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NY Jets Film: Why this year’s Zach Wilson is better than last year’s

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Analyzing All-22 film of Zach Wilson and the other key takeaways (both good and bad) from New York Jets’ upset win over Philadelphia

After securing a “must win” game against their newest rival in the Denver Broncos, the New York Jets returned east to host the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles, who just a few short months ago were playing in the Super Bowl. For the Jets, facing a top-tier opponent in Philadelphia presented an opportunity to enter the bye week with a surge of momentum after a disheartening 1-3 start.

And the Jets would deliver. The defense led the way, forcing four turnovers and holding the Eagles’ explosive offense to 14 points.

Still, quarterback Zach Wilson took another step forward and played a role in the victory. That’s not to say he was great against Philly – he wasn’t, and there is still so much for him to work on – but this version of Wilson is clearly an upgrade over last year’s. Regardless of what Wilson’s stats might say about his performance against the Eagles, his film clearly showcases the ways in which he has improved.

The full, member-only Jets vs. Eagles film breakdown can be found at the bottom of this article (must be a Jets X-Factor member and logged into the site). 

Turning the attention back to the defense, the Eagles were considering a daunting matchup when it was announced that the Jets would be missing both starting corners in Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed. There was no way the Jets could overcome the Eagles’ wide receiver duo of DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown with backup corners, right?

WRONG! Robert Saleh and the New York Jets had different plans. With Bryce Hall, Craig James, and Tae Hayes playing key snaps at corner, the Jets managed to force Jalen Hurts into tying his career-high with three interceptions. Second-year safety Tony Adams also shined, highlighted by a game-turning interception, although Adams also made plenty of other plays.

Usual suspects in the front seven rose to the occasion, including Bryce Huff, Quinnen Williams, C.J. Mosley, and newly ascending star Quincy Williams. Meanwhile, Jermaine Johnson continued his development with a second consecutive productive game.

The defense was outstanding, but questions remain about the offense. Was Wilson at fault for the Jets’ lack of red-zone touchdowns? Is Nathaniel Hackett doing a good job of play calling? That’s what we’re going to find out by looking at the film.

  • How did Zach Wilson perform?
  • How did the Jets change up their usual defensive looks?
  • What went wrong with the Jets’ red zone possessions?
  • What makes Bryce Huff so good?
  • What are the keys to Jermaine Johnson’s improvement?
  • The details behind Tyler Conklin’s quietly strong play
  • What’s going on with the Jets’ banged-up offensive line?

All of these topics and many more are covered on the latest episode of Blewett’s Blitz!

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7 months ago

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