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NY Jets QB Zach Wilson wins not one but two awards

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Zach Wilson earned recognition for his performance in Week 14

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is racking up the awards this week.

On ESPN’s broadcast of Monday Night Football, the pre-game show gives out what is called the “HIMMY” award. Essentially, fans get to vote for who had the best performance of the week.

Former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III nominated the Jets’ quarterback and asked fans to help Wilson win the award. To nobody’s surprise, the former BYU quarterback won.

Wilson is the second Jets player to win the award this season. Punter Thomas Morstead, who is arguably one of the most critical pieces of the team’s success this season, won a “HIMMY” award earlier in the season. The punter took to Twitter to congratulate the quarterback’s accomplishment.

Later in the week, Wilson was named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Wilson is now the third player to win an in-season award for the Jets. Quincy Williams won AFC Defensive Player of the Month in October, while wide receiver Xavier Gipson won Pepsi’s Rookie of the Week award and was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his game-winning punt return touchdown in Week 1.

The awards are well deserved for Wilson after what was arguably the best performance of his career.

The quarterback was decisive and aggressive, making plays reminiscent of what he did at BYU. He threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns while setting career bests in completion percentage (75%) and passer rating (117.9).

After a flurry of Wilson-centric reports and rumors dominated the news cycle throughout the week, his performance was a phenomenal bounce-back. Between his reported reluctance to play again for the Jets and rumors of a trade after the season, the BYU product had every reason to cave to the pressure and outside noise.

It is a credit to Wilson that, despite the drama, he was able to play at a high level and help the Jets break a five-game losing streak.

With all eyes turning to next week, the question is if Wilson can build upon the Texans game.

There is ample opportunity for Wilson to build off his performance on Sunday. The Miami Dolphins’ defense can be vulnerable at times, and after that, the final leg of the Jets’ schedule features two very winnable games against the Commanders and Patriots. In between, the Jets will have a prime-time challenge against the Browns’ elite defense.

Above all, Wilson needs to be consistent. He has had flashes of success before but failed to truly build off it.

Playing for his future in the NFL, Wilson’s remaining starts could dictate what comes next for him. If he can play similarly to how he did Sunday, the Jets will benefit in the short term, while Wilson will benefit in the long term.

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Jonathan Richter
6 months ago

Hate to get ahead of ourselves, but if we can beat the Fins, the Fins have a very tough last 3 games.