When future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers succumbed to a torn Achilles on their first offensive series of the season, the New York Jets were forced to turn over their offense once again to Zach Wilson.
Wilson was a big disappointment in his first two NFL seasons, and his third has been no different so far, as he has completed just 52.4 percent of his pass attempts while throwing four interceptions and only two touchdown passes and posting an embarrassing passer rating of 57.0.
After he completed only half of his pass attempts and had no touchdown passes in the Jets’ 15-10 Week 3 loss to the New England Patriots, Wilson was blasted by team legend Joe Namath. Running back Breece Hall seemed to join in the anti-Wilson chorus when he liked a tweet asking what had happened to the signal-caller.
So far in the pros, Wilson has not resembled the version of himself that was on display during his final season at Brigham Young University, when he put up 3,692 passing yards and 33 passing touchdowns while completing 73.5 percent of his passes.
In each of his three NFL seasons so far, he has had more interceptions than touchdown passes, and his passer rating has never been higher than 72.8, which is what he came in at last year.
While the Jets currently hold a 1-2 record, there is a modest hope that they could scratch and claw their way to a wild-card playoff spot. Although it hasn’t really happened yet on a consistent basis, they do have the ability to be a strong defensive team, as they were in 2022 when they finished fourth in both points and total yards allowed.
But for New York to participate in the postseason, Zach Wilson will have to play at least somewhat better, as the Patriots, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, the other three AFC West teams, won’t be letting up anytime soon. The Jets will also need big performances from Breece Hall.