As the NY Jets prepare for the regular season ahead, they face their first test of the football year in preseason action. The Jets have a date with the NY Giants on Saturday in the infamous "Snoopy Bowl" to see which team gets the bragging rights for which is better in the city that never sleeps.
Yeah, preseason football is meaningless but for many players, especially rookies, it's a great test to see how their progress has been going after weeks of preparing in training camp. For rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, it will be his first true test against players wearing different uniforms than the green and white he's been used to seeing for a while now.
The Jets are coming off their worst season in franchise history in 2020, a year that saw them end at 2-14 and one that many fans across the globe would love to forget. With that abysmal season came a plethora of changes all across the organization. The Jets have a new coaching regime, a ton of new players, and well, a potential future franchise quarterback that's excited to finally begin his journey.
NY Jets quarterback Zach Wilson excited for preseason action
In an article written by Brian Costello of the New York Post, Wilson recently chimed his thoughts about his first preseason game in the NFL and how things have been going so far in training camp leading up to Saturday's game:
"I’m excited, it’s going to be good to prepare, just to get back into a season,” Wilson said this week. “It’s crazy how fast it flies by from college to now, preparing with these guys. I feel like we’re learning a lot and we still got a lot of time to just keep learning. We’re learning now, we got a lot of learning this week and when we see these different opponents, it’s going to be great for us."- Zach Wilson
In the grand scheme of things, it's great to see Wilson get excited for his first taste of the NFL. Of course, things won't be easy as he transitions to the pros but it'll also still be exciting for Jets fans to see his progression over these next few important years.
Needless to say, the Jets are in dire need of finally having a stable presence at quarterback, the most important position of the team. If things pan out with Wilson and he indeed becomes everything the Jets want and then some, one can only imagine his continued excitement to turn the franchise from pretenders to contenders in due time.
Overall, Wilson has a good head on his shoulders and by the looks of it, is keeping it real. It's nice to see him speak the truth that yes, this is all still a learning process for him and a lot of the new players around him as well. While Jets fans shouldn't expect them to be immediate playoff contenders this upcoming season, all eyes will be on Wilson as he does his best to get a handle on things and execute. Part of that is being excited for the opportunities that are coming his way in 2021 as they'll be many to prove his worth to the football world.