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NY Jets Quarterback Power Rankings: Where does Zach Wilson fall?

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16. Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Jalen Hurts is a strong dual-threat quarterback who deserves a starting spot in Philadelphia for years to come.

17. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

Still a capable passing and rushing threat, Russell Wilson would have ranked much higher before this season.

18. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence, once a "can't miss" prospect, has had a disastrous rookie season. However, abysmal coaching and poor weapons earn him the benefit of the doubt.

19. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan feels far removed from his MVP days. However, a change in scenery would likely lead to a Matthew Stafford-like resurgence.

20. Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets

How's this for a surprise? While Zach Wilson has experienced better coaching than the aforementioned Trevor Lawrence, he has navigated a similar lack of talent.

Yet, somehow, he has led his team to twice as many wins (4) as Jacksonville (2). Wilson has fallen from the "Aaron Rodgers-like" comparisons during the draft process, but he has earned a longer leash than many frustrated Jets fans are affording him.

In past eras of the NFL, rookie QBs were allowed several years to grow and develop. However, the emergence of quick starters like Kyler Murray, Joe Burrow, and Justin Herbert have drastically changed expectations.

Add in a lower rookie wage scale and teams are more comfortable than ever to move on from young signal-caller. New York seems to have hit on two recent skill position players in Elijah Moore and Michael Carter.

Throw in two top picks and a fair amount of cap space and the Jets are well on their way to building a competent offense that will allow them to truly judge the former BYU star.

Perhaps Wilson simply needs more time to adjust to the NFL game. Have hope Jets fans! Tua Tagovailoa is providing a clear path and goal for Wilson next season.

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