Jets QB Zach Wilson responds to four-interception day: Fans 'should be booing'

Written By Jake Aferiat
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Zach Wilson didn't get booed much during his days in Provo, Utah, and for good reason.

While at BYU, he established himself as one of the nation's preeminent passers. He was noted for his arm strength and accuracy, and he did enough to get himself selected second overall by the Jets in this year's NFL Draft.

But once he got to New York, it took just one home game as the starter for the boos to start raining down — although Wilson said they were entirely warranted after he threw four interceptions in his first 10 pass attempts against the Patriots in a 25-6 Week 2 loss.

Wilson's final line Sunday: 19-for-33 passing, 210 yards, no touchdowns and the four INTs. He threw three picks his entire final season at BYU.

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The performance won't deter him taking risks in the future, though.

"It's tough, because you're frustrated about things that have happened, but there's that switch inside where you've just got to hit the reset button," Wilson told the media after the game. "Every single play's a new play and I've got to tell myself, 'Hey, I can't be gun shy' and I've got to sling it around and still be aggressive down the field."

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He isn't worried about becoming rattled, either, and he views this game as an opportunity for growth.

"This is what we sign up for. There's going to be games like this with the ups and downs. We just keep getting reminded how long the season is and how we can keep getting better," Wilson said. 

Jets coach Robert Saleh said he never considered benching his rookie starter even when the boos were at their loudest.

Wilson claimed he didn't hear the boos, but he was still firm in his belief that they were justified.

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"They should be disappointed, they should be booing . . . they deserve to see good football," Wilson said. "We work our butts off to play good football and it's tough when you don't do that."

Wilson showed promise in Week 1, going 20 of 37 for 258 yards, two touchdowns and an interception vs. the Panthers. His QBR was 82.9.

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He and the Jets will need to hearken back to that performance and respond accordingly as they try to pick up their first win of the season against the 2-0 Broncos on the road in Week 3.

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