Zach Wilson sets another NY Jets rookie record in Week 17

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The NY Jets were treated to what was likely the finest performance of Zach Wilson's NFL career on Sunday. Even in defeat, Wilson shined and nearly led his injury-riddled team to a monumental upset over one of the Super Bowl favorites.

Wilson finished 19-of-33 for 234 yards and a touchdown, but the box score doesn't come close to capturing how well the rookie QB played on Sunday. He was efficient, made numerous tight-window throws, and legitimately elevated a very poor supporting cast.

And in the process, Wilson managed to set another Jets rookie quarterback record. Since returning from injury, Wilson has done an excellent job of avoiding turnovers.

Michael Nania of Jets X Factor pointed out earlier in the week that Wilson had already broken a franchise record set by Joe Namath in 1965 as he had gone eight consecutive games with one or fewer interceptions.

That streak was extended to nine in Week 17 when Wilson finished another game without a turnover. By doing so, he completed his fourth straight game without an interception setting a new Jets rookie record.

NY Jets QB Zach Wilson continues to improve down the stretch

It's impossible not to see the vast improvements that Wilson has made throughout the course of his rookie season. Easily the most notable improvement has been how well he's taken care of the ball.

Wilson tossed nine interceptions over his first five starts including a four-interception performance against the New England Patriots in Week 2. In his subsequent seven starts, he's thrown only two interceptions and none in his last four games.

That's the type of progress you want to see from your rookie quarterback. And the fact that this has come at a time when his supporting cast is as bad as it's been all year (and perhaps the worst in football) makes it all the more encouraging.

Wilson was without his top three wide receivers, top three tight ends, top two running backs, starting left tackle, and starting center for most if not all of Sunday's contest. He was also up against a powerhouse Buccaneers defense that boasts some of the most talented defenders in the NFL.

Despite all of this, Wilson played the best football of his brief NFL career.

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Zach Wilson is developing before our very eyes, and he's making a little history in the process.