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New York Jets rookie WR Garrett Wilson continues to shine

November 27, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jarrett Wilson (17) celebrates his touchdown reception during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

For New York Jets rookie wide receiver Jarrett Wilson, Week 13 was just another day’s office. The exciting first year continues to make this absolute dominance seem all too routine.

Wilson is coming off a day in which he was targeted 15 times, surpassing his previous high of 14 in Week 2. The game in which Wilson propelled the Jets to their first win of 2022 over the Cleveland Browns.

Of those whopping 15 goals, Wilson caught eight assists on the day. He collected a ridiculous 162 yards, for an average of 20.3 yards per catch. Wilson had his biggest play of the game for 60 yards, surpassing his season best of 54, which he had twice (Week 8 against NE, Week 12 against CHI).

Over the year, Wilson now has 57 catches on 94 targets, giving him a catch average of 60.6%. He averages 4.8 catches and 7.8 goals a game. From there, Wilson has 790 receiving yards, for an average of 65.8 yards per game. The rookie averages 13.9 yards per catch and has four touchdowns.

A senior year, Wilson is currently going for 133 catches, 80 tackles, 1,119 yards and five touchdowns. Very fast start. Thanks to his last two big games, where he recorded 257 yards, Wilson is now poised to comfortably surpass 1,000 yards in his first year with the Jets. With five games left to play, he only needs 210 receiving yards, averaging 42 per game. Surely, there is something more than Wilson is capable of.

Garrett Wilson plays football especially for the New York Jets:

As we explained above, Wilson has smashed, and in a big way over those last two games. He was targeted 23 times (11.5 per game), catching 13 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns. With his final play, Wilson positioned himself well to be the NFL Rookie of the Year. This comes after the Jets lost this year’s Breece Hall of Famer, who was in a position to take it himself. The two certainly give the Jets one exciting young organization offensively.

It’s no surprise that Wilson has been the man Mike White has constantly looked up to since taking over two weeks ago. In no time, their connection seemed seamless, resulting in an astonishing success (128.5 yards per game).

After just a week making some Jets history, Wilson is on the verge of more. His 790 yards surpassed Wayne Chrebet’s rookie total of 726 and Wesley Walker’s rookie total of 740, ranking Wilson second. Now, he’s trailing only Keyshawn Johnson’s 844, which Wilson could surpass this week, making him the franchise leader in receiving yards for a rookie.

Last week, Wilson recorded his third game of 95 or more yards passing Walker and the Altons, only to follow that up with his fourth game of the week, putting himself ahead.

Wilson has consistently produced explosive plays on a week-to-week basis. In eight of his 12 games this year, Wilson has achieved at least 19 receiving yards.

From an NFL perspective, after the Week 13 effort, Wilson now has five 90-yard games. He came one step closer to the seven Justin Jefferson made in his rookie year (2020), and the six Ja’Marr Chase put together in 2021, his rookie year.

Going forward, beyond just the stats, Wilson’s full multi-skill set has been showcased throughout all of his notable plays. Wilson’s versatility is just another clear indication of how unique he is.

When reviewing Wilson’s catches and goals in Week 13, he proves his ability to make plays all over the field. Be it from different locations, before and after the hunt, or winning 1 on 1 at the capture point in a variety of ways. He made plays from the hatch and out. Wilson caught most of his receptions this game from the middle to deep levels of the field, but there were a few as well. Wilson made tough catches outside the numbers, near the sideline, with great concentration, as well as inside the numbers, above the middle, making difficult catches in traffic.

After catching his big 60-yard catch, Wilson’s quick flick-and-crush ability was evident. His control of his body was also evident on both the sidelines and up the middle. Finally, the winning ability was shown deep in the fourth quarter when he almost scored an 84-yard touchdown, but the pass was knocked over by White.

Wilson undoubtedly delivered the excitement Jets fans had come to expect when he was drafted 10th overall. He has asserted himself as the catalyst for this Jets passing game. With the Jets still in the playoffs, continued exceptional play from Wilson will be needed.

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