Report: Jets ‘Feel Confident’ With Zach Wilson’s Surgically Repaired Shoulder
Apr 8, 2021, 3:42 PM
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The New York Jets reportedly have “zero issues” and “feel confident” about Zach Wilson’s shoulder that was surgically repaired in January 2019.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said the Jets, who are projected by many football experts as Wilson’s landing spot in the NFL Draft, aren’t concerned about the quarterback’s shoulder.
The Jets currently own the No. 2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
“# QB Zach Wilson, who many believe is # pick at No. 2, had shoulder surgery in 2019. But the # didn’t need to wait for his Indy physical to feel confident in his shoulder,” Rapoport tweeted. “Based on info they’ve received from trusted medical sources, zero issues about Wilson’s shoulder.”
#BYU QB Zach Wilson, who many believe is #Jets pick at No. 2, had shoulder surgery in 2019. But the #Jets didn’t need to wait for his Indy physical to feel confident in his shoulder. Based on info they’ve received from trusted medical sources, zero issues about Wilson’s shoulder.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 8, 2021
Zach Wilson’s 2019 Surgery
After Wilson’s freshman campaign came to an end, he underwent a procedure to repair the labrum in his throwing shoulder.
Wilson said that the injury dated by to his time at Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah.
The surgery caused the quarterback to miss BYU’s spring football practices and limited him during fall camp.
"I had labrum surgery. It was from high school. It was a nagging injury. I expect to be 100%" – Zach Wilson on his injury. #BYUMediaDay
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) June 18, 2019
Following an up-and-down sophomore season in Provo, Wilson looked 100 percent throughout the 2020 season and led the Cougars to an 11-1 record as a junior.
New York Jets
New York’s general manager, head coach, and offensive coordinator traveled to Provo to see Wilson throw during BYU’s Pro Day in late March.
"Steve’s plugged in to BYU pretty well." – @nyjets GM Joe Douglas when asked about @SteveYoungQB saying that "the Jets have committed to Zach and recruited the family." 😏🤙#LocalsInTheNFL #NFL #NFLDraft #TakeFlight #BYU #GoCougs #BYUFOOTBALL https://t.co/AdAiPSnHqU
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) April 6, 2021
After the Pro Day, Wilson was asked about his interactions with the Jets throughout the draft process.
“Great staff, love those guys. Joe Douglas is a great guy and it was good to see him out here. They got a good thing going,” Wilson said.
Zach Wilson on the interactions he's had with Joe Douglas and the Jets' coaching staff:
"Great staff, love those guys. Joe Douglas is a great guy and it was good to see him out here. They got a good thing going" pic.twitter.com/BKwWkZUZdn
— Jets Videos (@snyjets) March 26, 2021
Following the Pro Day, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler received a text from an NFL scout who was in attendance.
“Draft starts at 3. Wilson going 2,” Brugler tweeted of the message he received.
A week and a half after seeing Wilson throw, the Jets traded quarterback Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers.
My colleague @kyleireland wrote a great piece on, and chatted with @peter_king about, the final weeks leading up to the #NFLDraft '21 with #BYU QB @zachkapono1 and his inevitable landing in the Meadowlands.
— Hemā Heimuli Jr. (@x_hems) April 6, 2021
2021 NFL Draft
Wilson will find out which team he’ll play for during the 2021 NFL Draft in April.
The draft is scheduled to be held in Cleveland, Ohio from April 29-May 1. It will broadcast on ESPN and NFL Network.
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