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Trending? Jets’ Wilson deletes social media apps ahead of camp

FLORHAM PARK, NJ (AP) Zach Wilson knows what an NFL quarterback’s turf entails, especially one in the New York area.

With such a large media presence and a huge fan base, every shot on the field – including in training – and every movement of it is scrutinized. How does the soon-to-be 23-year-old Jets QB deal with all the chatter?

“Who checks?” asked Wilson with a lopsided smile. “I mean, I’m sorry – I don’t read any of yours. It’s just (Joe) Flacco scrutinizing me – we play outside of that in our ping-pong tournaments.”

Wilson has an easy way to deal with this: he deletes all social media apps from his phone before training camp.

“I mean, I’m not a big social media guy,” he said. “I don’t have access to stuff like that. I’m staying here with the guys and in the playbook and with our coaches and I’m learning from what these guys are telling me.

That’s correct. No tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram photos or TikTok videos for Wilson until after the end of the season.

“I want to be informed about what’s going on in our field and in our meeting rooms,” he said.

Wilson said he began deleting his social media apps prior to camp while he was in college at BYU. He has what he calls his “social media team” to help post things when needed.

“They’re going to send me content — ‘Do you want to hang this or that?'” Wilson said. “I do stuff with our guys on our team like, ‘Hey, I think that would be cool to post like this or brag about it.’ But really, when it comes down to just reading things, I never bother with those things.

“I never just scroll through social media.”

However, Wilson is in a unique place because of course he regularly trends for his football exploits. But he’s also been buzzing the gossip sites for rumors about his dating life in the off-season. His mother, Lisa, is also a popular personality on Instagram, with more than 119,000 followers.

“For me, it’s just about limiting the voices that I really need to hear,” Wilson said. “And right now it’s all about hearing what my coaches have to say, what the other quarterbacks have to say and really, my teammates and what we think about every single game.

“Even parents can be distracting sometimes.”

I’m sorry mom and dad. There are no like buttons yet.

NOTES: RB Michael Carter was pulled from practice due to what coach Robert Saleh called a minor ankle problem. Carter is day-to-day hoping he’ll be back on the field later this week. … DE Vinny Curry is out with a hamstring injury. … LT George Fant made his first appearance in some games during team practices this summer. He is working his way back from off-season arthroscopic knee surgery.

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