Jets QB Zach Wilson underperformed yet again during Sunday’s eventful slate of Week 2 games. The BYU QB threw three first-half interceptions and ended up totaling four by the end of the game against New England.
It’s time for Jets fans to take a step back from the Wilson enthusiasm. Through two games, Wilson is averaging 234 yards per game, 1 touchdown per game, and 2.5 interceptions per game.
While the two defenses (Carolina and New England) he’s faced are two of the more formidable in the league, the debut has been rough for Zach Wilson. I don’t think this is how Jets fans envisioned his rookie season starting.
To be fair, the struggling signal-caller doesn’t have a splendid supporting cast. The offensive line is one of the worst in the league and losing Mekhi Becton to injury doesn’t help. The wide receiver core is pretty weak as well.
Far Stretching Comparisons
Many draft analysts and fans compared Zach Wilson to NFL greats such as Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Mahomes. All players with a strong arm and deep ball, which Wilson showed in college.
The BYU product was excellent in his last season for the Cougars. He threw for 3692 yards, 33 touchdowns, and only three interceptions while compiling a completion percentage of 73.5%. After his breakout season, the New York Jets selected him 2nd overall in the 2021 NFL draft.
I was worried about the strong-armed quarterback as a prospect due to playing in the Mountain West, which is typically an inferior conference in college football. Playing against less-talented opponents sometimes makes the NFL transition difficult.
It’s time they cool it on the comparisons too. The road ahead for Zach Wilson looks bleak and it’ll take a lot of work on his part as well as the team to set him up for success.
Buckle up Jets fans. Unless things change, this could be rough season(s) with Wilson at the helm.