At this early stage, with a minicamp coming up in June before training camp in late July, the Jets’ coaches said they were impressed with Wilson’s dedication and intelligence.
“He’s a junkie,” said offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur. “I mean, he just wants a movie on the face. I’m going to talk to my brother [Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur] and he’s like ‘You better not burn this guy. You take a lot of movies with him. And it’s like, ‘he’s the one who wants to watch this movie, you know?’ So it’s unique and it’s cool for us to see him being able to sit there and stay focused and process all the information we’re trying to give him.
“When he first got here he wanted to ask questions that were probably two questions away. And I said, ‘Well, let’s bring this formation down.’ And he said, ‘Oh, no, I can do it myself. I have this thing. ‘ And he would – any quarterback would. But he wanted to do it on his own. He wanted to learn things that he had no way of learning on his own, so he wanted to hear it from us so he could process it all. “
Saleh echoed his OC’s comments saying, “He’s relentless, in terms of lack of knowledge and education. He’s got a lot of power in his mind. And he’s not afraid to use it all.”
“He looks good. His arm is alive.… There are going to be ups and downs with him, but we’re really excited about what he’s shown so far.”
Since arriving in New Jersey, Wilson has traveled quite a bit. He attended an NHL Islanders playoff game on Long Island with some of his new teammates. He’s also trying, as befits a 21-year-old in a new environment, to get acquainted with a world of highways and notorious New Jersey drivers.
“There are definitely aggressive riders here for sure,” Wilson said with a laugh. “I’m getting used to it – being cut off everywhere you go.”
But once he gets home, there’s still that movie and a bowl of cereal waiting for him.