Rangers take 2-0 ECF lead with 3-2 win over Tampa Bay Friday night

The New York Rangers took a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning following their 3-2 win at MSG on Saturday night.

The New York Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 and now hold a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 will be on Sunday in Tampa bat at 3:30 p.m.

With the win, the Rangers wiped out two huge records the Lighting had entering the game.  They were 18-0 following a playoff loss since 2020 and they had won nine consecutive Game 2’s of a series.

Igor Shesterkin has now won eight consecutive home games. The eight-game home win streak for the Rangers is the sixth-longest home playoff winning streak dating back to the Edmonton Oilers who won 11 home games consecutively in 1988.

Scoring Recap

K.Andre Miller, Kappo Kakko, and Mika Zibanejad all scored for the Blueshirts. Adam Fox had two assists giving him 17 helpers in the playoffs. Chris Kreider also had two assists including one on the game wing goal by Zibanejad.

Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov scored a power-play goal at 2:41 of the first following a controversial call by the on-ice officials that awarded the Lightning a power-play after Ryan Reaves and Pat Maroon’s altercation resulted in a minor penalty to Reaves for slashing.

Miller scored the tying goal a little over six minutes later. his initial shot was blocked, but Miller picked up the loose puck and took a shot that beat Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to the glove hand.

Kakko scored the team’s second goal off a brilliant pass from Adam Fox. A cross-ice pass threaded the needle onto Kakko’s stick for the deflected goal giving the Rangers a 2-1 lead late in the first period.

The teams would go scoreless in the second period.  Mika Zibanejad would score his 17th goal of the playoffs, which was the game-winner 1:21 into the final stanza. A fantastic shot that sailed over the blocker of the Lightning goalie.

The last time the Tampa Bay lost two consecutive playoff games was in 2019 against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round,  Oddly enough Artemi Panarin was also on that team.

The Rangers are two wins away from the Stanley Cup Finals. Their last appearance was in 2014 when they lost 4-1 to the Los Angeles Kings.

Game Notes

THE KID LINE – The trio of Filip Chytil, Kaapo Kakko, and Alexis Lafreniere once again made a contribution, with Kakko (1G) and Chytil (1A) earning points and Lafreniere posting a plus-1 rating. Lafrenière (20 YO – 2G-7A), Filip Chytil (22 YO – 7G-2A), and Kaapo Kakko (21 YO – 2G-3A) have a combined 23 points in these playoffs.

ONE STEP AHEAD – For only the second time in these playoffs, the Rangers won by one goal (Game 7 vs. PIT).

Adam Fox extended his home point streak to nine playoff games with a two-assist effort. Only two defensemen in NHL history have recorded a longer such run in a playoff year: Ray Bourque (10 GP in 1991) and Paul Coffey (10 GP in 1985). Fox recorded his fourth-straight multi-point game, surpassing Brian Leetch (1992 &1995) for the longest multi-point streak by a defenseman in Rangers playoff history. Overall, it was Fox’s sixth multi-point game of the playoffs, tying Sergei Zubov (6 in 1994) for the second-most in a single postseason by a Rangers defenseman, trailing only Brian Leetch (9 in 1994). With 22 points, Fox, as well as Zibanejad, rank third for the most points in a playoff year by a Rangers skater (Leetch – 34 in 1994, Messier – 30 in 1994).

–        Mika Zibanejad scored his ninth goal of the playoffs, extending his home goal streak to six games. Only three players in NHL history have recorded a longer such run in a playoff year: Guy Lafleur (8 GP in 1979), Paul Coffey (7 GP in 1985), and Reggie Leach (7 GP in 1976). Zibanejad has goals in six of his last seven games and points in seven-straight contests (6G-5A).

–        Igor Shesterkin won his eighth-straight playoff game at home, becoming the fifth goaltender to earn the feat since 1998 (Jonathan Quick – 2013, Marc-Andre Fleury – 2008, Chris Osgood – 2009, Martin Brodeur – 2003). Shesterkin earned his 10th career postseason win in his 17th game, requiring the fewest games in Rangers history to reach the mark among goaltenders to start their playoff career with the franchise (edging Henrik Lundqvist: 18 GP). Shesterkin has allowed two or fewer goals in eight of his last nine games and has won six of his last seven games. Since Game 5 against Pittsburgh in the First Round, Shesterkin has posted a 9-3 record with a .939 save percentage and 2.08 goals-against average.

