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'Beefy' Zach Wilson and 4 early takeaways from NY Jets OTAs

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3. Sauce Gardner looks the part

Again, it's always silly to put a ton of stock into reports from OTAs. After all, this is the infamous "best shape of his life" time of the year for many players.

Still, one player who absolutely looked the part during Tuesday's open media practice was rookie cornerback Sauce Gardner.

Gardner wasted little time making an early impact as, just a few plays into the Jets' 7-on-7 drills, the fourth overall pick knocked the ball away from fellow rookie Garrett Wilson for his first pass deflection of the afternoon.

Connor Hughes of The Athletic made sure to emphasize just how physically intimidating Gardner is. As Hughes put it, "Gardner looks a lot bigger in person. Every bit of that 6-foot-3 frame."

Gardner was an early standout from OTAs and he certainly looks every bit of the shutdown cornerback the Jets hope to have landed.

Many saw Gardner as one of the best cornerback prospects to come out of college in years and the Jets were thrilled to see him fall to them with the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft.

He's projected to start opposite D.J. Reed in a revamped Jets secondary, and it might not take long for him to become an instant-impact contributor on defense.

As far as first impressions go, Sauce Gardner passed with flying colors.

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