Zach Wilson not taking starting Jets job for granted

Zach Wilson had his second practice as a Jet on Saturday afternoon. But Jets fans are already dreaming about September.

The expectation is that Wilson, who was taken No. 2 overall by the team in the 2021 NFL Draft, will be the Week 1 starting quarterback. But Wilson said that is something he needs to earn.

“Obviously that’s important, but that’s not my focus right now,” Wilson said of starting. “My focus is to learn the offense, keep getting better every single day, do what I can with the guys around me and I think the rest takes care of itself. In this position, the coaches want to play the best player and that position’s got to be earned. I’ve got to go in there and I’ve got to make sure I do what I’m supposed to do and that will take care of itself.”

Wilson has a presence to him. That is clear when you speak to him — even virtually — for a few minutes. He has already been reaching out to teammates and trying to establish relationships. It is hard to take much from the rookie minicamp practices, but Wilson’s throws are on time and have some zip on them. Things will get tougher in a little more than a week when he can participate in organized team activities with the veterans and he could face a defense in drills.

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