Zach Wilson has got his groove back, and it’s not on the football field. Wilson has been seen with a new love interest, and after the summer of speculation over his potential romantic endeavors with his mother’s best friend sparked by his ex-girlfriend, Wilson is looking to bounce back.
Wilson’s purported new boo is Nicolette Dellanno, a social media influencer with over 35,000 followers on Instagram. She was first seen publicly with the New York Jets quarterback Wilson sitting next to him at a New York Yankees game with the TV cameras capturing the two holding hands. The Yankees won the game over the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on June 15, and Zach Wilson planted his flag on a new course in his love life.
However, Wilson probably is unaware that his new love interest is generating as much attention as his last relationship and rumored entanglement with his mother’s best friend. The second-year quarterback doesn’t look at social media during the season.
“I don’t have social media on my phone. I want to be locked into what’s going on at the field and in our meeting rooms,” said Wilson during the preseason. “I keep my mind here with the guys and in the playbook and with our coaches. I don’t ever just scroll down social media.”
Wilson hasn’t played during the 2022 season yet, as he is still recovering from a preseason knee injury and subsequent surgery. In his stead, Joe Flacco has filled the gap, delivering a disappointing 24-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1 before bouncing back against the Cleveland Browns in Week 2.
However, the team wants Wilson back, and he is reportedly “on schedule” to return for Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Robert Saleh told Pelissero this week that Wilson has looked “fantastic” in his return to practice in individual and 7-on-7 drills.
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“[Wilson is] going to take part in 7-on-7s a little more than he did previously, just to ramp him up and see if they can get to the point where he is a full go by the time they get to Steelers week,” said NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. “That is the goal; he is recovering from meniscus surgery and a bone bruise, bone bruise probably proving to be the one that takes a little more time. But if he can through the practice week this week, then you might see him fully against the Steelers.”
Wilson has been limited in practice during the week, taking care of the knee he had a scope on about a month ago after suffering a bone bruise and a meniscus tear in New York’s first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 16. Wilson was scrambling on New York’s second drive of the game and went down with a non-contact injury.
He stayed off the field for the rest of preseason, resting and rehabbing, but he still could not start the game for Week 1. However, Wilson has a new outlook on life, and with a looming potential return to the field, Wilson’s adjustment to Gang Green in still evolving.
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