Garrett Wilson, WR, NY Jets
- 8 targets, 4 receptions for 52 yards, 70.6 PFF grade, 49% snap count
The top wide receiver target for the Jets in the 2022 NFL Draft made a few eye-popping plays in Week 1. Garett Wilson displayed how slippery and elusive he is with the ball in his hands.
A broken play in the first quarter epitomized this the most. Wilson came back from his original route after seeing Joe Flacco had no options elsewhere. As he did often during his days at Ohio State, he made something out of nothing and nearly got the first down.
In the postgame press conference, Saleh mentioned that Wilson should have been able to get the first down on this play. Wilson likely could have likely moved the chains if he didn't try to make the third guy miss.
It was still an incredible effort, and definitely something the rookie will learn from. It was clear after he celebrated without knowing if he got the first down that he was feeling the adrenaline of his first NFL game.
Most of his other catches came when the game was out of reach, but that was because Wilson only played six snaps in the first half. Saleh later admitted that they need to try to get him more involved going forward.
Ideally, the Jets will find ways to get him on the field to start the game and throughout it. Making sure their 10th overall pick is on the field over players like Lawrence Cager would be the smart move going forward.
Jermaine Johnson, DE, NY Jets
- 2 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 QB hit, 59.9 PFF grade, 34% snap count
The player who the Jets traded up to get at the end of the first round also had a solid debut. Jermaine Johnson registered his first sack (half-sack split with Jacob Martin), in bringing down Lamar Jackson, one of the most elusive quarterbacks in all of football.
Outside of his big play, Johnson didn't see the field all too much. This is very much in line with the Saleh style of defense where edge players are rotated often throughout the course of the game.
Johnson showed great pursuit and effort in the limited time he was on the field, he will seemingly need to make the most out of the opportunities he has with the depth chart being stacked ahead of him.