Ex-Jets tight end likes that Zach Wilson takes risks

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Former Jets tight end Anthony Becht likes all the quarterbacks in this year’s draft, but he said he is a fan of Zach Wilson because he’s more of a “gunslinger” than the other prospects.

“He takes risks,” Becht told SNY. “You do need a quarterback that does that as well. You aren’t going to dink-and-dunk your way to a Super Bowl.”

Wilson’s risks paid off in 2020. He threw for 3,692 yards, completed 73.5 percent of his passes, averaged 11 yards per attempt and scored 33 touchdowns to just three interceptions. Wilson also finished with the highest Pro Football Focus grade of any college quarterback this past season and had zero turnover-worthy plays while under pressure.

Many expect Joe Douglas and the Jets to draft Wilson second overall later this month. Becht said Jets fans should be excited about that.

“We’ve seen a lot of new chapters – this book is as thick as the Bible – but that’s OK,” he said. “I’m excited about it. Every year is new.”

The Jets drafted Anthony Becht 27th overall in 2000 – the team’s fourth first-round pick that year. He played five years in New York and caught 133 receptions for 1,164 yards and 17 touchdowns. Becht played six more seasons; three for the Buccaneers, one for the Rams, one for the Cardinals and one for the Chiefs.

He retired in 2011.

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