Jets’ Garrett Wilson already has perfect demeanor for big stage

His players were headed from the locker room to the field Friday night in Philadelphia for the preseason opener when Robert Saleh took particular notice of one of his young players. 

The Jets head coach watched 22-year-old receiver Garrett Wilson, one of the team’s three first-round draft picks, and immediately loved what he saw. 

Saleh witnessed Wilson’s demeanor “switched to another level’’ on game day. 

Wilson, drafted 10th overall out of Ohio State, caught two passes for 25 yards in his NFL preseason debut against the Eagles, but it was how he approached the game that impressed Saleh the most. 

“He is an ultimate competitor,’’ Saleh said. “He showed it in the first game already with Philadelphia. This game is not too big for him.’’ 

When Saleh speaks of his team, he often refers to how young the roster is and how he’s anxiously waiting to see “who the superstars are’’ who’ll emerge. Maybe Wilson is one of those players in waiting — as a winner all his life. 

“I can tell you right now that he’s not afraid,’’ Garret’s father, Kenny Wilson, told The Post on Monday. “His intensity is off the charts. When game days come, he’s ready to go. He does whatever it takes to win. He sells out to win. He has the mind and body and the will to help shape the outcome of a game. He’s always been that way. 

“I kind of expect him to do great things. That’s just what he’s always done. With the right opportunity, he could make a real impact. I’ve never seen him not do that.’’ 

Garrett Wilson
Garrett Wilson participates in drills at Jets training camp.
Bill Kostroun/New York Post

Kenny Wilson blew his son’s mind at the NFL draft when he wrote an emotional letter to him and read it on camera as part of an NFL production. It was powerful and poignant. Among the things Kenny said to his son was some advice and some reminders. 

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