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Zach Wilson's magic and the top 5 moments for the NY Jets in 2021

By Adam Melendez
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1. Go Long

We could have highlighted the entire game against Tennessee, but this was one moment that will live on as the moment where we first saw Wilson's talent at work. If he becomes the quarterback of the future, the finger could be pointed at this single play where we first saw his greatness.

After falling behind 9-0 against the Titans, the Jets seemed to find their rhythm. The defense kept the team in the game, sacking Ryan Tannehill seven times on the day. Wilson flashed his talent throughout, including a deep throw to Keelan Cole that gave the Jets the lead on a field goal.

The Titans would respond with a touchdown and two-point conversion. Wilson again worked some magic recovering a fumbled snap and hitting Jameson Crowder inside the red zone, and targeting Crowder again for the game-tying touchdown.

Then, it happened.

Getting the ball back, the Jets were at around the 50-yard line with just under 10 minutes left. Zach Wilson took the snap, rolled to his right, waved Corey Davis downfield, and launched one of the prettiest balls you will ever see between two defenders for a touchdown to take the lead.

The Jets would take the game to overtime, winning after Tennessee missed a potential game-tying field goal. It gave fans a glimpse of what the team could be.

A young group that fights even when they're down. A defensive line that makes life miserable for opposing quarterbacks. Running backs running well. Wide receivers making plays.

And Zach Wilson cooking a defense. If the Jets that played against the Titans showed up every week, they would be a playoff team with ease. In time, their success will come.

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For now, everything that Zach Wilson could be is held within one play. He bought time, saw the play he wanted, and simply said:

"Go long."

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