–        Chris Kreider tallied two assists boosting his career total to 53 points, the fifth most in Rangers playoff history. Kreider has accumulated points in four-straight contests (3G-2A). Tonight, Kreider tied Ryan McDonagh for the fourth-most games played (96) in New York postseason history.

–        Filip Chytil registered an assist, giving him points in four-straight contests (5G-1A).

–        Frank Vatrano collected an assist, earning a point for a third-straight game (1G-3A). Vatrano has four goals and seven assists for 11 points in the postseason. Since joining the Rangers on March 17, Vatrano has accumulated 24 points (12G-12A) in 38 games.

–        Kaapo Kakko scored his second goal of the playoffs, giving him points in three-straight games (1G-2A). In his last four games, Kakko has been a plus-6 rating.

–        K’Andre Miller netted his second goal in these playoffs, tying the game at 1-1. Miller also had points in three-straight contests (1G-2A). Rangers defensemen have accumulated 42 points in the postseason, the second-most in the NHL behind Colorado (47). via NYR PR

 

Main takeaways following Yankees’ beatdown of Detroit (6/3/22)

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

The New York Yankees faced off against the Detroit Tigers in the first of a three-game series on Friday night. With Gerrit Cole on the mound, the Yankees were looking to put together another stellar outing after securing a doubleheader sweep against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

Cole carried a perfect game into the 7th inning before Jonathan Shoop singled to center field, breaking up what might’ve been a special performance. Nonetheless, Cole was dominant over 102 pitches, lowering his ERA to 2.78 on the season.

Good news and bad news as the Yankees torch Detroit on Friday night:

Aside from Gerrit’s incredible game, lasting 7.0 innings, giving up just two hits, and striking out nine batters, the offense was electric to pair. Overall, the Yankees recorded 15 hits, five walks, and 13 total runs. DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, and Anthony Rizzo combined for seven hits and seven RBIs, striking out just twice between them.

An exciting 5th inning took the Yankees from five runs to 12, thanks to a three-run blast from Rizzo and a two-run shot from Matt Carpenter. This season, the former St. Louis Cardinal has four homers for the Yankees, hosting an awesome mustache to boot.

Overall, the entire Yankees’ batting order shined, as the Detroit Tigers didn’t stand a chance against Gerrit Cole at the top of his game. At the end of the game, the Bombers even got veteran relief pitcher Manny Banuelos, pitching 2.0 innings and giving up one hit.

This was the first time since 2019 that Banuelos made an appearance in the MLB. His last season was with the Chicago White Sox, hosting a 2.93 ERA over 50.2 innings.

Nonetheless, he looked solid to close the game following Cole’s masterpiece. The Yankees will look ahead to Saturday afternoon against Detroit with Luis Severino on the mound. Severino hosts a 3.38 ERA on the season, the worst among Yankee starters. Nonetheless, that clearly indicates how dominant their rotation has been.

Two Giants Mid-Round Rookies projected as Day One Starters

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Entering the 2022 offseason, the New York Giants lacked depth and talent on their roster. New general manager Joe Schoen had the tall task of managing the Giants’ tight salary cap while acquiring talent. It seems he has done just that, especially with his first draft class as the team’s GM. Schoen and the Giants had the luxury of two top-ten draft selections in the first round of this year’s draft. New York was nearly guaranteed to walk away with two day-one starters in the first round. But the draft does not end after round one, and hitting on mid-round draft picks was crucial for the Giants. So far, it looks so good, as two mid-round rookies are being projected as surprising day-one starters: tight end Daniel Bellinger and defensive back Dane Belton.

The Giants revamped their roster this offseason, releasing and letting go of starting players on both sides of the ball. New York let starting tight end Evan Engram walk in free agency while cutting both of his backups in Kyle Rudolph and Kaden Smith. This left a major need at the tight end position for the Giants this offseason, and it looks like they filled that need in the fourth round of this year’s draft. The Giants drafted tight end Daniel Bellinger out of Sand Diego State with the 112th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. It is unusual to find a starter that late in the draft, but after 10 days of OTAs, it appears Bellinger is in line to roll out with the first team.

