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Sports Wilson bounces back, sparkles in his 2nd Jets camp practice

04:19  01 august  2021
04:19  01 august  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Wilson flicks his wrist and throws a low, catchable ball over the middle that a diving Braxton Berrios could not handle. “He can throw off his right, left, sidearm, whatever motion, platform you want to talk about, that’s what kinda makes him unique,” head coach Robert Saleh said. Ideally, Wilson will stand tall in the pocket — only slightly taller than Drew Brees, mind you — behind Becton and be the surgeon. “But at the same time,” Saleh said, “there’s a clock that’s gotta go off in the sense of, ‘All right Coach, you put me in a jam here, save us.’ And that’s where those elite quarterbacks are able to improvise

Wilson went through his first training camp practice Friday after missing the first two days of camp while his agent and the Jets haggled over his contract. With that behind him, now he can worry about football. His first practice was a rough one, which was not a surprise considering it was his first time Zach Wilson at his first official Jets practice on July 30, 2021. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post. Jets coach Robert Saleh chalked his struggles up to the defense being ahead of the offense at this point in training camp and said this is all just part of his learning curve. “For him, it’s getting caught up

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Now, that was more like it.

  Wilson bounces back, sparkles in his 2nd Jets camp practice © Provided by The Canadian Press

Zach Wilson shook off a rough training camp debut by showing off the type of eye-popping playmaking ability that made him so coveted by the New York Jets. And the No. 2 overall draft pick did it Saturday in front of plenty of excited fans.

And teammates.

“He's doing things you're not expecting him to do,” left tackle Mekhi Becton said. “There's a lot of things that he's out there doing that you don't expect him to do, so I can't just key in on one thing.”

Such as scrambling to avoid a pass rush and then launching a pretty pass downfield to a streaking Elijah Moore for an 80-yard touchdown. Fans, who were able to attend practice for the first time since 2019, went wild. Meanwhile, Becton went over to Wilson and tapped him a few times on top of his helmet.

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Wilson , making his camp debut after missing the first two practices over a contract dispute, uncorked a deep ball over the middle of the field. Fellow rookie Elijah Moore tracked the ball perfectly, and made a spectacular catch, losing his helmet as he fell to the ground for a more than 40-yard gain. But if the start of practice was perfect, the rest of the day was a reminder: there is a lot of work to be done before Wilson can lead the Jets to that brighter future. Wilson struggled on Friday after the opening deep ball, making several off-target throws and mixing in some poor decisions in his worst practice session

With his first training camp practice in the books, Jets head coach Robert Saleh says that Wilson has a lot to learn and experience before the first week of the regular season. “I know sometimes we can get focused on results, but there's process and he's got a tremendous process. Can't control certain things that happen play in and play out, but you can control your process and how you approach things day in and day out,” Saleh said. “We're already getting a really good feel just going through the draft process and OTAs. He's going to have the right process, he's going to get better.”

“I loved it,” Becton said. “I was just thinking to myself if we can give him time and he can make throws like that, we're going to win a lot of games.”

That, of course, is the plan. And the Jets expect Wilson to be a major reason for that success.

In the meantime, New York also knows there will be a few more days like Friday, when Wilson was shaky after missing the first two practices of camp while waiting to have his four-year, $35.15 million rookie deal worked out.

“He's going to have so many ebbs and flows, it's going to drive us all crazy,” coach Robert Saleh said. “But it's all part of a process of getting better. He was champing at the bit to get back out here and he'll champ at the bit to get out there tomorrow."

Wilson's timing appeared a bit off Friday, and understandably so after a six-week layoff. He was much more in tune Saturday. While the TD pass to Moore — a fellow rookie who has been outstanding since rookie camp in May — was the highlight, there were a handful of other plays that marked Wilson's solid day.

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The Jets and Wilson 's reps are likely haggling over the offset language in his contract. Teams want offset language in a contract, and usually get it, because it allows them to minimize the amount of money they have to pay a player if they cut him and he gets signed by another team. The Jets faced heavy criticism when Darnold in 2018, under a different general manager at the time, faced heavy criticism in 2018 when Darnold missed those three practices early in training camp . But it was ultimately forgotten within a week and had no long-term impact on his career.

With his first training camp practice in the books, Jets head coach Robert Saleh says that Wilson has a lot to learn and experience before the first week of the regular season. “I know sometimes we can get focused on results, but there's process and he's got a tremendous process. Can't control certain things that happen play in and play out, but you can control your process and how you approach things day in and day out,” Saleh said. “We're already getting a really good feel just going through the draft process and OTAs. He's going to have the right process, he's going to get better.”

He led Corey Davis down the sideline on a timing pattern that led to an easy reception. Later, Wilson scrambled to his right and zipped a pass to Denzel Mims, who made a nice grab. There was also a play when Wilson backpedaled to get out of trouble and found Moore for a completion.

“That's one of the traits that is very unique about him,” Saleh said of Wilson's ability to make off-balance throws. “He is an improvisor. You know, you have your runners, you have your scramblers and then you have your pocket passers. And he is more of a scrambler in the sense that he's looking to throw, he's trying to move and he can throw off his right, left, sidearm, under — whatever motion and platform you want to talk about.”

Wilson, who spoke to reporters Friday, insisted he had lots to work on and knows there will be a learning curve during his transition to the NFL.

And that goes for all the rookies. Not just Wilson.

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His absence from camp was settled on Thursday when he finally signed his rookie contract, enabling him to take the field. Although rookie contracts are preset according to the slot the player was drafted in, the way the money is paid out and other technical aspects of the deal need to be negotiated. On Friday, Wilson and the other two young quarterbacks on the roster, James Morgan and Mike White, worked closely with Mike LaFleur, the team’s offensive coordinator. Despite several poor throws, the day was not all bad for Wilson . His first pass was completed to Elijah Moore for a long gain, eliciting

Wilson went through his first training camp practice Friday after missing the first two days of camp while his agent and the Jets haggled over his contract. With that behind him, now he can worry about football. His first practice was a rough one, which was not a surprise considering it was his first time Zach Wilson at his first official Jets practice on July 30, 2021. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post. Jets coach Robert Saleh chalked his struggles up to the defense being ahead of the offense at this point in training camp and said this is all just part of his learning curve. “For him, it’s getting caught up

"There’s going to be a lot of hair-pulling moments," Saleh said. “There’s going to be times where they look like they’re Pro Bowlers. There can be times where they look like they’ve never been coached before. But that’s part of the evolution and the growth and development of these young guys. And we’re excited for the challenge to see how far we can get these guys to go.”

NOTES: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former Jets running back and Pro Football Hall of Famer Curtis Martin were among those watching practice. ... Saleh addressed the fans briefly after practice, thanking them for coming. He ended it by leading them in an “All Gas, No Brake!” cheer — the team's mantra this season. That came after rookie LG Alijah Vera-Tucker, the No. 14 overall pick, opened practice by running down the sideline and getting fans to break into a “J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!” chant. ... CB Jason Pinnock, a fifth-rounder out of Pittsburgh, had a sliding interception of Mike White's tipped pass during team drills. ... Second-year QB James Morgan, competing with White for the backup job, connected with D.J. Montgomery for a long TD pass.

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