Zach Wilson shows signs of improvement in Hall of Fame Game

Zach Wilson is trending the right direction
NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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The NFL preseason officially kicked off on Thursday night with the Hall of Fame Game live from the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. On a night that the NY Jets honored former players Joe Klecko and Darrelle Revis, the newer talent was given the opportunity to showcase what they have to offer as well.

The Jets would come up just short against the Cleveland Browns in a nail-biter falling by a final score of 21-16. However, there were a lot of positives for the Jets that came out of this game.

From Israel Abanikanda impressing to some of the defensive backups shining, perhaps none were more significant than the glimpses of improvement we saw from Zach Wilson.

Zach Wilson showed signs of improvement for the NY Jets last night

Wilson is coming off a tumultuous 2022 season. He finished the year with 1,688 yards and just six touchdowns in nine games played. Wilson tallied seven interceptions on the year as well, adding to an absolutely abysmal season.

With a lot of uncertainty coming out of the 2022 season, the Jets were able to land Aaron Rodgers this offseason. In many ways, Rodgers is also here to help mentor Wilson along the way.

While Wilson was given a relatively small sample size in the first game of the preseason, he showed signs of improvement. Wilson finished 3-of-5 for 65 yards on the night.

The former BYU star only played the first quarter before the team went with Tim Boyle and then Chris Streveler. While Wilson wasn't perfect, he looked much better in one quarter than he did most of last season.

One prime example of this came late in the first quarter when Wilson threw an absolute dime to Malik Taylor for 57 yards. This was easily one of the best passes that we have seen Wilson throw in quite some time, and credit to Taylor too for coming up with it.

Wilson looked poised and confident in the pocket. He looked much more comfortable and composed — a stark contrast to how he came across much of last season.

Wilson led the Jets in passing and early outplayed the team's other quarterbacks. Streveler finished just 1-of-7 and tallied nine yards. Boyle completed three more passes than Wilson, finishing 6-of-11 for 61 yards.

While it's still the very beginning of preseason, Wilson looks to be significantly better than Boyle and Streveler. Could this be the beginning of Zach Wilson's road to redemption? Only time will tell.