The NY Jets still aren't happy about the controversial comments made by Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton earlier in the summer. His words clearly struck a nerve with many in the Jets' organization, and star wide receiver Garrett Wilson appears to be one of them.
Eagle-eyed viewers caught on to a potentially elite troll job by the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year during his sideline interview in Saturday's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.
Wilson, who did not play in the game due to a minor ankle injury, was spotted on the sideline, taking part in an in-game interview while wearing a bucket hat and sunglasses.
Why is this notable? Because this is exactly what Payton doesn't want his players to do. Per NFL Network's James Palmer, Payton has taken a hard stance on what Broncos players can and can't do during preseason games.
The former New Orleans Saints coach is attempting to establish a new locker-room attitude, although his strict and rigid approach hasn't been well-received by many around the league. Wilson decided to poke some fun at him in a very subtle way on Saturday — at least, that's what it seems.
Garrett Wilson poked fun at Sean Payton amidst his growing rivalry with the NY Jets
The only "rule" that Wilson adhered to was Payton's edict that players must keep wearing their uniforms after they're done playing. Wilson wasn't in uniform for the interview, but he also didn't play in the game, so he didn't really have an option.
How do we know Wilson was trolling and that this wasn't just a coincidence? The former Ohio State star seemed to confirm his antics by liking a post on Twitter suggesting he was taking a subtle shot at Payton.
It was a very understated jab and, quite frankly, might have just been an inside joke for those within the organization. Still, it adds another layer to the brewing rivalry between Payton and the Jets.
Payton was previously harsh in his criticism of both Nathaniel Hackett and the entire Jets organization in a tell-all interview released last month. The Broncos coach has since expressed regret for his words, but the damage has already been done.
The good news is that these two teams will have the opportunity to play each other come a highly-anticipated Week 5 matchup later this year. The game has received so much hype that it has its own betting section on DraftKings.
Garrett Wilson's apparent troll job may have been subtle, but it was no doubt effective in making a statement. The Jets haven't forgotten about Payton's comments.