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Zach Wilson shouts out Braxton Berrios

The New York Jets went shot-for-shot with the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. New York went in with a similarly depleted offense as previous weeks, making the game a prime candidate for disaster. One man, however, rose to the occasion and was the do-it-all playmaker of the offense: wide receiver and kick returner Braxton Berrios.

Quarterback Zach Wilson took to Twitter on Monday to call out Braxton for his excellence with a short video clip.

Berrios responded to his quarterback later in the day.

Wilson and Berrios seem to have formed increased chemistry over the past few weeks. With Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, and Jamison Crowder all missing time, Berrios has assumed a large role in the offense, not just slot duties.

Wilson has targeted Berrios a whopping 18 times in the last two games, with Berrios accumulating 13 catches, 102 yards, and a touchdown. Berrios also rushed three times for 15 yards and a touchdown over that span.

The Jets have lined Berrios up all over the field throughout the past two games, including 64 snaps in the slot, 34 out wide, and even two in the backfield.

In a contract year, Berrios has solidified himself as a real playmaker on both offense and special teams for the Jets. Against the Bucs, he was the Jets’ leading receiver with eight receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. He also ran twice for 12 yards and another touchdown.

Berrios has also maintained elite status in the return game. He boasts a 77.4 Pro Football Focus kick return grade, good enough for third in the NFL. This includes grades of 73.3 (5th) and 70.3 (5th) for kickoff and punt returns, respectively. Braxton also owns the second-best kickoff return average in the NFL of 30.4 yards per return and the second-best punt return average at 13.4 yards.

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With Berrios’ ascension in a depleted offense, along with Wilson making strides in his development, resigning Braxton should be a big priority for general manager Joe Douglas. The duo has proven to be effective and hopefully, they will continue to make big plays in the green and white for years to come.

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Oliver Cochrane is a Jets X-Factor news and social media contributor. Email: olivercochrane[at]icloud.com
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