Close your eyes, Jets fans.
NFL.com has released its full rankings for each team’s primary starting quarterback through the 2021 season and somebody had to rank dead last in the rankings. That person was New York rookie Zach Wilson.
Others listed in order:
- Tom Brady
- Aaron Rodgers
- Josh Allen
- Justin Herbert
- Matt Stafford
- Joe Burrow
- Patrick Mahomes
- Kyler Murray
- Dak Prescott
- Derek Carr
- Russell Wilson
- Ryan Tannehill
After Wilson was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 draft, he was looked at as the next big thing in the city, but his rookie campaign was filled with more questions than answers as QB’s that stepped in when he was injured moved the offense better than he could.
His injury seemed to help Wilson show signs of why the team drafted him.
“It was impressive and it was instructive,” said Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. “He started out rough and I would get texts or calls from coordinators around the league who were like, ‘man, I thought this guy would be better, I’m not sure what’s going on.’ And then he basically took a break, he was injured [in Week 7 against the Patriots], but he basically took a break and it’s incredible how helpful it is to just take a deep breath, take stock, learn, understand what’s happening around you and get your feet under you. When he came back, he was much better and you could see this is the guy that they drafted.”
Wilson returned to the field in the Week 12 win at Houston and solved his turnover issues by tossing only 2 interceptions, passed for 5 TDs, ran for 4 scores and had a 75.2 passer rating.
Wilson led the Jets to a 3-10 record as a starter. For the year, he threw for 2,334 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions on a disappointing 55.6 completion percentage. Not helping matters was him being sacked 44 times for a league-leading 370 negative yards and fumbled the ball five times.
With a full year under his belt and an offseason for the team to put better pieces around him, Wilson is looking to make better strides during the 2022 season.
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