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Tale Of The Tape: New York Jets QB Zach Wilson NFL Preseason Debut

Stat Line: 6-9, 63 yards, 86.8 QBR

Debut Grade: B-

Football Scout 365 2021 NFL Draft Ranking: 5th overall, #3 overall QB

Zach Wilson Debut a Success

The Jets finally witnessed their new QB, Zach Wilson, on Saturday night in real NFL action. Wilson, drafted number two overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, completed 6 of his 9 pass attempts for 63 yards in his NFL preseason debut. Wilson wowed the Jets faithful on a few throws, including one to Cory Davis on a comeback route that displayed his high-level arm talent. It was a small sample size, but Wilson didn't do anything to disprove his credibility as the 2nd overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Offense Needs To be Catered Around His Abilities

Like the other QB's in Wilson's draft class, he will benefit by having an offense catered to his strengths early. Less thinking about where to go with the football, more designed rollouts, and play action with single side reads will help him get into a rhythm early in his NFL career.

Wilson Has Undeniable Talent, But Jets Fans Must Be Patient

During the NFL draft evaluation process, I was conflicted about Wilson. I did not think the competition level he had faced at BYU adequately prepared him for the NFL, or at least as a day one level starter, but the Jets will roll him out in week one regardless. Now, I am in no way discounting his true talent level, but Wilson will need his coaches to be patient, and based on the Jets game plan on Saturday night; it appears they are willing to build around his skill set. I wouldn't expect an incredible rookie season if you are a Jets fan, so patience is the key, something Jets fans lack. Wilson has a lot of talent, his arm is live, he can make any throw, so if he can build on his pocket awareness, patience, and poise, he will excel in the NFL.


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