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Chad Johnson continues to be the conductor of the Zach Wilson train

In the midst of the doom and gloom following the New York Jets‘ loss to the New Orleans Saints, one man doubled down on his beliefs in the young quarterback for the green and white.

Former NFL wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson made it clear via Twitter that he still thinks rookie quarterback Zach Wilson will become a star in New York.

Warning: tweet below contains NSFW language

Johnson seems to have great faith in what the future holds for Zach and this young offense.

“[W]e must understand he’s a rookie,” the tweet reads. “[H]e’s an immense talent & once things around him are all on one accord you’ll see them flourish as a unit.”

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It’s encouraging for Jets fans to see others around the NFL world with the same expectations as them for what their favorite team can turn into.

This is not the first time Ochocinco has taken notice of the Jets’ rookie signal-caller. Johnson has shown love for Wilson in the past on Twitter.

Following the Jets’ preseason win against the Green Bay Packers (and a solid 2 TD performance from Wilson), Johnson made sure to praise Wilson’s productive outing.

While it’s easy to dream of a bright future (which is all the fanbase has done for the past 11 years), Sunday’s 30-9 loss to New Orleans was definitely a game to forget. Wilson completed only 19 of 42 passes for 202 yards in the defeat.

This year was never supposed to be about wins and losses for the Jets, but progress by young players remains the primary goal, and Wilson was unable to take steps forward against the Saints. Four games remain for Wilson to build momentum entering 2022.

However, part of Wilson’s issues were the result of a banged-up supporting cast that struggled with drops and failed to create separation. Fortunately, help is on the way.

The Jets’ offense will get some bodies back when they take on the Miami Dolphins this week as Michael Carter, Tevin Coleman, and Tyler Kroft are expected to return from injuries. The defense is expected to welcome back Bryce Huff and Michael Carter II.

New York will aim to play spoiler against a Dolphins team that has won its last five games and is now only one game back from the final AFC wild card spot after a 1-7 start. A bounce-back game from Wilson would be instrumental in making that happen.

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Oliver Cochrane is a Jets X-Factor news and social media contributor. Email: olivercochrane[at]
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Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
1 year ago

Johnson helped Robbie Anderson when he came out of college. Said Anderson could play and he was right. Let’s hope he’s right again.