Say what you want about NY Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, but he finds ways to win. Sometimes those wins come in spite of his own performance, but Wilson has proven over the course of his career that he can win in late-game situations.
Despite his obvious struggles over the last three seasons, Wilson actually leads all quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft class in one pretty important statistic.
No, he's not a bonafide franchise quarterback like Trevor Lawrence. He's not even really a capable starter like Mac Jones. He hasn't flashed as much as Justin Fields, either.
What Wilson does have going for him, however, is fourth-quarter performance. Following the Jets' miraculous Week 8 win over the New York Giants, Wilson now boasts five fourth-quarter comeback wins in his career — the most of any QB in his draft class.
In fact, the Jets are somehow 9-7 in Wilson's last 16 games as a starting quarterback (including the Bills game from Week 1, which he basically started). Of course, there's a lot of context to consider with these stats, but they're still facts.
NY Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is the undisputed Comeback King
Three of Wilson's five career fourth-quarter comebacks have come this season. Wilson has helped execute fourth-quarter comeback wins in Week 1 against the Bills, Week 6 against the Eagles, and this past week against the Giants.
What he managed to do this past Sunday was perhaps the most impressive of them all. Wilson became the first quarterback since 2000 to win a game with multiple 25+ yard completions within the final 30 seconds of the fourth quarter, per CBS Sports.
The former BYU star now leads the NFL with three fourth-quarter comebacks this season. No other QB has more than two in 2023.
Yes, this is partially a product of his own early-game struggles. It's also largely due to the fact that the Jets' defense has kept the team competitive in games they had no business winning. It's not as if Wilson, and Wilson alone, is the reason for these comebacks.
Still, Wilson seems to shine in these late-game situations. He's at his best when he's not thinking and when he's simply playing backyard football. That's why he tends to do so well in two-minute drills. Wilson plays best when he's in a rhythm.
No one is here to argue that Zach Wilson is better than Trevor Lawrence, or even Mac Jones and Justin Fields, for that matter.
But when the game is on the line in the fourth quarter, Wilson has shown that he can step up and help the Jets win games, even if his performance prior to that point was subpar.
That's an invaluable trait to possess, and it's certainly a big reason why the Jets are 4-3 entering Week 9. Give Zach Wilson his flowers.