New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is set to make his first official NFL snap this 2021, but don’t let his rookie status fool you: he’s wise beyond his years.
Offensive lineman Greg Van Roten believes as much, revealing that Wilson is more than capable of handling the pressure as a starter and living up to the hype of being the second pick of the 2021 draft.
The 22-year-old may have a baby face and doesn’t look frightening at all, but Van Roten has seen veteran habits on Wilson that make him as dangerous as the grizzled QBs that have been dominating the NFL for years and decades now.
“I think he’ll be fine,” Van Roten said of the Jets rookie signal-caller, per Yahoo Sports. “He’s a rookie in name only. He prepares so well. He watches so much film. I’ve watched film with him and how he filters things. He’s teaching me stuff about how to prepare for an opponent. Now it’s up to us as a line, as a unit to block guys, give him time to let guys get open, let him make plays and not put the game solely in Zach’s hands. Our job is to keep him clean and be able to run the ball to make his job easier.”
It’s not as if Zach Wilson needs more vote of confidence, though. The fact that the Jets have him as a starter and even cut veteran Josh Johnson to leave him with little veteran backup just show that they trust him to be the face of the franchise moving forward.
Wilson, for his part, has certainly shown flashes of brilliance that the Jets hope will be more consistent during the 2021 season. In the two preseason games he played against the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, the former BYU standout completed 15 of 20 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns–all without an interception.
It’s only a small sample size, but it sure looks like Wilson is more than ready for the big leagues.