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The 2nd worst football franchise in the NFL last season was the New York Jets, which gave them the dubious honor of selecting second in the 2021 NFL Draft, the team taking BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, ushering in a new era of leadership in the Meadowlands.
Team owners Woody and Christopher Johnson were forced to move on from former first-rounder Sam Darnold due to his erratic play and are now hoping that with a new head coach, Robert Saleh, and new hurler Wilson, things can begin turning around for New York football.
The question becomes how effective a rookie QB can be under center, especially given the fact that his new team is in the middle of a rebuild, so here we take a look at the predictions, odds, and picks of Zach Wilson’s possible passing yards during the 2021 regular season.
Odds taken 12 May, 2021 from DraftKings Sportsbook
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|Wilson aside, when it comes to these Jets, it might be best to assume the worst until as a team they can prove otherwise, so take the under here.|
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As a senior at Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah, Zach Wilson passed for almost 3,000 yards and connected for 24 touchdowns while also carrying the ball for 752 yards and 8 more touchdowns, so he was more than ready to start for BYU in his freshman season.
During his first year under center at Brigham Young, Wilson did not disappoint, completing almost 66 percent of his passes for almost 1,600 yards and 12 touchdowns with just 3 interceptions, all while rushing for 221 yards and 2 more touchdowns.
During his next two seasons as the BYU starting quarterback, Wilson’s numbers only got better, culminating with 33 passing touchdowns his final season plus 10 rushing scores to his name, the type of product that gets the attention of professional scouts right away.
There is a reason the Jets front office used their precious second pick overall on a quarterback – their total offense was ranked 32nd last season and their passing attack was second last behind the notoriously low-throwing Baltimore Ravens.
Wilson’s predecessor, Sam Darnold, cannot be blamed totally for this lack of offensive production in New York, especially given how pressured he was in his three seasons under center, having been sacked 88 times during that period, with 35 of those coming in 2020.
What Wilson offers more so than Darnold is speed and mobility, his 212 carries at BYU for 642 yards and 15 touchdowns the proof, and the team’s 14th pick overall, USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, plus some free agent OL depth, Dan Feeney, should give Wilson a little more time after the snap.
According to BYU’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Aaron Roderick, Wilson will have no trouble handling the hype and pressure that come with being the starting quarterback in New York.
When asked whether a rookie can handle the spotlight that he will be under from day one, Roderick told the press, “The reason I believe most in [Wilson] is what he’s made of. The guy’s a really fierce competitor. He’s unfazed by anything.”
Wilson will need that type of confidence and undistracted focus in his new role, especially given the history of the Jets franchise that has selected him, a team that has not played in a Big Game since 1968, back when “Broadway” Joe Namath the MVP led them to a victory over the Colts, 16-7, in Super Bowl III.
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