NY Jets legend wants to draft a QB to compete with Zach Wilson

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NY Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has a lot of people to win over in Year 2, including one former Jets pass-rushing star.

John Abraham spent the first six years of his NFL career in New York where he earned three Pro Bowls and one All-Pro nod.

Even though Abraham has been retired for nearly a decade now, he's widely considered the last great edge rusher the Jets had on their team and is ranked third on the team’s all-time sack list with 53.5 sacks.

Current defensive ends Carl Lawson, John Franklin-Myers, and others will be lucky to match Abraham's production levels back in the early 2000s.

Abraham recently appeared on the podcast, "Upon Further Review," and gave his two cents on current quarterback Zach Wilson.

"I’m so stupid, I would draft another quarterback. I would. I would literally draft another quarterback. I don’t got nothing bad to say about Zach, but I’m just like, I don’t know if he’s the guy."

John Abraham

Former NY Jets star John Abraham expresses doubt over Zach Wilson's future

The former Jets star also noted the amount of pressure Zach Wilson will face in the 2022 season, as Wilson will be carrying the ultra-heavy burden of being an unproven potential franchise quarterback.

Abraham isn't outright calling for the Jets to replace Wilson this year, but he's not giving a full vote of confidence to Wilson, either. His attitude toward Wilson and his future may be best described as wishy-washy.

Others have already criticized Wilson's quarterback play, notably Joe Namath who had issues with Wilson's size. Yet Abraham truly has "nothing bad" to say about the 2021 No. 2 pick — he just expressed uncertainty over Wilson's ability to compete at an elite level for the many years ahead.

And it's not a bad idea to have a backup plan, right?

Wilson should benefit from a heavily improved offensive line and more reliable pass-catchers in 2022, but it goes without saying that he must improve from his Year 1 performance.

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As with most young quarterbacks adapting to the league, the Jets franchise may need to be patient and wait for Zach Wilson to achieve his full potential. That doesn't mean the clock isn't ticking.