Zach Wilson and the offense shine in NY Jets first minicamp practice

NY Jets, Zach Wilson
NY Jets, Zach Wilson / Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The NY Jets officially kicked off their three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday as Zach Wilson and the rest of the team returned to the field for the first time since the final day of OTAs last week.

Wilson experienced his fair share of ups and downs throughout OTAs often pairing encouraging performances with less-than-stellar days, but it seems as though he saved his best for minicamp.

The 2021 second-overall pick came out firing on Tuesday and put together his best performance of the spring. Wilson completed 10-of-13 passes in 11-on-11 drills and 13-of-16 in 7-on-7 drills, per The Athletic's Connor Hughes.

Hughes went on to say that this was "absolutely Zach Wilson’s best" practice of the spring and that he looked "comfortable, decisive and in control."

Zach Wilson impressed in the NY Jets' first minicamp practice of the spring

Wilson didn't light it up with many (if any) highlight-reel plays. There were some impressive tight-window throws including ones to the likes of Garrett Wilson and Braxton Berrios, but that wasn't what made Wilson's performance so encouraging.

As Hughes and others noted, there were no notable mistakes. Wilson looked calm and composed in the pocket. He was in control of the offense and made quick, decisive reads. That's the type of development the Jets are looking to see from Wilson this summer.

As D.J. Bien-Aime of the New York Daily News noted, the offense dominated for most of the afternoon — a welcome change of pace after the defense had gotten the upper hand for most of OTAs.

That was largely due to Wilson's confident performance as the team once again exclusively practiced passing drills. They likely won't expand their drills to the running game until training camp next month.

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Just as with any spring practice, it's important not to overanalyze any singular performance. That said, it's certainly nice to see more practices like this one from the Jets' young quarterback.