The Jets to date have opened up 4 of their OTA practices to the media this spring. The newest was Tuesday within the sweltering warmth. Here are some ideas and observations from the spring practices:
1. Zach Wilson has been the featured attraction, after all. Everyone within the media and contained in the Jets group has been curious to see the No. 2 general decide. Wilson has been spectacular. That comes with the caveat – it’s only June and they’re in shorts. But you possibly can see his bodily potential and he additionally appears to see the sector properly. He doesn’t have many reps the place he holds onto the ball too lengthy, a signal of a younger quarterback overthinking issues.
He has had a number of spotlight throws. Two stood out on Tuesday. He threw one deep ball down the sideline to fellow rookie Elijah Moore (extra on him in a bit), who made a diving catch. It was a fairly ball that he laid out simply the place Moore may get it. On one other cross, he positioned it completely over cornerback Michael Carter to Keelan Cole, who had run a nook route. The ball went simply over Carter’s fingers and located Cole.
The ball comes out of Wilson’s fingers shortly. On some throws, he jogs my memory of an elite level guard throwing a bounce cross on the quick break to a spot he anticipates a teammate. Wilson, a former level guard, made a kind of throws final week to Braxton Berrios throughout the center. It caught the attention of the coaches.
“He just zipped it in there and didn’t try to do anything cute with it,” coach Robert Saleh stated. “He just got it to him in a hurry. And, some young quarterbacks might try to make the perfect throw, he got it in and out of his hands as quickly as possible and got it to him as quickly as possible so (Braxton) could go create with the ball. And, we felt like that was a pretty veteran move.”
No one is anointing Wilson but. This is just not even the primary inning of the sport. It is extra like batting observe. But you possibly can see the bodily expertise that the Jets fell in love with. The Jets must be thrilled with what they’ve seen so removed from Wilson.
2. Wilson is just not the only rookie turning heads. Moore, the second-round pick from Ole Miss, seems legit. He appears to catch every part thrown his approach. He has proven velocity, good route operating and robust fingers throughout the open OTAs. If the Jamison Crowder contract deadlock will get resolved, it is going to be attention-grabbing to see how the Jets get them each on the sector at the identical time, however it’ll be laborious to maintain Moore on the sideline. He seems that good.
3. OK, sufficient sunshine and rainbows. As good as among the rookies have appeared, Joe Douglas’ first draft class from 2020 has had a quiet spring. First-round decide Mekhi Becton is sidelined with a foot harm. Wide receiver Denzel Mims missed one observe with an sickness and has not had a lot of highlights when the media has been watching. Ashtyn Davis has not been on the sector. James Morgan seems like he’s not even near being able to play in an precise recreation. Jabari Zuniga and Cameron Clark are getting time with the backups.
Bryce Hall and La’Mical Perine will probably have large roles this fall, however there are extra query marks than solutions about this draft class proper now.
4. The Jets backup quarterback scenario is one to observe. The group has determined not to herald a veteran this spring and that has benefitted Wilson, Morgan and Mike White, who’ve gotten all of the reps. But the Jets must know they will’t go into the season with out a quarterback who has ever taken a snap in an NFL recreation on the roster. Bears quarterback Nick Foles is the one to observe. Does Douglas ship a sixth-round decide to Chicago for his previous good friend from the Eagles? He must do one thing earlier than coaching camp as a result of the backup scenario is ugly at the second.