Zach Wilson was not supposed to be the New York Jets’ starting quarterback this season. That title was supposed to belong to future Hall-of-Famer Aaron Rodgers, whom the Jets acquired in an offseason trade with the Green Bay Packers.
However, Rodgers ended up tearing his Achilles on the first offensive series of Week 1, pressing Wilson into unexpected action.
Wilson was able to lead New York to a surprising season-opening win over the Buffalo Bills, which had some wondering if the youngster was finally about to turn the corner after two brutal campaigns to start his NFL career.
Then, Wilson fell flat in a 30-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2, and this past Sunday, he went 18-for-36 for 157 yards and seven three-and-outs in a 15-10 defeat at the hands of the New England Patriots.
Things won’t get any easier for Wilson and the Jets this weekend, as they will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in what may very well be a must-win game for the 1-2 squad.
But it may not just be a must-win game for the Jets as a whole; it may be a must-win for Wilson in order for him to salvage his career, an NFL scout told the NFL Analysis Network.
“If Zach Wilson doesn’t show up against the Chiefs, we may never see him play another NFL snap. It’s that serious for him this week,” the scout said.
New York has been sticking with Wilson in spite of his struggles, mainly because it doesn’t have any better options internally. Some have suggested that the Jets should pursue a veteran quarterback between now and the Oct. 31 NFL trade deadline, but that is easier said than done.
Since being selected with the second overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, Wilson has gone just 8-16 as a starter and has thrown more interceptions (22) than touchdowns (17). He also lays claim to an ugly lifetime passer rating of 69.2.