guys, the first time you’re in the stadium, the depth perception is much different. So you have to retrain your eyes for all of that, too. Not to make excuses for them, it’s a real thing and just adjusting to all of it. That’s why we had these scrimmages here.”
BROWN IN TOWN
Free agent offensive sort out Duane Brown attended the scrimmage and chatted with Saleh, common supervisor Joe Douglas, assistant GM Rex Hogan, owner Woody Johnson and some gamers throughout warmups.
The Jets may use veteran depth on the road, and Brown may function a backup swing sort out. Brown, who turns 37 on Aug. 30, made his fifth Pro Bowl final season. He spent the final 5 years with Seattle after 10 years in Houston.
“Any time you have a chance to add a Pro Bowler like him and add to the depth of our roster, we’ll look into it,” Saleh mentioned. “We’re always going to search far and wide, and there’s interest on both sides, obviously.”
Backup OT Conor McDermott was helped off the sphere after injuring his left ankle. Saleh had no fast phrase on the severity of the damage — but when McDermott misses time, it may make the signing of Brown an even bigger precedence. … CB D.J. Reed, RB Ty Johnson and DE Vinny Curry all sat out with hamstring accidents. Saleh mentioned sitting Reed was “more precaution.”
NOTES: Greg Zuerlein, competing with Pineiro for the kicking job, booted a 56-yard area objective that had loads of room to spare. … S Will Parks had his second straight observe with an interception, this time choosing off Mike White. … WR Calvin Jackson Jr., an undrafted rookie out of Washington State, caught a 3-yard TD go from Joe Flacco.
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