School’s out for summer.
The Jets wrapped up minicamp on Wednesday. Players now have off until the end of July, when they’ll reconvene in Florham Park for the start of training camp. Some will go home. Others will stay in the area and continue to work out at the facility. Either way, it’s vacation time for the Jets.
So, what did we learn about the Jets during organized team activities and minicamp? Here are a few final thoughts.
So how’s the quarterback?
Zach Wilson’s struggles during OTAs were well documented. Even coach Robert Saleh admitted Wednesday the quarterback wasn’t at his best in the media-open practices. He was significantly better in minicamp — especially Tuesday. Wilson completed 10 of 13 passes in the 11-on-11 drills, and 13 of 16 in seven-on-seven work. He came out hot Wednesday, too, highlighted by deep touchdowns to Jeff Smith (one in full-team, one in seven-on-seven) before struggling down the stretch. Wilson was 7 of 9 in team drills and 5 of 7 in seven-on-sevens, but completed just one of eight passes in the red-zone period and failed to pick up a first down in the two-minute team period.
Overall, it was an up-and-down start to the summer for the second-year quarterback. The Jets are still working on getting Wilson to learn he doesn’t need to be a hero on every snap. That’s what made Tuesday so promising. Wilson’s most impressive completion came on a 15-yard out route. The rest of the day he moved the Jets up and down the field by taking what the defense gave him. This scheme will run receivers open. Wilson just needs to deliver the ball. That’s why it’s considered so quarterback friendly.
“He doesn’t need to be Tom Brady this year,” Saleh said. “Now if he ends up being that, that’s awesome. But that’s not the expectation. The expectation is for him to continue to climb that mountain that’s quarterback play in this league.”
Wilson talked to his receivers, tight ends and running backs this week and finalized plans for a team passing camp in July. It’s not just about getting together to throw, Wilson said, but also to bond. He’s planning fun activities for the group to do together. Wilson didn’t say where or the specific dates they will work, other than that they are now finalized.
Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton showed up for minicamp. Both Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur offered lukewarm endorsements of his physical shape, conditioning and weight. Neither would say just how much Becton weighs, or if he reported at the conditioning level or number they wanted. Saleh said that was something he was “not going to” get into.
Saleh and LaFleur haven’t stopped talking about the great shape Denzel Mims is in. “Beefy” Zach Wilson was the talk of the first week of OTAs. You can connect the dots. If Becton was where the Jets wanted him to be, they’d have screamed it at the top of their lungs. It’s telling that they didn’t, especially because they know not saying it makes more headlines.