The New York Jets have shown great improvement this season. They are currently 6-4 as they are navigating what has been a very tough schedule to the best of their ability. Things won’t get any easier the rest of the season and if they want to continue pushing for the playoffs, they are going to have to get better play from quarterback Zach Wilson.
Wilson has been rather underwhelming for the Jets, especially when you consider how much stock they put into him by selecting him as No. 2 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. The team is 5-2 when he starts, which is truly the only stat that matters, but the team would certainly like to see more from him.
There has been only one game in which Wilson has thrown for more touchdowns than interceptions. In three of those seven starts, Wilson has completed 50 percent or lower of his passes in three of them. He has five interceptions compared to only four touchdowns.
That kind of production just won’t cut it as it is putting immense pressure on the defense to play perfect games for the Jets to have any chance of winning. On Sunday, Wilson had quite possibly the worst start of his career.
New York lost their 14th consecutive game to the New England Patriots, 10-3. A punt return for a touchdown in the waning seconds of the game is what separated the teams. The Jets’ offense put forth a truly embarrassing performance as they gained 103 total yards in the game. In the second half, they failed to move the ball past their 35-yard line even once.
In the process, Wilson set a season-low for 3.50 yards per attempt in a game this season. It was the second consecutive game that the Patriots’ defense helped reset that low, as Wilson beat the previous low of Sam Ehlinger, who averaged 3.55 yards per attempt for the Indianapolis Colts against the Patriots in Week 9.
Underwhelming offensive performances of this degree have become too common for the Jets with Wilson under center. He is only in his second season in the NFL and should be afforded some more time to develop, but at what point do the Jets try something else?
If Zach Wilson continues struggling to this degree, New York could blow its chance at making the postseason. The Jets have a daunting schedule for the rest of the season and losses could start piling up quickly if Wilson does not start producing and taking some pressure off of Gang Green’s defense.