Fox Sports shared this yesterday:
Zach Wilson is unquestionably the main focus this offseason for the new-look New York Jets. And it’s not about just the progress of his on-field skills.
That’s key, of course, but the second-year quarterback’s physical appearance is already the talk around the facility.
“You guys will see him. He’s thick,” coach Robert Saleh said Tuesday with a big laugh.
Saleh might soon run out of appropriate adjectives to describe the looks of Wilson, who he said “looks beefy” earlier this month when asked about the QB’s clear dedication to a diet plan and the weight room the past few months.
One thing’s for sure: Wilson looks a bit different. His neck is a bit thicker, his legs and arms more muscular.
“He looks good, he looks confident — his shoulders are back, he’s not caved in,” Saleh said before the team’s second practice of organized team activities. "He’s confident, he’s smiling, he’s vocal.
"You can always tell the confidence level and their understanding of what they’re being asked to do by the volume of their voice. And he’s getting pretty loud; and getting into better shape.
The 6-foot-2 Wilson said he was at 208 pounds at the end of last season and is up to 221 now. He wants to play around 218 this season, when he’ll be heavily relied on to make big improvements in his play. He finished with nine touchdown passes and 11 interceptions in 13 games as a rookie — but wasn’t picked off in his last five contests.
Saleh said Wilson clearly has a much better understanding of the playbook than he did, especially from a year ago at this time when he was just starting to figure out life in the NFL.
“It just clicks different in Year Two,” Saleh said.
The new diet and look combined with a better understanding of coordinator Mike LaFleur’s offense should be significant factors in helping Wilson improve greatly while moving through the rest of the offseason.