If a star can be born on a glorious Sunday in Cleveland, there will certainly be a growing number of No. 17 jerseys in the stands at MetLife Stadium when Garrett Wilson returns home this Sunday as a conquering hero.
“That’s what happens. … Every time I see a 17 jersey, I make sure to show them some love,” Wilson told the Post with a smile, “but that would be cool to see.
Jets fans loved Sauce Gardner in Game 1, and this will be Garrett Wilson’s star turn against the Bengals.
“I think he’s like the Allen Iverson of football,” Quinnen Williams told The Post. “If you look at his movie, man, he’s got all the attributes – the elusiveness, the moves, the jukes, the athleticism and the catching and stuff like that.”
The sauce is “The Natural,” and Wilson’s 8-for-102 escape, two Week 2 touchdowns gives the Jets and the fan base hope he can be somewhere close to their version of Ja. ‘Marr Chase, if only Zach Wilson can prove the organization just when he’s healthy enough to take the ball from Joe Flacco. Chase has the advantage as Joe Burrow kicks in.
“I feel like he’s really good with his body,” Wilson said. “He’s probably 210, 215 [pounds], I’m more of a 185, 190 type. I have to learn how to manipulate databases, and I call that a little playing. I have to do a lot of theater. I have to give the impression that I’m going one way, but in reality I’m going the other way. This is probably the main difference. I feel like Ja’Marr has a really good throw-in, he’s really good at the top end of his run, which is still physical, but with me it’s more about making them think I’m doing something that I don’t, you know?”
No one — from Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, to Ohio State to the Atlantic Health Jets training ground — ever wondered if the game was too big for Wilson.
“Real players have to come out and show up in the fourth quarter,” Wilson said, “and the best way to think about that is just to prepare yourself for where you resort to your fourth quarter practice. nothing special. They’re just the ones who keep doing the little things right and keep doing the things they’ve been doing well all game long, but do it well in the fourth quarter when it matters most.
“It’s not really doing anything special, it’s just…it’s like I’m always talking about Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant didn’t do anything special in the fourth quarter, but the rest of the people got worse and it stayed the same. That’s how I see it, you have to use your training when you’re tired, and you have to test yourself to get through it.
Wilson is the most gifted receiver here since former giant Odell Beckham Jr., and that includes current giant Kadarius Toney, who can’t stay on the field. Garrett’s rapid development will make life easier for Flacco and Zach Wilson.
“Obviously his athleticism and all that kind of stuff is what stands out,” Flacco said, “but I think what we’re seeing here is just his attitude and the confidence that he has. I think that’s what drives guys over the edge. You’ve seen he’s had that from the very beginning.
“He wants the ball, wants to be ‘the guy.’ ”
All the greats do, of course.
“He’s explosive, really savvy, he’s really creative with his routes,” Corey Davis said. “He’s a good receiver, man. He came really ready. As a rookie, you don’t really see that, especially in this position. He’s locked up all the time, always trying to improve. I have a lot of respect for him. I’m glad we got him, excited to see what he’s going to do for us.
Davis came out of Western Michigan ready for the pros when the Titans made him the fifth pick of the 2017 draft. He had 34 catches for 375 yards and no touchdowns as a rookie.
“I had to be ‘the guy’ on the spot,” he said. “So yeah, it was a bit different, but Garrett is an explosive guy. It’s hard to sum up his game in one word.
“But man, at any time he can resume a game. At any time.”
Jets fans wanted to see more of Garrett Wilson in the home opener. This will be his moment.
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