Keelan Cole has never seen Jets rookie quarterback Ack Wilson pull on Sunday, at least not for a teammate.
In terms of clearing bars, Cole’s praise of Wilson is probably closer to lifting a foot on the lower bar. After all, the Jets wideout played four asons in Jacksonville, receiving passes from Blake Bortles, Chad Henney and Gardner Minshew.
Still, he was surprised to find that the Jets won the Titans by Wilson.
“It’s a big step. At quarterback, personally, I’ve never seen that on my team,” Cole said at the Jets’ practice on Wednesday.
The play that prompted Cole’s jaw to fall was a fourth-quarter scramble that Wilson bought his most dangerous receiver, Corey Davis, before going deep. Wilson rolled to his right, loose with a pass from his own 40-yard line, which Davis caught when falling into the end zone.
In the midst of Wilson’s initial struggles, Jets head coach Robert Saleh has taught the rookie to be more “boring” – to take what defenses offer than to force anything. On that 53-yard touchdown pass to Davis, Tyler Croft appeared to be tight-lipped, and Cole liked that his quarterback didn’t bother his fans or teammates.
“I don’t think you understand how he set it up. Two men were running a line, and one was wide open – he wasn’t the one who threw it,” Cole said. “But he took the opportunity, took control and made that play.”
The touchdown increased the Jets to 24-17, the first win of the year and the first win of Wilson’s NFL career.
For Wilson, the development of his mind is a work in progress that must balance the thrills with the everyday. Wilson looked at his ceiling after finding that balance, the pure genius displayed in the play.
When Wilson had to release the bomb to Cole in the third quarter, on the third and 6th of the Jets ’32, no more windup was involved. When Wilson felt the pressure and rolled to his right, Cole said he knew just running, his quarterback would find time and maybe find him. Fifty-four yards down, he found Cole, setting up a field goal that gave the Jets their first lead of the game.
“He threw it 60 [yards], ”Said Cole, who caught three passes for 92 yards. “It makes me wonder how far he threw it when he was trying to throw it away.”
A lot can change in one week, especially with the 22-year-old quarterback having been intercepted by the Patriots and Broncos six times in the past two weeks. When “exciting” doesn’t work, it’s called “boring.”
But when the latter works, this is another dimension that Wilson can use to help the Jets win.
Cole, a first-year jet, said extra-time teams could join Tivan this season, after last year’s campaign played out in an epidemic that allowed more chemistry to pull off those unexpected plays that Wilson had. Intelligent.
“I’m not going to say some of the off-schedule plays we need [me] Trying to do too much, ”Wilson said after last Sunday’s victory. “That was a part of the game that came to me of course, being able to do things without scheduling.
“I’m just improving on taking the easy ones, responding to what the defense gives me.”
Wilson’s arm jets were highly valuable in making him the No. 2 pick, but his legs were active and quick enough to escape some declining pockets, allowing his creativity to shine.
Wilson rushed for just 19 yards, but he could do much more than just walk past the screammage.
“As the Jets prepare for Sunday’s game in London against the Falcons, Cole is going to call him” Michael Vick. “