Zach Wilson escapes, then scores on longest QB run in New York Jets’ history

  • Longtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News
  • Syracuse University graduate

When in doubt, run.

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, who has struggled in the passing game, delivered one of the best plays of the year Sunday — and he did it with his legs. He scored on a 52-yard run against the Jacksonville Jaguars, giving the Jets a 6-3 lead at MetLife Stadium. It was the longest touchdown run by a quarterback in Jets’ history.

On a third-and-5, Wilson was blitzed — a six-man rush. The Jaguars’ containment was poor, allowing Wilson to escape to his right. The right side of the field was wide open, so he kept running … and running … and …

He appeared to be going out of bounds at the 33-yard line — safety Rudy Ford thought he was — but Wilson faked Ford and kept going. At the 10, he eluded safety Andrew Wingard, completing his historic run. He reached a top speed of 17.78 mph, according to NFL Next Gen Stats.

In a game that pitted the top two picks of this past spring’s NFL draft — QBs Trevor Lawrence of the Jaguars and Wilson — it was the Jets’ longest run since running back Isaiah Crowell’s 77-yarder in 2018. It was the longest run by any quarterback since Marcus Mariota — then with the Tennessee Titans — had an 87-yarder against the Jaguars in 2015.

The Jets kept the fireworks going in the second quarter when Braxton Berrios returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown.

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