Jets QB Zach Wilson talks training camp adjustments: 'I can't be afraid to make mistakes'

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Zach Wilson on field no helmet Jets OTAs June 2021
Zach Wilson on field no helmet Jets OTAs June 2021

Jets rookie QB Zach Wilson, who has had some rough moments during training camp, spoke Wednesday about his thought process as he adjusts to the NFL and prepares for game situations.

"Taking care of the ball is 100 percent a quarterback's job, and one of my goals when I came out here and I got drafted was 'how can I adapt to this NFL game as quickly as I can,'" Wilson told reporters via Zoom. "I can't be afraid to make mistakes, especially in practice. This isn't a game -- this is where I'm learning what I can get away with and what I can't.

"There's times where maybe in a real game, I probably wouldn't throw that. But it's times (in practice) where maybe let me try right here and see what I can get away with."

Wilson noted that he's started to teach himself that as he translates what he's learning from practices to games, there will be certain situations where he throws a check down instead of taking a risk on a big throw.

In his only "game" action so far, Wilson struggled in the Green-White scrimmage, when he completed just 11 of 24 passes for 112 yards, while throwing two interceptions.

Speaking on Monday, Jets head coach Robert Saleh touched on Wilson's struggles.

"For most rookies, especially on the offensive side of the ball and everyone, it’s going to get worse before it gets better," Saleh said. "It is what it is. It’s just a lot of things that happen. There’s a reason being a rookie is hard in this league."

Wilson said he's hard on himself when it comes to struggles and adjustments, but not to the point where it impacts his emotions.

"I wouldn't say hard to where I'm frustrated and I get upset and emotional, but more of just that fact that I expect so much out of myself," Wilson said. "But I know it's a process. So it's like, okay, let's get back in the film room, and what can I learn today and can I apply it tomorrow?"

Wilson will get his next crack at game action when the Jets face the Giants on Saturday night.

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