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By: Joe Blewett
The film reveals how Garrett Wilson became an instant star for the New York Jets
NFL rookies are expected to have growing pains. Year one is supposed to be filled with ups and downs. Players usually do not have their breakout until year two or year three – sometimes even later than that.
The typical growth curve did not apply to the New York Jets‘ rookie duo of Garrett Wilson and Sauce Gardner. Not only were they the league’s best rookies on their respective sides of the ball, but they were already among the best players in the league at their positions.
Wilson didn’t even start the Jets’ first game of 2022 – in fact, now-Giants tight end Lawrence Cager started over him and was getting more snaps in the first half. But it only took until Week 2 for Wilson to prove that he was ready to carry the Jets’ offense. Wilson established himself as the Jets’ No. 1 target in New York’s Week 2 comeback win over Cleveland, and he never looked back.
The full, member-only Garrett Wilson film breakdown (1:43:00 in length) can be found at the bottom of this article (must be a Jets X-Factor member and logged into the site).
Along the way, Wilson demonstrated many elite traits for the WR position.
Wilson’s route-running technique was unusually sharp for a 22-year-old rookie. It allowed him to get open on a routine basis. With better quarterbacking, Wilson could have been even more productive than he was, as the Jets’ quarterbacks missed him often.
Additionally, Wilson’s after-the-catch ability was special. Wilson demonstrated speed, elusiveness, and spatial awareness to turn good plays into great plays.
When you watch Wilson on film, it’s hard to believe he was a rookie. His film is often a teach-tape for wide receivers.
On the newest edition of Blewett’s Blitz, we break down Garrett Wilson’s film from the first half of the 2022 season. This is part one of a two-part Wilson review; in a future part two, we will break down the second half of Wilson’s rookie year.
Jets fans know Wilson is a budding star. How does he do it? What are the technical aspects of his game that people don’t notice? We answer these questions and more in the latest Blewett’s Blitz film breakdown.
- The creative, unusual aspects of Wilson’s route-running that help him stand out
- Examples of bad QB play that kept Wilson from having even better numbers
- How Wilson achieves his excellence after the catch
- Where Wilson can improve entering 2023
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