The Zach Wilson experiment has been nothing short of a disaster over the last two seasons. After being picked second overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, Wilson has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the league throughout his time starting.
He's been able to make the "wow" plays but has been inconsistent at best with the easy stuff, even missing on screens at times. At multiple points in his two-year career, he's been thoroughly outplayed by 2018 fifth-round pick Mike White.
With White injured these past two games, Wilson received the start with a chance to prove that he had the ability to still be the Jets' answer at the quarterback position for the future.
Through those two games, all he did was reinforce why White was starting in the first place, going 27-of-53 for 409 yards with two bad interceptions.
On Thursday Night Football, the Jets' only primetime game this season and a game with major playoff implications against Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars, Wilson was benched for third-string quarterback and gadget guy Chris Streveler — someone who can barely throw a football.
After this, many believed with little doubt that Zach Wilson would be gone by the end of the year. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports later reported that the Jets were expected to move off of Wilson after this season.
Why Zach Wilson might still be with the NY Jets in 2023
With all of that being said, Wilson will most likely still be on the Jets' roster come next season, albeit probably not as the starter.
The reason for this is that there probably isn't a team that would give up draft picks for a quarterback who has played as poorly as Wilson has this season, especially with much better possible quarterbacks on the market this offseason.
I also don't expect the Jets to cut Wilson either. He can provide value as a backup in case the starter next year, whether that be White or someone acquired in the offseason, goes down during the season. Not to mention the financial implications of doing such a thing.
Whatever the outcome may be, I still expect Wilson to be somewhere on the Jets' roster in 2023. However, for the sake of Jets fans' sanity, let's hope he won't have to be the starter again.