Zach Wilson's Broncos stint is already off to a very ugly start

It's not looking good for Zach Wilson in Denver
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Former NY Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is hoping for a fresh start with his new team, the Denver Broncos, this year, where he is expected to be a part of a three-way competition for the team's starting quarterback job.

Wilson is competing with rookie Bo Nix and journeyman Jarrett Stidham to be the Broncos' Week 1 starter in what many believes to be the weakest quarterback room in football. Unfortunately, Wilson's first impressions in Denver haven't been promising.

The former No. 2 overall pick received an opportunity to work with the first-team offense during Tuesday's open-media OTA session, and his performance was lackluster, to say the least.

Wilson reportedly looked "rattled" during 11-on-11 drills, per Ryan McFadden of the Denver Post. The BYU product overthrew wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. on a deep pass and misfired on a short toss to running back Javonte Williams, but those weren't even the lowlights of the day for Wilson.

Former NY Jets QB Zach Wilson is predictably struggling with the Broncos

Wilson's worst moment of the day came when he was unable to identify a corner blitz from Ja’Quan McMillian, resulting in the fourth-year quarterback just throwing a ball up for grabs to be intercepted by safety P.J. Locke.

Thus ended the worst quarterback performance of the spring so far for a Broncos' QB room that hasn't exactly lit the world on the fire at OTAs. But while Nix and Stidham have had their own miscues, Wilson has struggled the most.

Broncos insider Benjamin Allbright reported that Wilson is already a "distant third" in Denver's quarterback competition based on what has transpired during the OTA practices open to the media.

Despite landing in an ideal situation where he can learn under a supposed quarterback guru in Sean Payton and even shockingly compete for a starting job, Wilson has struggled mightily with the same issues that plagued him in New York.

Of course, it is still early, and there will be time for Wilson to turn things around with his new team. It's important not to put too much stock into spring practices. That said, these aren't the report fans of the former BYU star are hoping for.

Wilson notably struggled when under pressure with the Jets, oftentimes failing to identify opposing blitzes. That still seems to be an issue. Wilson also struggled with his accuracy, particularly when it came to the so-called "easy" completions. That also still seems to be an issue.

Jets fans can only roll their eyes with recollection when hearing reports about Wilson panicking under pressure and heaving a duck into an opposing defender's awaiting arms. They've heard that story before far too many times.

Wilson has a golden opportunity to salvage an NFL career that is quickly deteriorating. If he isn't able to stick around in Denver, there might not be many (or any) more opportunities awaiting him in the future.

Perhaps Zach Wilson will figure it out and put together an impressive summer with the Broncos, but as for right now, things aren't looking very good.