It is no secret that Zach Wilson didn't get off to the hottest start. However, it is not time for the NY Jets, or the fans, to give up on Zach Wilson just yet. Wilson got hurt in the sixth game of the season against the New England Patriots and is making his return this week against the Houston Texans.
Wilson didn't get off to the best start this season. However, to say he has anything but a bright future ahead of him, would be crazy. Wilson has shown signs of being a great QB, but he just has to work out some kinks before that time happens.
Zach Wilson - BYU Standout
In 2018, then-freshman, Zach Wilson made seven starts and played in nine overall games for the BYU Cougars. During this time, Wilson completed 120 passes in 182 attempts. He tallied up 1,578 yards with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.
He was named the MVP of the 2018 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl based on his performance. In this game, he completed all 18 passes and racked up 317 yards and four touchdowns.
In 2019, Wilson was a sophomore at BYU. He started in nine games and completed 199 of 319 passes for 2,382 yards. He also picked up 11 touchdowns with nine interceptions that season.
Unfortunately, BYU lost in the 2019 Hawaii Bowl but Wilson was named team MVP even though they lost, given how well he played. This could be considered arguably Wilson's worst college season, and he still played really well.
In 2020, Wilson once again was at the helm of the Cougars' offense. This could be considered his best season in college football. He started in 12 games, and he completed 247 passes out of 336 attempts. He racked up 3,692 yards and threw for 33 touchdowns while only throwing three interceptions.
Another interesting note about this season, Wilson rushed for 255 yards and 10 touchdowns. This season he also broke Steve Young's completion percentage record as well, with 73.5%.
In that same year, Wilson was named the MVP of the Boca Raton Bowl. Wilson threw for 425 yards and three touchdowns and completed 26 of 34 passes.
He was also a recipient of the 2020 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year award, alongside USC safety, Talanoa Hufanga. Wilson would go on to register for the 2021 NFL Draft and be selected second overall by our NY Jets.
Zach Wilson - The NY Jets Quarterback
As touched upon earlier in the article, Wilson isn't off to the best start. In his first six games played, Wilson has 104 completions in 181 attempts. He has also thrown for 1,168 yards with four touchdowns and nine interceptions. It is worth noting, that these numbers still aren't bad for a rookie quarterback.
Wilson is anything but a bad quarterback. The whole team right now is struggling and is in a weird time. The Jets are pretty much starting from scratch this season. Firing Adam Gase at the end of last season, the Jets got a brand new head coach in Robert Saleh.
Saleh could still be considered a good coach for the Jets when all is said and done, although he's off to a rough start. When Wilson got injured in Week 7 against the Patriots, Saleh decided to have him learn from the bench for a little while. He even brought in Joe Flacco to help teach Wilson and give him some advice from a veteran of the league.
Learning under Flacco, who is no pushover, Wilson will continue to only get better from here on out. His numbers this season don't tell the whole story.
Everything from the offensive line being downright bad at times, to the team becoming adjusted to the new coach — these are just growing pains.
Wilson has a bright future with the Jets. It's very easy to point out all the negatives with the team. Sometimes, I find myself doing that here and there. However, there are also a lot of positives that can be found as well.
The Jets won't become a Super Bowl contender overnight. However, this group they have now could be the closest thing they will have to it for the first time in a long time.