Dane Belton, rookie safety out of Iowa, also seems like he could be starting in September. The Giants drafted Belton two picks after Bellinger at 114 overall. Like Daniel Bellinger, Dane Belton is also turning heads as a potential starter during OTAs. It would be extraordinary if Joe Schoen did indeed manage to land two starters in the fourth round of this year’s draft.

Daniel Bellinger and Dane Belton practicing with the first team

An interesting storyline developing at Giants’ OTAs is the emergence of the team’s two fourth-round draft picks. According to Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com, Dane Belton and Daniel Bellinger “have already emerged as possible Day 1 starters.”

Daniel Bellinger could be the Giants’ starting tight end this season

Daniel bellinger has been taking practice reps with the first team despite other veteran tight ends being healthy and competing for the position:

Thursday, Bellinger got the majority of the reps with the first-team offense ahead of veterans Ricky Seals-Jones and Jordan Akins, and he’s been a favorite target of Jones’ throughout OTAs. Where some rookies have been getting first-team reps in part because of injuries to others — including Belton — both Seals-Jones and Akins are healthy and practicing. – Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com

Dane Belton taking first team reps at Giants OTAs

Dane Belton is a versatile player with the ability to line up at multiple defensive positions. He has done exactly that at OTAs, surprisingly receiving reps with the first team in practice.

Belton’s first-team reps on Thursday were a bit more of a surprise — though understandable considering his versatility and the absence of some defensive backs. Cornerbacks Aaron Robinson and Holmes, plus safety Jarren Williams didn’t participate.

But projected safety starters Xavier McKinney and Julian Love did — and Belton was out there anyway. Belton lined up as a third safety for much of the afternoon, and even was out there when Love or McKinney would sub out too. McKinney is locked in as a starter, but Love has mostly been a backup in his career anyway and this coaching staff didn’t draft him — they picked Belton. – Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com

Should Daniel Bellinger and Dane Belton start for the Giants as rookies?

It is unusual to see fourth-round draft picks enter the NFL as day-one starters, but it is not impossible. Daniel Bellinger and Dane Belton are talented players and they both play positions where the Giants lack depth.

Daniel Bellinger could be the Giants’ starting tight end this season. The San Diego State product is as sure-handed as they come and appears to be a perfect fit in Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka’s offensive scheme. Bellinger averaged 14.5 yards after the catch per reception, which ranked first of the prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft class (PFF). Daniel Bellinger is also a willing blocker and a secure catcher. He had 0 dropped passes in the 2021 season to go along with a 4.2% drop rate for his entire collegiate career.

Dane Belton is a superior athlete. His relative athletic score (RAS) was an elite 9.41 after an impressive day of athletic testing at the Scouting Combine. Belton ran a 4.43s 40-yard dash with a blazing-fast 1.49s 10-yard split. The versatile defensive back has the straight-line speed to make the break on passes and make plays. Making plays is what Dane Belton was all about during his collegiate career. He totaled 5 interceptions and 7 passes defended in 2021. The Giants may have found a gem in Dane Belton.

BKFC Roundup: Bec Rawlings – Britain Hart 2 & John Dodson signs

BKFC President David Feldman said it would be a big year for the promotion and he’s doing all he can to make it happen. This week, there was a couple of additional nuggets of news that’s a big deal for Bare Knuckle.

The first big piece of news came out earlier today. Former two-time UFC title challenger and Ultimate Fighter winner John Dodson (22-13 MMA) has signed with BKFC. Dodson is expected to make his debut with the promotion on August 27th.

At this time, there is no word on who “The Magician” will fight when he makes his Bare Knuckle debut. Back in April, Dodson returned for MMA competition for just his second fight since he was released from the UFC.

Dodson was able to get back on track with a win over Francisco Rivera Jr. Now, Dodson is cashing in with a nice new deal in BKFC. The 37 year old still has plenty of fight left in him and it’ll be interesting to see what he can do in the Bare Knuckle world.

BKFC books big rematch

If you’re a fan of women’s Bare Knuckle Boxing, you should be excited about this rematch. The promotion has announced that on June 24th, former BKFC champion Bec Rawlings (3-0) will be returning to take on Britain Hart (4-3).

