A positive New York Jets and Zach Wilson showing in game No. 1 vs. Giants

Hey, what else could you have asked for as a fan? While there’s no question that a 200-yard, two-touchdown outburst from the kid quarterback would have lit Twitter and SportsCenter on fire, the new face of the New York Jets franchise still impressed across the board.

It’s about nuance. It’s about understanding what his employer asked him to accomplish in game No. 1.

Zach Wilson did more than enough to showcase his understanding of the position—even at the NFL level. At the heart of Mike LaFleur‘s offense is the rushing attack, which means these early contests will feature that nucleus, first and foremost.

This offensive scheme will also lean heavily on the three-step stuff, something Wilson handles extremely well. Perhaps most important is the idea that the BYU product capitalized on third down against the New York Giants—the money situation in this league.

NY Jets 53-man roster prediction

Now that game No. 1 is in the books, sorting through the depth chart is now a realistic exercise. Earlier this week, Joe Douglas was forced to cut down to 85 players. Although he still has time prior to cutting down to 53, the roster is starting to become clearer.

Both Joe Blewett and Kyle Smith will provide their thoughts on what the 53-man roster will look like come Week 1 in Carolina. We already know who the opponent will be and which quarterback will be on the field while trying to evade what looks to be a scary Jets front four (minus a now-injured Carl Lawson).

Other preseason Week 1 thoughts

Denzel Mims enjoyed a solid 2021 preseason debut—despite the fact that he entered the game well after other reserve wide receivers. Mims’s impressive YAC play against the Giants got the MetLife Stadium crowd going, but it’ll be interesting to see how his Jets fate shakes out the rest of the way.

Bryce Huff and the rest of the defensive line played extremely well last weekend. Considering the front four’s overall depth, suddenly, the Jets cornerbacks look a lot mightier—as the inside-out principles of football remain firmly intact today.

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You may know Joe Blewett from his wildly-popular film breakdowns and podcasts on websites including Turn on the Jets and Jet Nation. His ability to analyze film is second to none. From a player on the field in high school (FS/CB/WR/RB), to working with former NFL players including Marcus Coleman and Erik McMillan, as well as many hours of studying, Joe brings a rare level of expertise to his content. Joe is currently hosting Blewett’s Blitz, bringing player and game film breakdowns and podcasts (video and audio). Email: joe.blewett@jetsxfactor.com

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