Zach Wilson didn’t throw a touchdown pass last game, but Robert Saleh thinks he did exactly what the Jets needed.
Saleh believes Wilson has shown a lot of “maturation” in the two games he’s played since returning from a knee injury. Saleh referenced that Wilson has played in only 15 NFL games. He said Wilson has a long way to go, and he can’t wait to see what Wilson becomes.
“He’s so much better than he was a year ago and I think he’s only going to get better as he continues to get reps,” Saleh said. “He hasn’t even played a full season yet. He’s only going to get better as the year goes and his career [goes on.] It’ll be interesting to see how good he gets.”
Wilson led the Jets to a win in Pittsburgh two Sundays ago with two late-game touchdowns.
“In that fourth quarter,” Saleh said, “he looked like a guy who can put the team on his back.”
This past Sunday, Wilson was 14-for-21 with no interceptions in the lopsided win over Miami. The Jets rushed for five rushing touchdowns. Wilson ran and dove in for one of them.
“We ran the ball really, really well,” Saleh said. “It was more facilitating, getting the ball where it needed to go, taking care of it. I think that was such maturation on his part.
“I thought the third-and-goal touchdown run was everything that you want out of your quarterback, where not the best play call in terms of they took it away, but Zach having the presence to get to the goal line. We saw all through training camp, we felt like he was going to take a step.”
Carl Lawson (ankle), C.J. Mosley (hip) and Duane Brown (shoulder) were limited in practice. Saleh said, “They’re all going to be fine.”
Rookie defensive end Jermaine Johnson (ankle) is in jeopardy of missing Sunday’s game against the Packers, though. He didn’t practice. Saleh said Johnson’s injury “is a little more serious” than the other three.
Quincy Williams, who missed the past two games with an ankle sprain, practiced on a limited basis.
'Not this week'
Saleh speaks almost every day to Packers coach Matt LaFleur, his former roommate when they were Central Michigan grad assistants in 2004. “He’s like a brother,” Saleh said, before adding with a laugh, “Not this week.”