Zach Wilson’s mobility has gotten Mike Tomlin’s attention.
The Steelers coach has never faced Wilson. Tomlin said Wilson’s ability to make plays on the move stands out when watching film of the Jets’ quarterback who has recovered from a knee injury and is set to make his season debut Sunday in Pittsburgh.
“We’ve never been in a stadium against him and so there’s some unknowns there,” Tomlin said during a Zoom call Wednesday. “That’s life. That happens particularly the early portion of the season in terms of first-time exposure to guys.
“The things that are important to us in terms of what’s different are his mobility is different, we’ll weigh how that could factor into the play - whether it’s in schematics or whether it’s those things that he’s capable of doing to extend plays or create plays.”
Tomlin also has been impressed with the Jets’ young backfield of Michael Carter and Breece Hall and how they’re used.
“They challenge you in similar ways and subtly in some different ways,” Tomlin said.
Tomlin also noted rookie receiver Garrett Wilson’s “emergence has been really impressive”’ and cornerback Sauce Gardner “looks like a guy that was worthy” of being of the No. 4 pick.
“He’s been a plug-and-play player,” Tomlin said. “He plays with great confidence. He has an awesome feel for the game that was displayed in Cincinnati. He seems to bring it to Sunday ball. I don’t think there’s many surprises there. When you start talking top corner-like things in the draft usually they come ready made.”
On the line
Robert Saleh said there is no concern with Wilson returning behind an offensive line that is playing two backup tackles, Max Mitchell and Conor McDermott.
“His knee, it’s a hundred percent,” Saleh said. “As far as the tackles, we got all the faith in the world in the guys that we do have.
McDermott is replacing George Fant, who went on injured reserve Tuesday with a knee issue. Mekhi Becton and Duane Brown already were on IR.
Brown is eligible come off and practice next week. Fant will be out until Week 8 at least. Saleh said the doctors recommended that Fant stay off the knee, rehab “and give it a chance to kind of get back his strength.”
The Jets signed offensive linemen Cedric Ogbuehi (active roster) and Mike Remmers (practice squad) for depth. Saleh said, “Whether it’s this week or weeks to come, they’re going to end up helping us, in one fashion or another.”