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NY Jets: 8 stars from preseason victory over the NY Giants

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NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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4. Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets

Speaking of Zach Wilson, the rookie quarterback did exactly what he was supposed to do on Saturday.

He didn't make the highlight-reel plays that Trey Lance and Justin Fields did, but he was poised, efficient, and looked to be in control at all times.

Wilson quickly put to bed overblown talks of his training camp "struggles" and was arguably the most effective rookie quarterback in Week 1 of the preseason. His 80.3 Pro Football Focus grade was tops among all rookie signal-callers.

Again, a 6-of-9 for 63-yard stat line isn't going to excite people. But it's a start. Zach Wilson did about as well as could have been expected, and he did so without the likes of Elijah Moore and Alijah-Vera Tucker.

The rookie is off to a good start.

3. Jonathan Marshall, DT, NY Jets

The Jets' defensive line was dominant on Saturday with the depth of the unit on full display against a porous Giants offensive line. And few players impressed as much as Jonathan Marshall did.

The rookie sixth-rounder has been sidelined for much of spring practices and training camp, but he made his preseason debut in style finishing with an unofficial 1.5 sacks and a safety.

Marshall worked the Giants' interior offensive line with his best play coming in the fourth quarter when he ripped past rookie guard Jake Burton for a would-be safety.

The Jets have a deep defensive line, but Marshall has a chance to crack the rotation if he plays like this. The athleticism is there — now it's all about putting it all together.

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