Sauce Gardner and Garrett Wilson are on the head of the rookie class.
On Tuesday, the Pro Football Writers Association named Gardner the 2022 Rookie of the Yr and Defensive Rookie of the Yr, whereas handing Wilson the offensive title.
Gardner, the No. 4 choice in final 12 months’s draft, shortly grew to become a star NFL cornerback after a standout profession at Cincinnati. In his first professional season, he began all 17 video games for the Jets, defending an NFL-high 20 passes defended. The 22-year-old ranked within the prime 5 amongst corners in receptions allowed (9), yards allowed (65), passes defensed, finishing share allowed (34.6 p.c) and highest protection success fee (76.9 p.c). He was the one rookie named to the PFWA All-NFL group this season.
Wilson, chosen six picks again of Gardner out of Ohio State, set Jets franchise information for rookies in receptions (83) and receiving yards (1,103). Eight occasions, he racked up a minimum of 75 yards by the air, topping the 100-yard mark thrice. He added 4 touchdowns on the season.
“Higher days are coming,” Wilson stated Monday, via the Jets’ official team site. “We took a step from the 12 months earlier than this one, and we plan to do the identical subsequent 12 months. We all know what we have been introduced right here to do and that’s produce and make a distinction, and all of us take loads of pleasure in doing that and provided that we did take a step, we nonetheless really feel like we might’ve made one thing extra out of this season.”
Each Gardner and Wilson are within the operating for the AP Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Yr awards, to be offered Feb. 9 at NFL Honors.