Jets’ Robert Saleh seeing positive signs, trait he loves from Zach Wilson

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Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson was criticizing himself after Sunday’s 21-14 win over the Texans.

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In Wilson’s first game after a four-game absence due to a knee injury, the No. 2 overall pick struggled. It took him about 1/₂ quarter before he regained any momentum, and threw his 10th interception of the season.

Jets coach Robert Saleh said on Monday that he saw some good things from Wilson as the game progressed, and he appreciates Wilson being so critical of himself.

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“I love that he’s hard on himself. His desire to be better is with anyone’s,” Saleh said. At the same time, the coaches are tough on themselves too. It is our job to help him get better and do everything possible for him. Was it his best game? No. Did he do a lot? Did the game make him comfortable? Absolutely. … He planned three very long drives and did enough to win the football game, and that’s what matters most.

Wilson was 14 of 24 for 145 yards, with interceptions and a speedy touchdown in the win in Houston. The 22-year-old looked like he was running early before getting some good throws at the start of the second half.

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The slow start in Wilson’s rookie season has been a problem. He has had zero touchdown passes and seven interceptions in the first half of this season. He has four touchdown passes and three interceptions in the second half. Saleh said it is something that will come with experience.

“He has to get comfortable with this thing, and it’s representative and time-consuming,” Saleh said.

On Sunday, Wilson opened the game 1-for-6 with an interception. Offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur helped Wilson get into the rhythm with a few short throws in the middle of the second quarter. Wilson led a touchdown drive before and after the half as the Jets took the lead.

However, due to the slow start, the jets also often have to dig holes during this season.

“When you’re younger, it’s one thing to watch tapes, it’s another to go there and practice. Going a hundred miles per hour in front of you with different players’ body language and the way they play their positions Coming up is another thing entirely,” Saleh said. “There’s a trust factor there, isn’t it? It is there. You know it’s there, but you’re not ready to pull the trigger. But you see him pulling the trigger when the second quarter hits, the third quarter, the more he looks, the faster he starts to go. It is part of being young. He’s seeing the right things. He is sending the ball where it needs to go. He is going through the correct reading. It’s a tick late or early and it catches on as the game progresses. It comes back to faith. ,

Wilson’s knee in the fourth quarter on Sunday troubled him early. After gracing out of bounds, he was limping. The Jets’ medical team looked at him on the bench, but Wilson didn’t give up a moment. After the game, Wilson stated that the knee had not fully recovered and that he expected to deal with knee problems. Saleh said the injury should not affect Wilson’s game.

“There’s no limit to what he’ll be able to do in terms of running, retreats, shoes, all that stuff,” Saleh said. “Obviously, he took a really good hit on the edge and he felt it. When he got to the edge it was a bit painful I understand. The pain went away, it felt good, he wanted to get back on the field. We gave him the ground. But he brought us back and he helped us win a football match.”

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