The New York Jets didn’t hesitate to turn back to Zach Wilson when Aaron Rodgers fell with an injury.
Of course, they didn’t have a choice at the time, but the fact that they haven’t gone after a replacement and have reaffirmed they’ll roll for him for the remainder of the season speaks volumes of their confidence in him.
However, given how some of the players actively recruited Aaron Rodgers last offseason, one could argue that the locker room’s confidence in Wilson isn’t exactly high right now.
Still, when asked about whether he felt like he had to earn their trust back, he downplayed that narrative by stating that he’s always felt his teammates’ support even outside of the locker room (via Harrison Glaser).
Zach Wilson is asked if he needs to regain the confidence of the #Jets locker room:
“I don’t think I need to think of it like that. I think how I can go out there & play football will earn that trust back from those guys. I would say I have a very good relationship with… pic.twitter.com/xyVcEkyXEb
— Harrison Glaser (@NYJetsTFMedia) September 14, 2023
Wilson states that the players are actually very close, so he doesn’t feel that kind of pressure.
Regardless of what he feels, it is a fact that he’ll have a huge target on his back.
He has failed to live up to the expectations after being taken No. 2 overall, and he was literally booed off the field mid-game last season.
Wilson is young and has had a full offseason to develop his game and work on his craft, and having Rodgers by his side may have helped him fix some of his flaws.
But at least until proven otherwise, people will continue to look at him as the weakest link in a once-Super Bowl contender, and that’s going to be tough to shake off.NEXT: Analyst Says Jets Should Go After 1 NFC North QB