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Rejoice, New York Jets fans. Zach Wilson is back.
Most Jets fans already know that the rookie quarterback is returning after missing four weeks with a knee injury. Some have suggested the Jets actually made strides while he was out — and Mike White and Joe Flacco took over.
But Wilson suggested he can and will be better, as the Jets get ready to square off with the Houston Texans in the unofficial Toilet Bowl. He suggested a big part of improving is getting rid of the ball quicker and changing plays when the need calls for it.
Basically, Wilson’s goal is to play fast.
“Stats don’t matter,” Wilson he told reporters. “What’s the highest percentage play that’s going to put us in the best situation? Maybe it’s second-and-10, and somebody gets beat, and I gotta throw the ball at somebody’s feet. That’s the best play to put us in third-and-10, rather than taking a sack or forcing the ball up. Those big plays need to be there when they’re giving us those big plays.
“My mindset needs to be to make them pay when they give it to us, but if they don’t, I wouldn’t call it boring football. Just play football that way it should be played.”
He also stressed the need to be more confident, more poised and to not force things.
“If something doesn’t look good, I need to trust in it,” Wilson said. “There’s going to be opportunities in this game here where I might walk away and think, ‘Dang, I missed that down the field,’ but because I was decisive, got it out of my hands, we still had a play out of it.”
There is still time for Wilson to become the QB the Jets seemingly still believe he can be. Now, he seemingly is believing it too.