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Zach Wilson has a strong showing in NFL debut

FILE - New York Jets first round draft pick Zach Wilson (2) works out during NFL football rookie camp in Florham Park, N.J., in this Friday, May 7, 2021, file photo. The franchise has been on a mostly fruitless search since Joe Namath last played for the Jets in 1976, an often frustrating span during which 34 players have started at quarterback for New York. Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in April, will likely become No. 35 when the Jets kick off the regular season at Carolina on Sept. 12.(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson had an strong showing in his NFL debut Sunday.

Wilson completed 20 of 37 passes for 258 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. However, the Jets lost to Carolina in the season-opener for both teams, 19-14.

However, Sunday’s debut was also an eye-opener for the former Corner Canyon High School star. 

Wilson was sacked six times in the game. In addition, he was also hurried 10 0ther times. 

“I’m getting better,” Wilson said to reporters after Sunday’s loss. “Experiencing you know having stuff in your face. You’ve got to play. That’s part of the quarterback position.”

The sixth sack was felt especially hard by Wilson, who described it like he had been hit by a truck.

“Neck’s a little sore,” he said. “A little whiplash, but I’ll be all right.”

After throwing a first half interception, Wilson hooked up with wide receiver Corey Davis for a pair of second half touchdowns. 

The Jets (0-1) will play host to New England next Sunday.

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