New York Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson found a bit of rhythm down the stretch and showed some positives against the Bucs.
The New York Jets have had their struggles under a new head coach and offensive coordinator, and adding a rookie quarterback into the mix has lead to some growing pains. They’ve put together some better performances down the stretch, one of which was against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past Sunday. It was also one of the best games Zach Wilson has played so far this season.
Wilson has struggled with turnovers, accuracy issues, and footwork this season, but has had his highlights. He played extremely well in the Jets win over Tennessee and in the opener, but has had some games to forget.
Still, with an offensive line missing its best player, Mekhi Becton, and a receiving group that has been without its best options for a few weeks, it hasn’t been the easiest of situations for Wilson this season. His play, though, has improved in recent weeks.
Moving back to the Bucs game, Zach Wilson did some things that those who studied him pre-draft didn’t see a lot of in college. Wilson’s footwork looked a lot better and in rhythm with three and five-step drops, and there were a few plays where Wilson worked through a full progression. He got his feet pointed to the target on intermediate throws and throws outside the numbers, while showing off the arm strength and impressive accuracy.
Attacking the middle of the field with confidence wasn’t something Wilson did much at BYU, but it’s great to see his comfort growing there with the New York Jets and in Mike LaFleur’s offense. Wilson has had the arm talent, but working within structure well and processing the field quickly is something that’s exciting to see. It will be fun to see how he finishes out the season and what the Jets can do to make him more comfortable and confident heading into 2022.