Zach Wilson arrives in London following his first-ever NFL win as the New York Jets take on the Atlanta Falcons at Tottenham Hotspur on Sky Sports NFL live from 1:30 pm Sunday.
The New York Jets’ starting quarterback job is accompanied by a Broadway prestige star Joe Namata behind your every shot, something that Zach Wilson will quickly learn from his arrival in the NFL.
But where Namath hailed an outsider torchbearer’s responsibility to bring Super Bowl III glory to AFL aircraft in 1969, Wilson likewise plunged into the task of quelling the noise and ending a playoff drought that is now 10 years old. Like Namat, Wilson wants a fight.
Shooting on goal and aggression on the grassroots are suitable for a marriage with freshman head coach Robert Saleh and his “throttle without brakes” mantra. Wilson will not shy away from the shooter’s approach and is not shy about adapting it.
“They have a really talented quarterback, the most talented player in the world. When he comes out of his pocket, he can make people pay, ”the Atlanta Falcons head coach said ahead of Sunday’s game. “Obviously he’s a good passer, so he was chosen as the second overall pick.”
His ears were pricked by intrigue when he entered the offseason, he used training camp to understand what shots he might not get away with in the NFL during his transition from college. A word of caution to the fearless rookie quarterback; to take risks is to agree with the hiccups, although early signs indicate that this will not stop Wilson.
He landed in London, taking advantage of the momentum of his first-ever NFL win with a 297-yard shot, two touchdowns and one interception that led the Jets to a 27-24 overtime win over the Tennessee Titans in week four.
The mood stands in stark contrast to the mood that has lasted after a losing streak of three games in which Wilson made seven interceptions, including four in a 25-6 defeat to the New England Patriots.
“I don’t pay attention to it, but they should be booing, right?” Wilson said taunts around MetLife Stadium during the second week’s loss to Bill Belichick.
“There’s that switch inside where you just have to press the reset button. I have to tell myself that I cannot be afraid of weapons. I have to be aggressive in the field. “