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Jets' Quinnen Williams comes to defense of Zach Wilson

The Jets' Quinnen Williams warms up before a

The Jets' Quinnen Williams warms up before a game against the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 29, 2020. Credit: AP/Corey Sipkin

Quinnen Williams came in staunch defense of his quarterback Monday, saying that Zach Wilson has to simply ignore the negative talk that’s surrounded his name just three games into the season.

"Everybody with a negative comment about Zach? I’m not really giving a [expletive]," he said Monday in a Zoom conference with reporters. "You have to ignore people. Ignore people who are not battling with you. Only worry about people who come to work every single day, who believe in you, who love you, like your family at home. But media people, people that say [stuff] on social media, nobody really cares what they say and you shouldn’t really care what they say. Only worry about the people who are inside of the building, who are really going out there and battling."

The Jets defensive tackle, the 2019 third overall pick, understands plenty about the pressure of being drafted so high (Wilson was drafted second), and the scrutiny is even more pronounced at the quarterback position. Wilson has a 55.2% completion rate and has thrown for 628 yards, with two touchdowns and seven interceptions. Coach Robert Saleh says he's seen progress, but Wilson, battling the intense in-game situations, hasn't shown the same sure-handedness he did in OTAs and training camp. As a result, the negative buzz around him has mounted.

But even with the Jets poor start overall, "We still don’t want to hear that [expletive]," Williams said. "People that have negative stuff to say about Zach and the team, we're not listening to them…If you listen to the negative things, you eventually are going to believe the negative things."

"People who are saying it don’t play. People who are saying it aren’t in the building, working out every single day. If you were put in that same position, what would you do?"

Notes. WR Elijah Moore sustained a concussion in Sunday’s game. TE Tyler Kroft is day to day with a chest injury, Saleh said.

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