Rawlings returns for the first time since BKFC’s fourth event that took place back in 2019. She last competed in combat sports under the Bellator banner back in 2020 where she picked up a win over Elina Kallionidou.

Britain Hart made her BKFC debut against Rawlings at the second ever event. She lost that fight by split decision. She then lost her second fight in BKFC against Christine Ferea. However, after that, she went on a big run.

Hart won four straight including spoiling the BKFC debut of Paige VanZant. After defeating Pearl Gonzalez by decision, she got a rematch with Ferea for the vacant BKFC flyweight title. Unfortunately for Hart, she lost by decision and her winning streak was snapped.

Now, she’s getting another rematch against Rawlings who will look to stay perfect in Bare Knuckle.

Mets buy new pitching machine that can replicate the delivery of any pitcher

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New York Mets’ owner Steve Cohen is known for his love for the team. He will do anything within the rules to give his squad a competitive edge, and this time, he is bringing an innovative technological resource to help maintain the best record in the National League.

When the Mets return home in a little over a week, they will have a high-tech pitching machine that they brought from Canada, according to New York Post’s Mike Puma.

Mets’ hitting coach Eric Chavez explained that the machine is designed to replicate the delivery of any pitcher that is inputted. Just a handful of teams have access to this kind of technology in Major League Baseball, and now the Mets are one of them.

“[The machine] will be the pitcher, so if we draw up Clayton Kershaw we will be facing Kershaw, his windup and everything and his pitches,” Chavez said Thursday before the Mets’ 2-0 loss to the Dodgers.

The Mets will be one step ahead

The Mets will only be able to use the machine prior to games, as MLB doesn’t allow its use during games once the play ball voice is heard.

“We have been trying to talk about it, anticipate it, but until we get it in our hands and touch it, see it, we’re not going to know how we’re going to be able to apply it exactly,” Chavez said. “It’s just going to be one of those things this year when we get it, trial and error and we’ll see what happens.”

Mets’ outfielder Brandon Nimmo is not surprised that the organization acquired the machine. “That’s one of the huge differences we have seen from the start,” he stated. “If it’s going to help the team succeed then [Cohen] is willing to do it, so it really doesn’t come down to a cost factor.”

The Mets’ offense, already one of the best in the league with a 116 wRC+ (second-highest in MLB, behind the Dodgers), will have a new, shiny weapon.

Yankees Roster Moves: Reinforcements on the way as veteran 3rd baseman returns

josh donaldson, yankees

The New York Yankees have been in desperate need of reinforcements, with several players going down due to injury. The Yankees have lost Giancarlo Stanton to an ankle issue and Josh Donaldson to a suspension and injury in the last two weeks. Even star utilityman DJ LeMahieu has dealt with a sore wrist, keeping him out for a few days.

However, it was announced that the Yankees would be activating Donaldson and starting him at third base on Friday night against the Detroit Tigers. He will also bat clean-up in place of Stanton, who is expected to make a return over the weekend after being placed on the 10-day injured list.

After Donaldson was suspended for one game after making a racial comment toward Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, he has kept quiet, buying his time until a return.

How has Donaldson performed this season?

The 36-year-old veteran is hitting .238 with five homers and 15 RBIs this season over 152 plate appearances. He also hosts a 23.7% strikeout rate and 13.2% walk rate, showcasing good patience in the batter’s box. His 35% on-base rate also stands out as a positive metric. Josh’s defensive qualities have been a net positive so far this season. Manning, the hot corner in place of Gio Urshela, who was sent to the Minnesota Twins in a trade earlier this off-season, he has recorded a .962 fielding percentage with three errors over 198.1 innings.

In his place, LeMahieu has gotten a few starts at third, and Marwin Gonzalez has mostly filled in. Given his power metrics, Donaldson is a far more effective hitter (over Marwin). He hosts a 46.8% hard-hit percentage this year with a 13.8% barrel rate.

He will be looking to provide a spark for the Yankees against the Tigers on Friday with Elvin Rodriguez on the mound, who features a 6.17 ERA over 11.2 innings pitched this season.

