A little over a year ago, the NY Jets identified and handpicked former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson to be their quarterback of the future. The organization selected Wilson over a number of highly-touted QB prospects because of their belief in him as both an athlete and a person.
But when they drafted Wilson, the Jets also realized that they needed to avoid repeating history. Just three years earlier, the Jets believed they had found their long-term solution at the quarterback position in Sam Darnold.
Unfortunately, years of poor roster building stunted Darnold's development and never allowed him to grow into the player they hoped he could be. The Jets promised Wilson that they wouldn't make the same mistake with him.
"This organization is going to lift you, not the other way around." That was the promise made by general manager Joe Douglas moments after the Jets drafted Wilson.
One year later, and it seems as though they're fulfilling that promise.
The NY Jets have surrounded Zach Wilson with ample talent
The Jets' roster rebuild was never going to be a quick-fix scenario. The roster Douglas inherited from former GM Mike Maccagnan had plenty of holes and few solutions. The rebuild was delayed even further following a less-than-stellar first offseason for the former Eagles executive.
But after three offseasons with the organization, Douglas has finally assembled a roster that looks primed to compete in a suddenly stacked AFC. That is, of course, if Wilson holds up his end of the bargain.
The Jets have surrounded Wilson with a more-than-competent supporting cast. He has two talented young running backs and an offensive line that should be top-15 in the NFL at a bare minimum, provided everyone stays healthy.
He also has a four-deep wide receiver room and a tight end group with two proven starters and a promising young rookie. This is the best and deepest offense the Jets have put together since their 10-6 season in 2015 — and it isn't particularly close.
Compare what the Jets have done for Wilson with what other organizations have done for their young quarterbacks. Of the six second-year quarterbacks projected to start, you could argue Wilson has the best supporting cast. At worst, he's at least in the conversation.
The Jets have finally done right by their quarterback. They've avoided the same mistakes they made with Darnold, eliminating any and all variables in the process. They've made good on their promise.
If Zach Wilson fails, it will be on Zach Wilson. The Jets have done their part. Now, it's on Wilson to prove why he was the No. 2 pick in his draft.