Zach Wilson talks Jets return after contract resolution: 'Just anxious to get back'

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Zach Wilson throws at Jets rookie camp
Zach Wilson throws at Jets rookie camp

Zach Wilson made his return to the Jets for his first day of training camp on Friday after contract negotiation issues with the resolved.

Wilson said he's excited to be back with the team and is ready to go to work, and put the business part of things behind him.

"Just anxious to get back and I think that's the hardest thing," Wilson said. "Now money's involved. My whole life I just played ball to play ball 'cause I love the game. So I just want to get the business done with so I could just do what I love.

"My girlfriend said to me, 'I forget you get money out of all this stuff.' And I'm like 'well that's cause the best part of it is the game and the fun part is not the money, it's definitely playing football.'"

Wilson got the chance to finally play some football again on Friday with his team. He made a highlight play to fellow rookie Elijah Moore on his first throw of the day, but otherwise had a tough outing, which included an interception and a couple other close ones during team drills -- which is to be expected in your first day of camp.

"Just learning man, that's what practice is for," Wilson said. "Every day's gonna have something frustrating and that's why I'm out here. Just trying to learn every single day how I can improve, knowing my place better and then just the different looks our defense is throwing at us. It's going to be a process."

Even with the early issues, the Jets obviously love what Wilson brings to the table for them. That's why they drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick.

Head coach Robert Saleh said during his availability that Wilson is expected to be their starting quarterback come Week 1.

"Call it the inside lane, it's his to lose," Saleh said.

As Wilson continues to learn the offense, he'll have to do so without quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp, who died earlier this month in a bicycle accident.

"You know at first it was shock, complete shock," Wilson said about hearing the news on Knapp. "I had just been talking to him the day before, right before the incident happened. It's almost like I didn't believe it, I felt like I could've just called him right then on the phone and he would've answered.

"I was just praying for him and his family and everyone else involved. You kind of get through this together and it's tough, man. Life is a precious thing."

Wilson will have the next couple of weeks to get accustomed to the playbook and being back on the field before the Jets play their first preseason game on Aug. 14 against the Giants.

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