Zach Wilson, Chad Johnson, Chad Ochocinco
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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.

***Warning: NSFW language below

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.

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.

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.

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Ian Roddy is a football writer currently working towards his masters at USC. He brings a versatile journalistic skill set to Jets X-Factor with both writing and audio. Email:
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