Going from Joe Burrow to Zach Wilson certainly feels like a demotion, but Uzomah is looking at the glass half full. A few top-tier quarterbacks got their NFL careers off to rocky starts including Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen and Cincinnati Bengals' Joe Burrow (albeit Burrow's setback was injury-related), and Wilson could be next.
Uzomah is confident Wilson can take the next step in his career in 2022 and praised his "helluva arm."
Arm strength was never the issue for Wilson. Rather, the 2021 No. 2 overall pick needs to work on keeping the ball safe and improving his accuracy and consistency.
NY Jets tight end C.J. Uzomah is pumped to play with Zach Wilson in 2022
Wilson threw nine touchdowns against 11 interceptions last season and will look to start Year 2 in the league with a much cleaner record.
The young quarterback should benefit from a beefed-up offensive line as well as talented receivers like Elijah Moore and Garrett Wilson. If the offense yet again struggles this season, many fingers will point at Wilson and he could suffer the same fate as current Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold.
As for Uzomah, the veteran tight end could develop into a surprisingly reliable target for Wilson as Uzomah recorded a career-high 49 catches for 493 yards and five touchdowns in his seventh year in Cincinnati last season.
Just like Wilson, Uzomah's best football could be ahead of him, and the two form an exciting quarterback-tight end duo this season. Uzomah represents a huge upgrade from the team's middling 2021 tight end corps and will likely share reps with Tyler Conklin this season.
No one wants Wilson to succeed more than Uzomah does. Well, that's not completely true — the entire Jets franchise and fanbase would also like to see Wilson thrive this year.
But you can count Uzomah as one of Wilson's most diehard fans in 2022.