NY Jets quarterback Zach Wilson needs offensive line stability
Zach Wilson struggled as a rookie despite stellar offensive line play. Pro Football Focus ranked the unit 11th in the league, a testament to Douglas’ focus on the position group.
Gang Green needs Wilson to take a major step forward next season, but Wilson will need to continue to have solid pass protection. Too often this season, Wilson was met with pressure and backtracked to nowhere, absorbing a drive-killing sack in the process.
Letting Moses walk and subjecting Wilson to blitzers would further stunt the QB’s growth. Not to mention losing a key run blocker could worsen the run game, adding even more pressure on the young field general.
Jets fans often cite Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen as a comparison for Wilson because of the Wyoming product’s unprecedented career turnaround. It’s worth noting, though, that Allen had a top-10 offensive line in 2020 per PFF, the year he emerged as a great QB in the league.
If Becton gets hurt or Fant regresses to his previous play — neither of which is unlikely — Wilson’s development could be put in jeopardy.
Drafting Moses’ replacement does not provide a strong short-term solution, which is important in this situation due to the urgency of Wilson’s development. Signing a free agent unfamiliar with this scheme is similarly problematic.
The Jets’ previous “franchise quarterback” Sam Darnold played behind an offensive line that consistently ranked towards the bottom of the league, never allowing him to fully develop.
Even in Carolina, Darnold continues to struggle, playing behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league. The Jets cannot make that mistake again.