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NY Jets: Zach Wilson in the 'best position to succeed' in 2021

May 19, 2021, 12:48 PM EDT
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The NY Jets went into the 2021 offseason looking to avoid the mistakes that previous regimes had made. And in doing so, they managed to build around new quarterback Zach Wilson.

More than they ever built around his predecessor, Sam Darnold.

As such, Wilson is already in a much better position to succeed early in his career. In fact, NFL.com's Gil Brandt recently released a list of nine rookies that are in the best position to succeed in 2021.

And Wilson came in at No. 3 on said list.

The NY Jets set Zach Wilson up for success in 2021

Brandt highlighted the additions of Alijah Vera-Tucker, Elijah Moore, and Michael Carter in the 2021 NFL Draft while also citing the Corey Davis signing as ways the Jets set Wilson up for success.

And it's hard to argue with that notion.

Even Brandt insists that Wilson and the Jets might not rack up a ton of wins this season, but wins are never the true benchmark of an individual player's performance.

Wilson has a proper supporting cast around him, and one that should continue to grow as he does. Just look at the young core the Jets have built around Wilson on offense.

The likes of Mekhi Becton, Denzel Mims, Vera-Tucker, Moore, and Carter are all 23-years-old or younger. You have Corey Davis who's 26-years-old and signed for three years. And then Wilson himself is only 21.

Do the Jets have the most talented offense in the NFL? Far from it. But the pieces are there for Wilson to find success in 2021. And more importantly, the pieces are there for Wilson and the offense to develop together.

You also have to consider that Wilson will be placed in a more stable coaching staff than his predecessor was. While the jury is still out on Robert Saleh, Mike LaFleur, and company, it's safe to say they should be an upgrade over the previous coaching staff.

Zach Wilson might not be an MVP in 2021. No one should expect him to play as well as Justin Herbert did a year ago. But Wilson is set up for success in 2021.

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And for that reason, Jets fans should remain (cautiously) optimistic about his future.

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