NY Jets New Year's Resolution No. 1: Make it impossible for Zach Wilson to fail
Quite frankly, this could be resolution No. 1 through 5. There's nothing more important on the agenda for Joe Douglas, the front office, the scouting department, and the Jets coaching staff than giving Zach Wilson the optimum setting for success. Their future and the Jets franchise's future hinges on the development and growth of Wilson.
Taking top priority in 2022 will be getting Wilson as much help as possible on the field. That includes continuing to fortify the offensive line in front of him and surrounding him with as many quality weapons to throw to and lean on as possible.
Carter, Moore, and Vera-Tucker are good starting points, but the Jets still need more difference-making players on offense.
The laundry list is extensive for the Jets' needs. On offense, you could argue for another deep threat at receiver, a power back to complement Carter in the backfield, and one or maybe two more big physical threats in the passing game.
It's easier said than done, but the Jets need to find Wilson two more star receivers in the passing game, preferably one at wide receiver and the other at tight end.
Whether it comes through free agency, the trade market, or most likely through the draft, the Jets need more playmakers on offense. In a perfect world, A George Kittle type would make his way to Florham Park in 2022.
The Jets and Wilson desperately need a difference-making player at the tight-end position, someone who Wilson can have as a security blanket for years to come, like Patrick Mahomes has Travis Kelce or Lamar Jackson with Mark Andrews.
As fun as it was to see Wilson connect with offensive linemen Conor McDermott in a goal-to-go situation against Jacksonville, Wilson needs a legit weapon in the red zone to target on a weekly basis.
Make no mistake; the jury is still out on Zach Wilson. However, the elite physical tools are evident in his mobility and arm strength. And character-wise, Wilson has done a fabulous job dealing with adversity in his rookie campaign.
It hasn't been easy for Wilson, but the Jets' job in this upcoming offseason is to try and make Wilson's transition into year two as simple as possible. So if that means drafting two skill-position players with their top four picks in the 2022 draft, so be it.
Joe Burrow has changed the Cincinnati Bengals' fortunes and looks like the new age version of 'Joe Cool,' but it doesn't hurt him having Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and C.J. Uzomah to throw to.
If you surround Wilson with as much elite talent as possible, you do so intending to make it impossible for him to fail. And if he eventually still doesn't live up to his lofty draft status, then the next Jets quarterback will be in line to inherit the riches of having a strong supporting cast.
"Lift you up, not the other way around." Robert Saleh's words to Wilson when the Jets drafted him. It's time to continue living up to that promise.