Zach Wilson will make his NFL debut Saturday for the Jets, and he will be one of a few rookie quarterbacks to do so as a starter.
Jets coach Robert Saleh confirmed that the No. 2 overall pick from BYU would start against the Giants. While many of the other rookie quarterbacks are set for extensive action in preseason Week 1, the Jets are only planning on playing Wilson for about a quarter.
“We’re thinking about a quarter, couple of series for all those guys. Just kind of get him his first action,” Saleh said of his plan for Wilson and the starters, per Sports Illustrated’s Max Goodman.
It’s not surprising that Saleh and the Jets are going to limit Wilson’s reps. The Jets aren’t hosting a competition for the top quarterback job, so Wilson figures to be their starter. He has had an up-and-down training camp, but Saleh is pleased with his progress and approach.
“He’s awesome. He asks questions,” Saleh said, per Forbes. “He’s in the [defensive] coordinator’s office asking questions about schemes. And he’s an absolute sponge, learning, learning from mistakes. He’s trying stuff. A lot of what you see [in practice] is he’s testing what he can and can’t get away with, which I think is awesome. The kid’s going to be fine. He’s going through a process and what I love about it is he’s deliberate in his process. He’s trying to find ways to get better.”
Wilson will have an opportunity to do that against the Giants. And Saleh has confidence that Wilson will have positive takeaways from his outing no matter what happens.
“He doesn’t care about any of [the noise],” Saleh said. “He’s focused on trying to get himself ready to be the best quarterback in the league.”