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NY Jets: FanSided doesn't give Zach Wilson much respect ahead of Week 1

Leigh Oleszczak
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NY Jets fans are looking forward to seeing Zach Wilson in action for the first time in the regular season when the team heads to Carolina for a date with the Panthers.

While Jets fans are excited and (for the most part) optimistic about Wilson and what he can do for this team, outsiders don't necessarily feel the same.

This isn't shocking either, as Wilson is a rookie and — if we're being totally honest — was relatively unknown this time last year. It took an incredible season at BYU to propel him into the No. 2 pick.

Matt Verderame of FanSided released his quarterback rankings ahead of Thursday night's season-opening kickoff between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys and had Wilson ranked 29th.

"The man replacing Darnold steps into a tough spot. Wilson was great last year with BYU, but has nobody to lean on should times get tough. The offensive coordinator is 34 years old, Robert Saleh is a defensive-minded head coach, and nobody on the roster has thrown an NFL pass."

Matt Verderame, FanSided

Verderame isn't wrong with his assessment and it shouldn't be a shock to see the Jets rookie signal-caller ranked this low. He hasn't proven anything yet at the professional level and he plays for a team that has been perpetually bad for quite some time now.

NY Jets QB Zach Wilson not getting any love from FanSided

If it makes Jets fans feel better, Sam Darnold was ranked one spot behind Wilson on the list, though that hardly feels like a consolation prize.

Out of the three rookie quarterbacks slated to start for their squads this year, Wilson was the worst-ranked. Mac Jones of the Patriots came in at No. 23 while Trevor Lawrence of the Jaguars was ranked 22nd.

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These rankings are just for fun but it'd be nice to see Zach Wilson work his way up the rankings and prove people wrong as the season goes on. Jets fans deserve a franchise quarterback and they're hoping Wilson can be the guy!

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