Garrett Wilson, NY Jets, Route, Running, Stats
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Garrett Wilson is creating space for the New York Jets

New York Jets rookie Garrett Wilson is enjoying an impressive start to his rookie season. Through four games, the 10th overall pick has 20 catches for 255 yards, two touchdowns, and 10 first downs.

When you dig deeper into Wilson’s analytics, it is revealed that he is playing even better than his production indicates.

Two different analytics writers – Pro Football Focus’s Timo Riske and ESPN’s Seth Walder – reported that Wilson ranks among the two best route-running wide receivers in the NFL, according to a pair of different metrics that aim to evaluate route-running performance.

Riske says Wilson leads the NFL in route success rate against “man single coverage” at 54%. That is well beyond the 30% league average for wide receivers.

Walder says Wilson ranks second among wide receivers in “expected yards per route run based on route profile”. With a mark of 1.84, he trails only Deebo Samuel, who Walder notes has an inflated mark due to his heavy dosage of screen passes.

These metrics certainly align with what we’ve seen on film from Wilson. He is winning his routes at an absurdly consistent rate. With savvy technique and outstanding explosiveness off his break step, Wilson is getting open at will.

It was well-known that Wilson had this kind of potential in the NFL – he was selected 10th overall for a reason – but few thought Wilson would explode this early in his career. Only four games in, he is already the Jets’ favorite target in the passing game.

Wilson’s meteoric rise is a pleasant surprise for the Jets. Thanks to his elite route-running ability, he is already a tremendous quarterback-elevating asset for Zach Wilson.

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Michael Nania is one of the best analytical New York Jets minds in the world, combining his statistical expertise with game film to add proper context to the data. Nania scrapes every corner, ensuring you know all there is to know about everyone from the QB to the long snapper. Nania's Numbers, Nania's QB Grades, and Nania's All-22 give fans a deeper and more well-rounded dive into the Jets than anyone else can offer. Email: michael.nania[at]jetsxfactor.com - Twitter: @Michael_Nania
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Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
1 month ago

Would love for you guys to really explain the route tree and the techniques that go into being a great route runner. The difference between Wilson and any WR we’ve seen since Al Toon is stunning. Chrebet could get open too, but this guy is special.