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Zach Wilson confident, re-energized as Jets QB prepares for Patriots after bye

Jets quarterback Zach Wilson stands on the field

Jets quarterback Zach Wilson stands on the field after an NFL game against the Falcons at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Sunday. Credit: AP/Alastair Grant

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Zach Wilson returned from the bye re-energized and as confident as ever in himself, his teammates and the Jets’ offensive system.

Wilson is preparing this week for his second game against the Patriots. His first featured four interceptions in his first 10 pass attempts in a 25-6 loss at MetLife Stadium. But the rookie quarterback said each game is a steppingstone to the Jets becoming a "special" team.

"Everything is a steppingstone," Wilson said. "We’re building something here that’s going to be special for a long time. When it’s going to be super special, we don’t know. All we have to focus on is one step at a time. Throwing those bricks down and getting better."

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This was expected to a certain extent because they have a new coaching staff, new system and a quarterback who’s seeing NFL defenses for the first time. On Sunday, he’ll face one for the second time for the first time.

"It is a little interesting just because in college you don’t really ever play a team twice," Wilson said. "It is weird going into a game prep week and you already kind of know what they’re going to give you.

"We have a lot of good things we need to fix, but is interesting kind of knowing, going into this past Monday, that we already kind of know what we were going to get."

But Wilson is still facing a Bill Belichick defense, which has had tremendous success against rookie quarterbacks. Wilson said he knew what was coming the last time he played the Patriots, he just hopes he adjusts better on Sunday.

"They do a good job of just disrupting timing, and just doing a good job of getting guys off what you want to do," he said. "They’re an aggressive team that tries to just throw off the timing of me and the receivers, and so that’s something we’ve been working on and looking to get better at. So, I’m excited to play these guys again."

Two-minute drill

Linebacker C.J. Mosley (hamstring) did not practice for the second-straight day. He said whether he plays Sunday or not could depend on how he feels after warming up that morning. … Tight end Tyler Kroft (back) also hasn’t practiced this week

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