NY Jets: Zach Wilson reminds his teammate of Aaron Rodgers

NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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The NY Jets saw the preseason debut of Zach Wilson on Saturday. And before he's ever even taken a regular-season snap, the hype continues to grow around the rookie quarterback.

Wilson has drawn comparisons to various NFL greats ranging from Patrick Mahomes to Russell Wilson. Now, you can add Aaron Rodgers to the growing list of future Hall of Famers attached to Wilson's name.

Veteran QB and new teammate Josh Johnson recently spoke to ESPN's Rich Cimini and he claimed that Wilson reminded him of Rodgers. Johnson, somewhat surprisingly, has never actually shared a locker room with Rodgers, but he has been around his fair share of quarterbacks.

The 35-year-old has spent time with 13 different NFL franchises and three separate independent football leagues. And Johnson believes that Wilson has the talent and attitude to be very successful in this league.

"Oh, he's special, man. He can make some throws that I only see a few quarterbacks making. He reminds me a lot of Aaron Rodgers with some of the throws he makes, the way he can get his body in position and make unique throws in the pocket. He has really special arm talent. Once this season gets going, I think the whole country is going to see it. He has what it takes to be successful."

Josh Johnson, on Zach Wilson

Johnson was quick to praise Wilson's arm talent insisting that he has the ability to be a star quarterback based on sheer talent alone. But what impresses Johnson the most is Wilson's attitude and work ethic.

"I've been around so many different quarterbacks and what I appreciate is his ability to want to be great and own everything. He always wants to take the reins. He's hard on himself, which I respect. His work ethic and his appreciation for the game are what's going to make him a great player. He's always asking questions. He's always asking the 'why?' That's the biggest thing, understanding why things are happening."

Josh Johnson, on Zach Wilson

Johnson knows a thing or two about what it takes to play in this league. While his Wikipedia page needs its own table of contents, Johnson has played as long as he has for a reason.

Wilson can learn from his veteran teammate, even if he might not be around him for much longer.

The NY Jets have to be pleased with Zach Wilson's preseason debut.

Wilson made his preseason debut to rave reviews on Saturday as the No. 2 overall pick finished 6-of-9 for 63 yards in a victory over the NY Giants.

He looked poised and in control in both of his offensive drives firing tight-window throws and making passes in the face of pressure. While Wilson didn't light up the stat sheet, it was an encouraging debut for the rookie.

And it exemplified exactly what Johnson is talking about.

One of the biggest question marks with Wilson coming out of BYU was how he'd handle throwing under pressure in the NFL. He passed that test with flying colors on Saturday, albeit in a small sample size.

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The Jets have to be encouraged by Wilson's preseason debut. And Josh Johnson must have been impressed too.