New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is now firmly the No. 2 quarterback on the team after their acquisition of Aaron Rodgers this offseason. But that doesn’t exactly mean that the Jets coaching staff has given up on him, as head coach Robert Saleh praised him heavily on Thursday.
Wilson has performed admirably in the Jets’ first two preseason games, and it seems like it has been much of the same in training camp, leading to Saleh’s praise.
“His growth has been phenomenal, and the confidence at which he’s just letting the ball rip. He’s playing without fear, he’s letting the bad plays go. The nuances, the ball handling, and all the little details of his game have just elevated. He’s absorbing all this information & just learning so freakin much. It’s a credit to him & the way he’s attacked this.”
Robert Saleh on Zach Wilson:
"His growth has been phenomenal, & the confidence at which he's just letting the ball rip. He's playing without fear, he's letting the bad plays go. The nuances, the ball handling & all the little details of his game have just elevated, & credit to… pic.twitter.com/SejLZP9UWW
— Harrison Glaser (@NYJetsTFMedia) August 17, 2023
Saleh went on to say that he believes Wilson will “be in this league for a long time”.
Robert Saleh just gave lengthy praise of QB2 Zach Wilson’s recent growth and approach.
“He’s gonna be in this league for a long time,” Saleh added of Wilson, knocking on the wooden podium as he said it. pic.twitter.com/fnPWnEoyt4
— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) August 17, 2023
Aaron Rodgers is undoubtedly a player that has a ton of experience and expertise, and it seems like Wilson is learning a ton right away from him.
At only 24 years of age, there is still plenty of time for Zach Wilson to potentially start again at some point in his career if he continues to impress. However, that may be a difficult proposition with Aaron Rodgers in town, especially since Rodgers has expressed his desire to play multiple years in New York.
Regardless, it is promising that Saleh is still seemingly so high on Wilson, and that Rodgers influence on him appears to be a huge positive.