NFL star already studies NY Jets WR Garrett Wilson to get better

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NY Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson put together quite the rookie season in 2022. The 10th overall pick in last year's draft earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors after finishing with 83 catches for 1,103 yards and four touchdowns.

Pro Football Focus named him the 10th-best wide receiver in the NFL after his spectacular production that came despite receiving the worst quarterback play in the league. Wilson's accomplishments didn't go unnoticed.

Seattle Seahawks star wide receiver Tyler Lockett spoke to Fox Sports last week, and when asked about wide receivers he studies to improve his game, the former All-Pro didn't hesitate when mentioning Wilson's name.

Lockett has been one of the NFL's most productive wide receivers over the last half-decade. He's averaged 79 catches for 1,056 yards and nine touchdowns over the last five years as one of the key components of Seattle's offense.

Lockett is someone who has honed his craft in the NFL over the last eight years, but his veteran status doesn't preclude him from watching and learning from younger players. He explained exactly why he admires Wilson's game.

"Garrett Wilson's game is real savvy. I think he's really elusive — when you watch the way that he gets off the line, you watch the way that he catches the ball. He's able to catch the ball, make a move, and he's able to take it to the house at any time."

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NFL players already know how good NY Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson is

It says something that a perennial star receiver like Lockett is already watching film of Garrett Wilson to improve his game. That's a testament to just how polished and methodical Wilson already is at this stage of his career.

After just one season, it's become abundantly clear that the Jets have their next star wideout. Wilson became the first Jets player since Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker in 2015 to top 1,000 receiving yards, and he did so as a rookie.

Not to mention, Marshall and Decker were beneficiaries of one of the best single-season quarterback performances in franchise history. Wilson's quarterback play was some of the worst the NFL has seen in years.

The sky is truly the limit for Wilson as he enters his sophomore NFL season, and with a hopefully improved quarterback position, there's no telling the numbers he could put up in 2023 if he stays healthy.

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Garrett Wilson probably grew up studying film of players like Lockett. Now, those same players are watching Wilson in an effort to better their own game. Talk about a full-circle moment.