NY Jets: 3 players to blame for Week 2 loss to the Patriots

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NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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1. Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets

Oh Zach.

It was less than ideal for the rookie quarterback, who unceremoniously tossed four interceptions against a gritty Patriots defense. Three of them came in the first half as well, two on his first two passing attempts.

All in all, it was a less-than-forgettable day for the second overall pick.

Worse than his performance were the hot takes being made about a rookie playing in his second career game against a coach who is known for dismantling rookie quarterbacks.

The media dogpiling on Wilson's rookie errors only seemed to make game day even more miserable, but Wilson himself commented on the crowd's reaction to his poor decision-making on the day.

Zach Wilson seemed to brush off the less-than-ideal performance on the day in postgame interviews, smiling and even laughing at some of the comments being made about his turnovers.

It's a bit refreshing to see him own up to his mistakes and not let them get him down. The last thing Wilson needs now is to lose confidence after two career games.

Two of Wilson's interceptions came on rookie mistakes. One went through the hands of Corey Davis. One looked like he was essentially punting the ball downfield on what was likely the worst of the four on the day.

It's an absolute shame that Wilson had to have what could be (hopefully will be) the worst game of his rookie season when most of the team played exceptionally well.

The offensive line, even without Mekhi Becton, opened up running lanes exceptionally well. They paved the way for 152 rushing yards with rookie Michael Carter leading the way with 52.

Wilson was kept upright for most of the game, though eventually started to get hit as the game came to a close.

As for the flip side, the defense played incredibly well. Three sacks on Mac Jones helped the score from looking even uglier, and C.J. Mosley looked like the man the Jets broke the bank for.

All around, the Jets could have easily made this a game. It's just unfortunate how Wilson chose then to show he was still a rookie.

The team will grow from this, and the hope is that they become better. New York faces another stout defense in the Denver Broncos in week three, and Wilson will need to have a short-term memory in order to come out on top.

As for Wilson, don't be so eager to boo him out of New York. It isn't an ideal start to his career by any means, but he isn't the first quarterback to look shaky in his first few games. In fact, he joined some elite company with his 2-5 TD-INT ratio.

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