Jets star wideout can achieve first major career milestone in 2024

Dec 28, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson (17) warms up before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets have an offensive weapon that could make the Pro Bowl for the first time next season. Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson is coming off two consecutive 1,000-plus yard seasons in New York and will have a healthy Aaron Rodgers passing him the football in 2024.

The soon-to-be third-year wideout is primed for another noteworthy campaign, though he’ll have more sharing to do on the outside with Mike Williams now opposite him on the line of scrimmage.

Jets: Garrett Wilson is slated to be a Pro Bowl candidate in 2024 barring injury

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Nov 27, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson (17) celebrates his touchdown reception during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Nevertheless, the 23-year-old is a candidate to make the Pro Bowl in the AFC at the end of next year if the Jets’ offense lives up to its expectations.

In 2023, wide receivers Stefon Diggs (Buffalo Bills), Ja’Marr Chase (Cincinnati Bengals), DaVante Adams (Las Vegas Raiders), and Tyreek Hill (Miami Dolphins) were named to the AFC team. All four star pass-catchers went for 1,144 or more receiving yards on the campaign, outdoing Wilson’s 1,042 receiving yards. He’ll likely have to put the ante to get a nod over the field of competition in the upcoming 17-game slate.

Wilson’s hands will help him become a favored Rodgers target and pile on yards in 2024

Dec 10, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson (17) before a snap during the second half against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson (17) before a snap during the second half against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Wilson posted identical catch percentages in 2022 and 2023 at 56.5 percent. He also averages 12.1 yards per reception for his career. This is crucial seeing that Williams is among the better deep-ball threats in the NFL, who will open up the field and occupy opposing defensive backs, allowing Wilson to see more time in single coverage and get more open looks in mid-yardage plays.

The Jets did not have an offensive player make the Pro Bowl in 2023. The rising star can break that mold and also has an outside shot at making an All-Pro team. New York additionally has not had an All-Pro receiver since Brandon Marshall made the Second Team in 2015. All things considered, Wilson racking up yardage and establishing himself as a red zone threat will be a major stepping stone for him to earn end-of-season recognition and will also be a telltale sign of a Jets aerial attack that can help fuel a potential Super Bowl run.

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