Mavericks still unfazed despite Knicks’ move to hire Jalen Brunson’s dad

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The Dallas Mavericks remain confident of their ability to re-sign Jalen Brunson despite the New York Knicks‘ move to hire his father.

Rick Brunson is reportedly close to finalizing a deal to become part of Tom Thibodeau’s coaching staff, per SNY report.

According to NBA insider Marc Stein, “there is no grave concern bubbling (yet) in Dallas…”

It’s an open secret around the league that Thibodeau had wanted to bring Rick Brunson on board when he was hired to coach the Knicks in 2020. As previously reported, Brunson already tendered his resignation from his coaching post at Camden High School, only to change his mind a few days later.

The Knicks are the Mavericks’ most serious rival in Jalen Brunson’s services, with or without them hiring his father. But the Mavericks are unperturbed since they are the only team that can offer the most money with an extra year tacked on a potential deal.

“After cementing himself this season as Dallas’ second-most reliable player behind Luka Don?i?, Brunson is expected to command a contract in free agency that meets or even exceeds Fred VanVleet’s recent four-year, $85 million deal with Toronto. VanVleet was undrafted; Brunson was a second-round pick (No. 33 overall) in 2018,” Stein wrote in the Friday edition of his Substack newsletter.

Former NBA Agent and founder of ProFitX.ai Joshua Ebrahim, who struck a partnership with the Mavericks, projects Brunson’s floor in the $21 million range before his elevated performance in the playoffs.

“So I would imagine it to be between the $20-25 million range. I think that’s where he’ll end up and have a lot of interest from opposing teams,” Ebrahim said on the Mavs Film Room podcast last March.

The Knicks have to unload around $20 million — a combination of Kemba Walker, Nerlens Noel or Alec Burks — to open up a cap space to contend for Brunson in the open market. Otherwise, they will have to maneuver a complex sign-and-trade deal with the Mavericks, which they are reportedly not keen on doing.

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Adriano Moraes – Demetrious Johnson 2 headlines ONE Championship’s debut on Amazon Prime

ONE Championship is gearing up for a new era in their promotion. At the end of April it was announced that the promotion had come to an agreement with Amazon Prime Video to be the exclusive home for live ONE Championship coverage in the US and Canada.

In August, the promotion will make their debut on Prime Video and they are bringing a banger of a main event. Ariel Helwani was the first to report this morning that the ONE flyweight champion Adriano Moraes (20-3) will defend his title against “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (30-4-1).

This is a rematch from ONE Championship’s debut on TNT where Moraes knocked out Johnson in the second round. Moraes came to ONE from the regional circuit in Brazil where he started 9-0. Since making the jump to ONE, he’s gone an impressive 11-3.

Moraes became the interim champion back in 2016 and then became the undisputed flyweight champion in 2017. He lost his first title defense by split decision to Geje Eustaquio, but he immediately avenged that loss.

After that was his knockout of Mighty Mouse at ONE on TNT 1. Most recently, he defended his title against Yuya Wakamatsu and won by third round submission.

Might Mouse, ONE Champion?

For years, Demetrious Johnson held the top spot in the MMA pound-for-pound rankings. He ran the UFC’s flyweight division and defended his title successfully 11 times before falling to Henry Cejudo by split decision.

After that, it seemed like the logical thing was for the UFC to book the rematch. Johnson had a win over Cejudo and Cejudo had a win over Johnson. However, a shocking move was then announced when Johnson was essentially traded to ONE Championship for Ben Askren.

Mighty Mouse started strong in ONE with winning his first three fights. That’s what earned him a shot at Moraes and the flyweight title. However, Johnson suffered the knockout loss and hasn’t fought since.

Well, he did have a special rules bout with Rodtang Jitmuangnon and won by second round submission. However, this rematch with Moraes will be his first fight since the loss in traditional MMA.

Yankees: Jose Treviño has been one of the best catchers in MLB

jose trevino, yankees

When the New York Yankees flipped right-hander Albert Abreu and left-hander Robby Ahlstrom to the Texas Rangers for Jose Treviño, he was viewed as a backup catcher who, at best, could fight for semi-regular playing time with Kyle Higashioka.

