Please allow me some time to admire the brilliance of NY Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson (again). He was able to cross the 1,000-yard mark for a second consecutive season, so he is merely eight seasons away from competing for Mike Evans’ all-time record.
However, he was able to finish his rookie season with 1,103 yards and four touchdowns. While his catches this year (93) are up from last year (83), he has yet to top his rookie yardage and touchdown totals, even though both are within reach.
Wilson needs 95 yards and one touchdown to tie his rookie season totals in both statistics. This is doable for a lot of NFL receivers in a given game but may be too tall a task for Wilson with this passing attack (especially against a Bill Belichick defense).
Wilson has yet to have a game with 95 yards and a touchdown this year, but in both of the two games he scored his four total touchdowns last year, he had 95 or more yards.
Can the NY Jets help Garrett Wilson set new career highs this Sunday?
Unfortunately for him, neither of those quarterbacks (Joe Flacco and Mike White) were retained this past offseason, and he’s had to try to replicate that success with the likes of Zach Wilson, Tim Boyle, and Trevor Siemian.
If I’m a betting man, I probably wouldn’t put him down to surpass his rookie year totals, but I will certainly be keeping a close eye to see how close he comes to them as he tries his absolute best to beat this team.
Among all the Jets players most motivated to end this streak against the New England Patriots, Wilson has given the most sound bites that explicitly state his intention to turn things around and finally defeat this team.