Quick Bit: Wilson said he feels it is a great way to limit distractions and focus on preparing for the season.

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Don’t bother tweeting at Zach Wilson or commenting on old Instagram posts. The Jets quarterback won’t see it.

Wilson told reporters on Tuesday he deleted social media apps off his phone as the Jets get deeper into training camp ahead of the 2022 NFL season.

“I’m not a big social media guy,” Wilson said. “I don’t have access to that kind of stuff. I keep my mind here with the guys and the playbook and with our coaches and learn from what those guys are telling me.”

Wilson is certainly not the first athlete to remove social media from his phone before, during or after a season. He explained why he is the latest to shut out the noise.

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Why Zach Wilson is deleting social media

Wilson’s decision to remove social media is based in a story as old as time for athletes: just staying focused on the season.

“I just feel like it’s a great way to kind of disconnect and then my mind is 100 percent here, focused on what it’s supposed to be focused on,” Wilson said. “I’m spending time with what my coaches are saying in the meeting room rather than everybody else.”

The second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Wilson is headed into a pivotal season for the Jets. New York had a standout draft and added several offensive weapons to help give the former BYU quarterback the weapons he needs to find success in the offense. In his rookie season, he completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 2,334 yards with nine touchdown passes and 11 interceptions.

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This isn’t uncommon for Wilson. The QB said he has deleted social media before the season since his time at BYU after hearing from several people how distracting it can be during the season.

“There’s good and bad that comes from everything so I think for me, it just comes to limiting what voices I need to really hear,” Wilson said. “And right now, it’s hearing what coaches have to say, what the other quarterbacks have to say and really what my teammates and what we’re thinking on every single play.”

“Even parents at times can be a distraction.”

Of course, the timing feels mildly coincidental. Wilson stepping away from social media comes after allegations made against him by his ex-girlfriend, which has since become a viral moment for the second-year quarterback.

His mother is also very active on social media, as she has more than 100,000 followers on Instagram.

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Athletes to shut off social media

There have always been plenty of athletes that take themselves off social media.

While trade rumors were circulating earlier this offseason, Baker Mayfield took himself off social media to preserve his mental health. Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan said he won’t be on social media at all during the 2022 season. Steelers EDGE T.J. Watt took 2021 off social media, and proceeded to tie the NFL record in sacks.

And it’s not just in the NFL. NBA star LeBron James notably takes social media off during the postseason. Boxer Tyson Fury recently took off from social media as he focused on training.

“I’d say that’s pretty common with a lot of athletes,” Wilson said.

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