Fast forward a few weeks, and we can now firmly say Treviño not only has earned the majority of the playing time in the catcher position, but he has also performed like a top-ten catcher in Major League Baseball.

Yes, it sounds insane, but the backstop, who grew up as a Yankees fan, is currently ninth in MLB in Wins Above Replacement, or WAR (FanGraphs’ version) among catchers with 1.0. He is actually fourth in the American League, behind Jonah Heim, Alejandro Kirk, and Sean Murphy.

The defensive specialist has given the Yankees surprisingly good offense

Most of Treviño’s value comes from his defensive contributions. As our own Alexander Wilson explained, he is very good at framing, the art of stealing strikes. He is a fantastic game-caller and is a terrific defensive presence behind the plate.

The Yankees, however, have gotten surprisingly good offensive production from the 29-year-old. So far, Treviño is slashing .275/.318/.413 with three homers, 12 RBI, and a 114 wRC+, which means he has been 14 percent better than his peers.

Treviño, most likely, isn’t a true-talent top-ten catcher in baseball (he is a career 73 wRC+, after all), but he has shown enough to be considered the Yankees’ starter and is an asset with the mitt. He has made some improvements in the batters’ box, so if he can settle in between 90-100 wRC+, he could be an asset for as long as he wears pinstripes.

Higashioka is still very much a part of the Yankees’ plans, and we will have to see how Ben Rortvedt performs once he returns from injury. But Treviño has earned the right to get most of the playing time behind the plate for the foreseeable future and he has been one of MLB’s best and most consistent catchers.

2022 stat projections for New York Jets QB Zach Wilson

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The general expectation for New York Jets second-year quarterback Zach Wilson is a sizable jump. Wilson will be expected to do his job well and lead the Jets to more victories in the win column in 2022. In order for more wins, Wilson will have to be more consistently productive on the stat sheet. Below, we will assess some of his key numbers from his rookie year and project what is fair to expect this season.

Review of 2021 production

In the first year of his career, Wilson started in 13 games. He concluded with 213 completions on 383 passing attempts, giving him a 55.6 completion percentage. Wilson threw for 2,334 yards which placed his yards per attempt at 6.1. He finished the 2021 season with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions. In total, this put Wilson’s QB rating at 69.7.

These stats as a whole put Wilson at a per-game average of 16.4 completions, 29.5 attempts, 179.5 yards, 0.69 touchdowns, and 0.85 interceptions.

On the ground, Wilson had 29 rushing attempts on the year, going for 185 yards, an average of 6.4 per run. He had four rushing touchdowns. When combining his passing and rushing numbers, Wilson had 2,519 yards and 13 touchdowns as a first-year quarterback.

Outlook for 2022

Considering the stability of New York Jets’ offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, Wilson should be more confident with the scheme. He will be going into year two with talented skill position players Michael Carter, Elijah Moore, and Corey Davis. Then, to add Breece Hall, Garrett Wilson, and three tight ends in C.J. Uzomah, Tyler Conklin, and Jeremy Ruckert, Wilson has many more viable options.

The offensive line returns three good starters in George Fant, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Connor McGovern. His offensive line is vastly improved to have a healthy Mekhi Becton and Pro-Bowl veteran in Laken Tomlinson.

The first key thing with Wilson this season is his health. Playing in all 17 games gives him the best opportunity to bolster his final stat-line. From there, a fair projection in terms of completions would be around 325 for the year. This would give him an average of 19.1 per game, a steady improvement from 16.4 in year one. In terms of total passing attempts, a realistic expectation would be about 525, an average 0f 30.9 a week. This would lead to a nice rise in completion percentage from 55.6 to 62%.

A good prediction would be 3,750 on the year in terms of passing yards. Per week, his average would be 220.6, a jump of over 40-yards from his rookie season. His yards per attempt would go up a yard to 7.1. With regard to passing touchdowns, Wilson should have 25 by the season’s end. Anticipate his interception total being similar to last year, around 12. A 2-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio would be awesome for Wilson.

On the ground, he should run for 250 yards and around five touchdowns. This would give him in total 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in year two.

If Wilson can produce at a level like this, there will be tremendous optimism regarding his future growth. In the end, this would likely lead to many more wins in 2022 for the Jets.