Chad Johnson is a certified Zach Wilson fan
“I captivated the guy who captivated a thousand guys.”
Those words were spoken by Michael Scott, but after Sunday’s 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson could very well say the same thing.
Following Wilson’s 297-yard performance and first career win, ex-wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, one of the great pass-catchers in recent NFL history, shouted out the 22-year-old passer on Twitter.
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@ZachWilson Zach i fucking love you man, good shit today, rooting for you heavy on my end. 🙏🏾
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) October 3, 2021
The young signal-caller grew up watching Johnson shred defenses regularly — now he’s getting ringing compliments from him publicly. Wilson was two years old when Johnson debuted for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2001.
Johnson has consistently voiced his support for Wilson – and teammate Elijah Moore – throughout the past few months.
Zach Wilson/Elijah Moore will be great 😊
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 31, 2021
Zach Wilson…. that’s the tweet
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) August 15, 2021
Still can’t get over how good last nights game was, who are you looking forward to watching Sunday, for me it’s obviously the Bengals/Dolphins but really excited about Zach Wilson & Elijah Moore, i think because it’s the Jets nobody’s paying attention but that combo is deadly
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) September 10, 2021
Wilson turned many heads with his performance against Tennessee. As he is quickly learning, one thing about being a starting quarterback in the country’s biggest media market is that while the scrutiny is amplified, so is the praise.
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While Wilson wasn’t flawless in the victory, he was finally able to consistently flash the big-play ability that got him drafted second overall back in April. Combine that with a come-from-behind overtime victory, and that qualifies as “great” by most people’s standards — including Johnson’s.
Wilson finished 21-of-34 for 297 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. He will look to build off this breakout performance next Sunday in London against the Atlanta Falcons (9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network).
It’s a safe bet that die-hard Wilson fan “Ochocinco” will be watching.