The New York Jets are hoping that newly-acquired tight end CJ Uzomah and second-year quarterback Zach Wilson can quickly develop a strong rapport. After landing in New York following an excellent season with the Cincinnati Bengals, Uzomah is looking to become a key contributor on the Jets' offense. Fans will be delighted to hear his glowing review of Wilson, in which the tight end raved about the 22-year-old's talent. Via Brian Costello, Uzomah described Wilson as being “talented as hell.”
Jets TE C.J. Uzomah on QB Zach Wilson: “He’s talented as hell."
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) May 11, 2022
Considering Uzomah spent the past few seasons catching passes from Joe Burrow, hearing him offer such high praise to Wilson is encouraging for Jets fans. The whole organization is hoping to see some major strides from Wilson in Year 2, and the team signed Uzomah to provide him with a big-bodied safety net target to pass to. At the very least, to hear that Uzomah likes what he sees from Wilson is a great sign that the two will form a strong partnership.
With the addition of Uzomah alongside Garrett Wilson, the Jets' receiving corps is already vastly improved compared to last season. Those two should play significant roles alongside Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, and Braxton Berrios.
Last year with the Bengals, Uzomah caught a career-high 49 receptions for 493 yards and 5 touchdowns. He's featured in 79 games for the team since they drafted him in the fifth round in 2015.
The Jets signed Uzomah on a three-year, $24 million deal that includes $15 million in guaranteed money. He'll make $3 million in base salary in 2022, as well as a $1.66 million signing bonus.