NY Jets QB Zach Wilson throws 4 interceptions in loss to Patriots
The rookie quarterback often chose the riskier option in what turned out be a lesson learned.
Promising quarterback Zach Wilson will hope to learn some lessons after a shocking performance which saw him throw four interceptions.
Sometimes boring is good
New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson was given a warm welcome to the infamous rivalry with the New England Patriots. The rookie threw 4 interceptions - in his first 10 pass attempts - with two them coming in his first two tries, as the Jets lost 25-6 on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. If there was a lesson to be learned, it was not to be over zealous with the football.
"It's OK to play a boring game of football. That's really it," coach Robert Saleh stated. "He's an electric dude. He's competitive as crap and he wants to win so bad, but sometimes it's OK to be boring. That's probably the biggest lesson he can take out of this one."
A lesson learned
Wilson, who came into the league as the #2 draft overall seemed to constantly go for the riskier play throughout the night rather than choosing safer options. "This is what we signed up for, right?" Wilson said. "There's going to be games like this, the ups and downs. I just have to remember the situation I'm in. I'm an important piece in this whole thing, and I just have to keep learning and getting better. You have to keep that swag and that mojo every single week."
Asked about his young talent, Coach Saleh gave a supportive review, "It wasn't like he was overwhelmed," "There's some fundamental things that he has to understand with regard to taking care of the ball and basic stuff."
The first of Wilson's interceptions came when he threw to wide receiver Corey Davis over the middle only to see it caught on a deflection by corner back J.C. Jackson. Questioned on the effect of Patriots' linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley coming free on a delayed blitz, "I probably just shouldn't have thrown it," he said. "That's really what it comes down to."
On the second interception one could argue bad luck but the pass was again forced. Wilson threw to Davis on the sideline choosing to ignore an open Elijah Moore. Deflecting off of Davis' hands, safety Adrian Phillips was able to make an acrobatic diving pick. "I should've had that," Davis said.
The third interception was once again an errant pass to Moore and once again caught by an ever present Jackson. The fourth interception was a deep pass that was nowhere in the vicinity of a target. Safety Devin McCorty was a willing recipient.
Facing the music
Though disappointed, Wilson showed a measured calmness in his response. "I just have to tell myself, 'Hey, I can't be gun-shy,'" he said. "I have to sling it around and I still have to beaggressive down the field, especially when we're down. And I have to take care of the ball."