Jets’ Robert Saleh already sees differences with Zach Wilson

The Jets’ offseason program is still in its infancy, but head coach Robert Saleh has seen some differences with sophomore quarterback Zach Wilson.

“Zach looks good,” Saleh said. “He definitely hit the weight room. He looks beefy, in a good way. He is definitely satisfied. He still has all his slack to throw the soccer ball and the zip and all that. It seems good.”

The Jets are in the second phase of the off-season program, which allows coaches to have some on-court work. They will spend another two weeks doing this before starting OTAs, during which time they can speed things up.

Saleh said Wilson has made progress both mentally and physically.

“He has a very good command of the attack at the start and he does a very good job in that respect,” Saleh said. “There are little things he does where you see a bit more security. He’s not a rookie, so he’s a bit more vocal. It seems good. He gets more comfortable, obviously grabbing the offense. He never had trouble getting the attack, but he was a rookie so he goes through it. He’s a lot further ahead at this point than he was a year ago, that’s for sure.

Jets coach Robert Saleh has seen differences with sophomore quarterback Zach Wilson before.
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The Jets signed first-round pick Sauce Gardner to his four-year rookie contract on Saturday. The contract is expected to be $33.5 million based on rookie salaries and Gardner ranking fourth overall. He received a signing bonus of $21.5 million. The contract has a standard fifth-round option because he was a first-round pick.

The Jets released guard Greg Van Roten on Friday. Saleh hasn’t ruled out a return for Van Roten, who has started 23 games over the past two years for the Jets.

“GVR is a phenomenal man. I really enjoyed the time spent with him,” Saleh said. “It’s not over. Talking with [general manager] Jo [Douglas], we would be delighted to see him again as the offseason progresses. GVR has its place in this league. I think he has starting opportunities in a few places. Just talking with Joe, I thought maybe give him that opportunity to see if he can find a place to compete for a starting job. At the same time, the door is not closed here. We would like Greg to come back.

Saleh said TE rookie Jeremy Ruckert is still suffering from a foot injury he suffered while preparing for the draft. He does not know if Ruckert will participate in OTAs in two weeks.

“We hope so,” Saleh said. “We will see where he is again next week. I know he works there. He feels good. It’s just a matter of continuing to readjust.

Saleh on fourth-round pick OF Micheal Clemons: “He loves the ball. When he puts on a helmet, he goes to a very dark place. This is reflected in his game and the effort and violence with which he does it. At the same time, it is a pleasure to be with him.

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