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Why Jets' Zach Wilson thinks he's being too robotic with easy passes as rookie struggles continue? Why a Jet'' s Zach' Wilson believes if 'he is being obstinate with quick passes'

Why Jets' Zach Wilson thinks he's being too robotic with easy passes as rookie struggles continue? Why a Jet'' s Zach' Wilson believes if 'he is being obstinate with quick passes'

Zach Wilson joined the NFL with a reputation as an improviser.

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Hes done that so far, five games to his credit. He clearly excels at making throws in less-than-ideal situations off-platform and with not-exactly-textbook footwork.

Plus, he has a quick release and can naturally sling the ball down the field.

Sheldon Rankins, Jets defensive tackle, said, You can tell hes an unflappable individual.

All of these are encouraging qualities for the 1-4 Jets as they approach their bye week and prepare for Wilsons rookie season.

Wilson, on the other hand, is well aware that he has had difficulty with simpler throws. He believes he has the answer to changing that. It could be an important factor in his final 12 games this season as he tries to convince the Jets that a quarterback solution is possible for him to thrive in the long run.

Wilsons overall numbers through five games arent great: 57.3% completions, four touchdowns and nine interceptions, and a 62.9 quarterback rating.

And heres what hell do by passing depth, via Pro Football Focus:

Behind the scrimmage: 17 of 22 (77.3%), 79.0 rating, 60,8 PFF grade, 17 out of 22, 77,3%; 78,0 PFP grade; 60.8 PPF grade

Short (zero to 9 yards) 53 of 76 (69.7%), one touchdown, zero interceptions, 86.5 rating, 66.9 PFF grade, and a PFD grade of 66.7 (66,9).

Medium (10 to 19 yards): 15 of 37 (40,5%), one touchdown, seven interceptions, 35.4 rating, 47.1 PFF grade, 15 yards of 38 (50,5%), one reception, and seven interceptions, 33.4% rating.

Deep (20-plus yards): 13 of 25 (52%), two touchdowns, and two interceptions, 90.8 rating, 83.1 PFF grade, 13 out of 25, (52%), 91.8 rating.

Wilsons 13 deep-ball completions, including seven that are considered big-time throws by PFF, which defines them as a pass with excellent ball location and timing, typically thrown further down the field and/or into a tighter window.

Wilson isnt doing well on those short and medium-range passes, though.

Wilson said he would simply add that overthinking them. To a degree, aiming the throw rather than just throwing it like Ive always done my whole life: Just reacting to what he or she is giving me and throwing the ball, rather of spending too much effort into it.

Wilson has a lot to absorb each game, and this is all part of the rookie progression.

Wilson said he's certainly learning a lot every week, but it also comes at varying degrees of being robotic. I think thats when those [shorter] throws come out, [like] Im aiming them.

When weve got some of those big plays down the field, Ill just throw it and rip it. Im reacting and throwing it to where I feel like my receiver is at, rather than trying to put it in a location.

Wilson believes this is more mental than footwork-related.

A lot of people are always asking me how my footwork should be different, Wilson said. I dont think people realize how much time and effort we devote to the footwork, he added.

Wilson said a few of his short and intermediate misses are due to footwork issues, but for the most part, its the mindset of not aiming where Im throwing that ball.

Wilson plans to spend the second half of the bye week at home with his family in Utah, as well as working with John Beck, his personal quarterback coach. Wilson said he will watch the Jets' first five games again to correct his mistakes and prepare for what lies ahead.

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Coming out of the bye week, the Jets host the Patriots, Bengals, Colts, Bills, Dolphins., Buffaloes, Lions and Texans to conclude November. In Pro Football Focus' defensive rankings, those teams are currently ranked 24th, seventh, 22nd, first, 10th and 25th.

Wilson has some opportunities to improve, but he also faces significant challenges with the Bengals, Bills and Dolphins. And nobody is expecting him to win in New England.

Wilson knew that this season would be a rollercoaster. And he understood what Jets coach Robert Saleh was saying Monday, when illustrating Wilsons shaky start to what Bills quarterback Josh Allen did in his first five starts.

Wilson said, Of course, I must be patient." But I have high expectations for myself, she added.

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