Garrett Wilson wants the ball because he believes he can make big plays to spark the Jets.
Two days after he was seen in an animated sideline conversation with quarterback Zach Wilson and coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as the offense sputtered in a loss to the Patriots, Garrett Wilson shared the root of his emotions.
“I’m always coming from a winning mindset,” he said. “The teams I’ve been on, I’ve always played a part in us being good. We work so hard every week to put a great product on the field, and we haven’t been able to do that yet. That’s what sucks about it.”
Garrett Wilson and The Post sat together in the “Ultimate New York Jets Fan Room.”
It is a hotel room available from Sept. 28 to Oct. 15 at the Marriott by Courtyard in Secaucus that Wilson said is “made for the Jets fan who wants to segue into watching the game the next day,” and is designed with team memorabilia, locker-themed closets and an artificial-turf wall.
“Stick with us,” Garrett urged. “No one wants it more than us. We want to be great. It’s only going to get better from here. That’s the mindset I keep.”Garrett Wilson hangs in the Ultimate New York Jets Fan Room at the Courtyard by Marriott in Secaucus, N.J. AP Images for Courtyard by Marri
It’s been a rough few days for ultimate Jets fans, who booed throughout Sunday’s loss and seem united behind legend Joe Namath calling for Zach Wilson’s benching.
“I definitely feel for [Zach], and I know the way he goes about things on a day-to-day basis is probably what keeps his mind off that,” Garrett said. “He wants it. That’s never in question. He’s going to keep pushing, and we’re all going to have his back along the way. I want to make every play I can for him.”Garrett Wilson and the Jets lost to the Patriots on Sunday.Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post
Head coach Robert Saleh supported Zach Wilson as the “unquestioned quarterback” earlier this week.
How did the locker room react?
“We trust in coach, we trust in upstairs and we trust in Zach, so I know how we all feel about it in there,” Garrett Wilson said. “We’re confident we have everything we need in the facility, and we’re going to try to prove that for the rest of the season.”
Receivers who call for the ball like Wilson (12 receptions, 165 yards and two touchdowns in three games) walk a fine line.Garrett Wilson hangs in the Ultimate New York Jets Fan Room at the Courtyard by Marriott in Secaucus, N.J. AP
Some all-time greats have been labeled divas for allowing statistics to detract from winning — a starkly different situation than Wilson has faced over his first two NFL seasons.
Saleh supports Wilson’s passion to be a difference-maker.
“I know what I can do, and I’m just waiting for my moment to take advantage and help our team chase all the goals we’ve aspired to since I got here,” Wilson said. “I try not to walk that line. Truly it comes from a place of, ‘We’ve tried this, we’ve done this, and maybe I can help.’ ”Garrett Wilson hangs in the Ultimate New York Jets Fan Room at the Courtyard by Marriott in Secaucus, N.J. AP Images for Courtyard by Marri
The Jets will need their top receiver’s help Sunday to keep pace with the Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs (26 points per game).
“We have to score,” Wilson said. “To compete with Mahomes, you have to put some points up. Something we are going to be figuring out this week is how we can make it happen because it’s been tough sledding so far. Hopefully this can be our breakthrough week, and we carry it throughout the rest of the regular season.”