Last week, Zach Wilson acknowledged the emotional conflict he had over maintaining his playstyle while operating under the Jets’ attacking system.
Wilson added that he needs to act relaxed and naturally react to what protection presents him.
Against the Dolphins, the # 2 overall pick showed signs of psychological relief as there were moments where Wilson activated his playmaker trait, such as Ryan Griffin’s 23-yard finish when he made a pair of defenders miss when he fought earlier. tossing to Griffin.
The next step will be to develop it and fight the Jaguars, who are 27th in points per game.
Jets offensive coordinator Mike Lafler saw flashes of raw talent in Wilson, and it all started with the former BYU standout player playing without hesitation.
“This is what we obviously reproach him: just be free and don’t analyze too much, but it has to come (from) within.” And he knows it, and he knew, he fought for his butt, ”LaFleur said. “He’s a major competitor, but it’s hard to do when you’re a little locked up and not playing as freely as he wanted. I thought this was what you saw in him, he played for free and he fought for his butt and he played a few times that there were too many breakdowns and he made some games to keep us in a situation where it it wasn’t disastrous. ”
A perfect example of how to get the Jets out of disaster was his third and fourth scrum in the third quarter, when he shook Dolphins defender Justin Coleman, who was released and then dodged four more defenders to catch the first down.
“I’ve been talking to (LaFleur) about this for a while. I just think it was a game that I was like, “You know what, just go out and stop,” Wilson said. “When I say this, I mean, obviously, I’m still within the structure of the crime, still going through my readings and still checking that I’m doing everything right, but just reacting with the natural feeling that is given to me, not I just force myself to stay in one place and try to go through the reading. Just play football – you know where the guys are going to be during the game – so just go out and play football and react to what they give you. ”
Wilson has a great development opportunity as he prepares for the Jaguars’ porous gear protection. The Jaguars allow QB to complete 70% of their passes, the highest in the NFL, with a passing rating of 101, the fifth highest.
Two problems for Wilson before this match.
Jamison Crowder, who received the starting slot, could have missed Sunday’s game due to a calf injury. Crowder hasn’t trained this week and is the only remaining player on the host Corps Corey Davis and Elijah Moore.
Davis was out for a year with a major muscle injury, and Moore injured his quad after playing the Eagles, resulting in an IR.
Crowder has 431 yards on two touchdowns and is ahead of the Jets by average yards of separation. Occasionally over the past two games, Wilson has struggled without his two main goals due to the inconsistent division provided by the other hosts.
So if Crowder can’t leave, this fight could get worse.
In addition, the Jaguars blitz at 32.5% of their defensive shots, the fifth-largest that Wilson is still working on. He completed 43% of the passes against blitz and suffered 11 sacks. Wilson went 3-of-7 for 57 yards against the Dolphins and was sacked four times.
The bags were not on him or in the line of attack. Some had bad communication in front, in other cases Wilson was holding the ball – all problems could be corrected.
But Wilson felt free against the Dolphins. It’s time to develop your mental development and continue to instinctively play against the Jaguars.