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NY Jets 2021 Training Camp State of the Roster: Quarterback

NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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How did the NY Jets quarterbacks perform in 2020?

Because none of these guys have any NFL film between them, the only tape from 2020 to grade them on is Wilson's very impressive BYU season.

Wilson posted a whopping 3,692 yards on just 336 attempts (11.0 yards per attempt) along with 33 touchdowns and a 73.5 completion percentage.

He also displayed solid rushing ability, adding 10 rushing touchdowns and 254 rushing yards in a league where sacks count against a quarterback's rushing stats.

By the film, Wilson has a cannon for an arm and showcased it at his pro day with one of the most impressive throws you'll see.

Moreover, Wilson demonstrated an elite ability to sense pressure and escape the pocket. Grouped with his tremendous throw-on-the-run ability and arm strength, Wilson has the potential to be a lethal passer in the NFL.

Still, in terms of grading them relative to the rest of the passers around the league, I'd give the group a mere 6.0 out of 10.

With the complete lack of NFL experience between them, a 6.0 seems fair, and the grade would be even lower if not for Wilson's sky-high potential.

To me, sending out a rookie to play with a completely unproven offense on day one is at best negligent.

And benching Wilson so that one of Morgan or White could lead the offense would likely prove just as disastrous as the Luke Falk era back in 2019.

As a reminder, Falk, who was equally as green as White and Morgan are now, played three games for the Jets, during which Gang Green was outscored 23 to 84.

In terms of potential improvements before the season starts, the Jets could look to bring in a veteran to mentor Wilson and keep the rookie from being thrown to the wolves immediately.

Little is left in free agency, but the Jets could look to trade for Bears' QB Nick Foles and send back a late-rounder.

While Foles may not have much left in the tank at this point, a trade could be worth it to protect Wilson while still sending out a competent offense.

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