NY Jets quarterback Zach Wilson wasted little time getting himself acquainted with his new teammates this spring. But few could have expected that it would be Braxton Berrios who established himself as Wilson's favorite target.
Elijah Moore made all the headlines. Keelan Cole was the sleeper surprise. Corey Davis missed some time, but still had his moments. However, when all was said and done, it was Berrios who emerged as Wilson's favorite receiver.
The 25-year-old capped off a strong spring with an excellent showing during minicamp where he carried over the momentum that he had built at OTAs.
With Jamison Crowder absent from team drills, Berrios received plenty of snaps at slot receiver. And he made the most of his opportunities.
NY Jets quarterback Zach Wilson formed a bond with Braxton Berrios this spring.
On the field, Wilson and Berrios connected perhaps more than any other QB/WR duo. And off the field, the two were often seen chatting or goofing around.
Wilson and Berrios already have impressive chemistry with one another despite the fact that the former hasn't even been on the team for a full two months yet. And that should serve Berrios well going forward.
The Jets wide receiver room is crowded and Berrios went into this spring looking to hang on to a roster spot. Now, he's more concerned with solidifying a role in the offense.
Despite his chemistry with Wilson, that won't be an easy task, however.
Moore looks like a superstar in the making and should see plenty of playing time in the slot — although he's more than capable as an outside target as well.
Crowder was absent for most of the spring which is what led to Berrios receiving so many snaps with the first-team offense. But once he returns, Berrios' role will surely diminish.
But by how much? Will new offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur still find a way to get him on the field? It will take some shuffling, but the Jets might not have any other choice.
The Jets are five or six deep at wide receiver right now with Davis, Cole, Moore, Crowder, Berrios, and 2020 second-round pick Denzel Mims. If anything, Mims is the one who has found himself on the outside looking in.
The former Baylor star was an afterthought this spring and was relegated to exclusively second-team work during minicamp.
Many expected Zach Wilson to bond with the likes of Davis, Moore, and even Mims this spring. Instead, it's been a forgotten face who could push for snaps on offense in 2021.
Don't overlook Braxton Berrios this summer.