The NY Jets are hoping to see young quarterback Zach Wilson take a sizable step forward in his second NFL season. Wilson has clearly put in the work this offseason, bulking up and getting himself in excellent shape.
Now it's all about seeing his off-field efforts translate into on-field success. Wilson has been up-and-down throughout OTAs to this point pairing good days with less-than-stellar days.
He experienced the latter on Thursday as the 22-year-old signal-caller struggled with both accuracy and decision-making for much of the afternoon. This comes one day after a pretty promising performance in the previous practice.
Of course, it's important to remember that it's only June. It isn't wise to put too much stock into a player's performance at OTAs, whether positive or negative. Remember to keep perspective.
Zach Wilson's lackluster performance isn't a concern for the NY Jets
Wilson tossed an interception right into the waiting arms of cornerback Michael Carter II early on in the 7-on-7 drill and was nearly intercepted a few players later after cornerback Rachad Wildgoose deflected a pass intended for Corey Davis.
There were some good moments such as his touchdown to tight end Tyler Conklin in red-zone 7-on-7s, but for the most part, Wilson looked indecisive and inaccurate.
Once again, however, this isn't exactly a cause for concern. Wilson looked a lot more comfortable in the offense on Wednesday and was noticeably sharp with both his decision-making and ball placement.
This is all a part of the maturing process for a young quarterback. Now, a string of performances like this one might be more of a reason to raise some eyebrows. But a good outing followed by a bad one isn't exactly noteworthy.
The Jets need Wilson to show significant signs of improvement in year two following a disappointing rookie season a year ago. The 2021 second overall pick finished with nine touchdowns (13 total touchdowns) and 11 interceptions in 13 starts while completing just 55 percent of his passes.
Injuries and a lackluster supporting cast undoubtedly contributed to his struggles, but with a much-improved offense around him, there should be no excuses this season.
The Jets need to see an improved Zach Wilson in 2022. Let's not jump to conclusions over an uninspiring mid-June practice, however.