What Can Jets Fans Expect From Garrett Wilson Moving Forward?

What Can Jets Fans Expect From Garrett Wilson Moving Forward?
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When the New York Jets drafted wide receiver Garrett Wilson out of Ohio State with the 10th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, expectations were high across New York sportsbooks. He was coming off of a 12 touchdown season for the Buckeyes and was rightfully expected to be a difference maker in his first year. 

Now, with one full NFL season under his belt, the expectations for his future are more clear.

Wilson was excellent on debut for the Jets, putting up 83 receptions for 1,103 yards and four touchdowns, despite a seemingly revolving door of quarterbacks throwing him the ball. The season was impressive enough to earn him a nomination as a finalist for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award alongside Brock Purdy of the San Francisco 49ers and Kenneth Walker of the Seattle Seahawks. 

Wilson’s teammate Sauce Gardner, picked six spots ahead of him in the draft, was also nominated for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, an honor he is expected to win handily.

EmpireStakes.com decided to look at other wide receivers who have been Offensive Rookie of the Year Nominees over the past 10 seasons to determine the future outlook for Wilson. 

The data compiled via Pro Football Reference includes Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson, AJ Brown, Amari Cooper, Tyler Lockett, Odell Beckham Jr, Mike Evans, Keenan Allen and Cordarrelle Patterson. 

These nine players are the wide receivers who have been OROY candidates over the past 10 seasons. Stay close to EmpireStakes for research items like this, as well as everything related to NY betting apps.

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How Do Rookie Of The Year WR Candidates Pan Out?

OROY WR Candidates in Past 10 SeasonsCombined Pro Bowls*Combined 1000+ Yard Receiving Seasons*
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*Any accolades during rookie season are not counted to show success after being candidate for Rookie of the Year

Proof Is In The Pudding

With such a strong group of players, it is no surprise to see the successes they have shared after their rookie seasons. 

Among those nine players, there have been a combined 24 pro bowls and 30 combined 1,000 yard seasons, numbers made even more impressive when you consider this doesn’t include the totals they put up in those great rookie seasons. These numbers are all taken in the seasons after their Rookie of the Year nomination. 

Additionally, players such as Chase, Jefferson and Brown have only finished their rookie seasons recently and should be expected to add at least five more great seasons each to these totals.

Being listed alongside those names is a very promising thing for Wilson’s future both in the coming seasons and long-term. 

While the QB situation is currently unclear for the Jets after the Zach Wilson-Joe Flacco-Mike White musical chairs in 2022, moving forward the only certainty is it will be more stable than it was last year. 

With seven games with at least 89 yards, Wilson mostly displayed consistency no matter who was under center. 

The starting QB for next year is unclear, but rumors of Lamar Jackson, Aaron Rodgers and more have been floating around, either of which would be much better options for Wilson than last year.

The team should find success overall as well with so much young talent coming out of Wilson’s draft class that also included Gardner and running back Breece Hall, who was an OROY contender before an injury suffered mid-season.

Should the Jets acquire either Jackson or Rodgers, keep tabs on their 2024 Super Bowl odds at BetMGM Sportsbook NY.

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Future Is Bright

While there are no guarantees in the game of football, the career trajectories of former wide receivers in the same position Wilson is right now, combined with the promising direction of the team, make a very strong case he will have a strong sophomore season and excellent career for the New York Jets.

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Cecil Peters is a Senior Betting Analyst for EmpireStakes.com. A professional sports bettor in Canada, Cecil specializes in analyzing the latest odds impacting professional sports teams, with a focus on a league's favorite players and teams. In New York, that includes his specialty, the NHL, and the Rangers, Islanders and Sabres.

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