NY Jets rookie stock report following Week 2 win over the Browns

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The NY Jets won a football game in September — this is not a drill. After a disastrous Week 1 performance to open the 2022 season, the Jets pulled out a historic comeback win over the Cleveland Browns.

It's still hard to comprehend how the Jets actually pulled off a victory in this type of game considering it felt like they forgot how to win meaningful football games since 2015.

While there were still mistakes made and moments to learn from, what the coaches and players are judged on is whether or not the team wins. For that reason, Jets fans can be smiling heading into Week 3.

Throughout the season, the team will likely go as the 2022 rookie class does, considering how much talent was brought in at key positions during the draft.

The first victory of the Jets' 2022 season was dominated by performances from the rookie class.

Stock up: Garrett Wilson, WR, NY Jets ($GDUB)

  • 14 targets, 8 receptions for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns, 61% snap count

The player of the game and one of the most memorable performances from a Jets wide receiver over the last five-plus seasons, Garrett Wilson had his coming out party back in his home state of Ohio during Week 2.

Wilson was targeted a team-high 14 times after a long week of coaches saying that they needed to incorporate him into the game plan more.

The rookie out of Ohio State ran a diverse route tree during his breakout performance mixing up short, intermediate, and deep looks. Perhaps the best part of Wilson's day was that he was able to overcome a big mistake late in the game.

After dropping an easy third-down catch on what seemed to be the last chance to stage a comeback, it appeared as though a solid game could have been overshadowed by a rookie mistake.

Following Corey Davis' blown coverage touchdown and the miraculous onside kick conversion, Wilson was Flacco's go-to target on the final drive to finally take the lead with the rookie's game-winning touchdown grab.

Considering the state of the wide receiver position over the last decade for the Jets, it's a bit of a shock to see such a dominant performance from a receiver nonetheless a rookie.

Through his first two games, Wilson has shown the potential and now the production of what could be a legitimate No. 1 wideout in the NFL. This included some high praise from teammate and stud D.J. Reed.

Having a Jets player be compared to one of, if not, the best receiver in the league is a bit stunning to hear at first based on prior PTSD from lack of talent in the past.

But through two games, Wilson's flashes go a long way in showing that the Jets may have landed an immediate impact player at a key position. Wilson will no doubt aid in the development of the offense and second-year quarterback Zach Wilson upon his return from injury.