As the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, they hope that he can help turn the team’s fortunes around.
However, the jury is still out on him after his rookie season.
He did have nine touchdown passes, but he also had 11 interceptions and won only three games.
Wilson also completed just 55.6 percent of his passes.
It’s easy to blame his failures on several factors, especially the fact that the team’s talent level isn’t at par with their rivals even in the AFC East.
But before labeling him as a bust, here’s a reminder regarding Wilson.
Jets QB Zach Wilson turns 23 today #nyj
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) August 3, 2022
NFL Draft experts say that it takes three years to properly evaluate an NFL player.
The first year is an adjustment period while years two and three should manifest marked improvement.
Wilson will be playing his second year which means that he is still learning the ropes.
Even Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning did not have a great start to his career because he led the league in interceptions.
But while he has a long way to go, he must feel the urgency to deliver, especially in a league that does not manifest much patience.
Jets Hope For A Better Performance From Wilson
With a year of experience under his wing, Wilson should have a better understanding of the NFL game.
He already knows its pace and the tenacity that the defense brings.
Therefore, he must level up with his performances by showing a much-improved player.
It would be nice for him to develop a connection with rookie wide receiver Garrett Wilson.
Being on the same page helps them build a partnership that the Jets can rely on.
From there, general manager Joe Douglas would need to find the pieces that fit to make them more competitive.