Zach Wilson says job is to 'close the gap' after Jets star goes down: 'How close can I be to Aaron Rodgers?'

22:01 12.09.2023

In a shocking turn of events, the highly anticipated Aaron Rodgers era in New York was cut short on Monday night at MetLife Stadium. The New York Jets were gearing up for an outstanding season with Rodgers at the helm, but unfortunately, their hopes were dashed when Rodgers suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in the first quarter of the game against the Buffalo Bills. The atmosphere in the stadium immediately shifted from anticipation to despair, as the game turned into a somber affair.

For Garrett Wilson, the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2022, this injury was a devastating blow. Wilson had been primed for one of the best receiving seasons in Jets history and had sky-high expectations once the team acquired Rodgers. The duo had built a strong rapport in the offseason and were being touted as one of the league's top QB-WR combinations. Wilson sought out Rodgers in the locker room at halftime, where the quarterback expressed his apologies to the young receiver, saying, "Sorry, kid." Wilson revealed that seeing Rodgers in such pain truly broke his heart.

However, despite the setback, Wilson showcased his insane talent on the field. With Zach Wilson taking over the quarterback duties after Rodgers' injury, Garrett Wilson made a late touchdown catch, displaying his incredible skills and proving that he could shine no matter who was throwing him the ball. He caught all five of his targets for 34 yards and the crucial score that helped the Jets secure an improbable overtime victory.

Zach Wilson, who completed 14 of 21 passes for 140 yards, including the touchdown to Wilson, proved himself capable of leading the team in Rodgers' absence. Jets head coach Robert Saleh confirmed that Wilson would be the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position, there is no doubt that Wilson's otherworldly talent will be relied upon heavily by the Jets.

As for Aaron Rodgers, an MRI confirmed that he had indeed suffered a torn Achilles, ruling him out for the remainder of the 2023 NFL season. This devastating news puts an end to his much-anticipated debut with the Jets and leaves Zach Wilson as the team's undisputed leader. Wilson, who had expressed his determination to learn from and close the gap between himself and Rodgers, is now thrust back into the starter role in what was supposed to be a reset season for the young quarterback.

The Jets will now have to regroup and navigate a challenging schedule that lies ahead. They will face the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, and the Kansas City Chiefs in the coming weeks. It remains to be seen how the team will fare without their star quarterback, but one thing is clear - they will be relying heavily on the exceptional talent of Garrett Wilson to help carry them through the season.

/ Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 10:01 PM /

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