5 reasons why NY Jets QB Zach Wilson must succeed in 2022

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3. The NY Jets' weapons are the best they've been in five years

I'm very optimistic about the influx of fresh talent Joe Douglas has brought in for Zach Wilson to utilize.

The Jets carried over a few nice pieces from last year's crew into 2022 such as Elijah Moore, Braxton Berrios, and Corey Davis, but they also shored up the tight end position and hooked Wilson up with an elite route-runner in Garrett Wilson out of Ohio State through the draft.

The former Buckeye, despite his smaller stature, appeared to me to be the best receiver in this year's class at getting himself open and creating separation from defenders.

Perhaps Treylon Burks was more what the Jets needed. Perhaps Jameson Williams is going to wind up being the best receiver in this entire class. But Wilson was a great pick, regardless.

Corey Davis creates matchup problems for smaller, less physical corners. Braxton Berrios can do a bit of everything, most notably in the return game.

And 2021 didn't even scratch the surface of what Elijah Moore can do. He can work in the slot. He can get down the field on a deep route. Assuming everybody improves this year, I'd expect Moore to have himself a very nice season.

I can't remember the last competent tight ends the Jets had, but now they have two of them in C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin. Both were solid number ones for the Bengals and Vikings last year. Now, Wilson has two B+ safety blankets to hit on the shorter routes.

Gone are the days of Chris Herndon, Daniel Brown, Tyler Kroft, Ryan Griffin, Eric Tomlinson, and Jordan Leggett.

Gone are the days of Jermaine Kearse, Rishard Matthews, Chris Hogan, Charone Peake, Josh Bellamy, Breshad Perriman, and an out-of-his-prime Demaryius Thomas.

I think the Jets have themselves a pretty strong group of pass-catchers — the strongest they've had in years.