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Sport 5 Questions with Gang Green Nation: How has Zach Wilson’s rookie season gone so far?

07:41  25 december  2021
07:41  25 december  2021 Source:   sbnation.com

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Why hasn’t Wilson signed his contract yet? A report from Pro Football Talk indicates some of the major issues Filed under: The Questions About Zach Wilson ’ s Contract Negotiations. Over The Cap’ s rookie wage estimates show us that Wilson is going to receive a signing bonus of around million.

Zach Wilson ’ s NFL career is off to a rough start. The rookie has seven interceptions in his first three games as a pro. Just to get a sense of how to put this in context, I went to the Stathead If you expand the search further back, two more quarterbacks make the list. They are Bert Jones and Steve DeBerg. Jones went on to win the NFL MVP in 1976 while DeBerg started 140 games across 18 seasons . (DeBerg retired in 1993 then came out of retirement five years later at age 44.

The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12) head to East Rutherford, New Jersey to take on the New York Jets (3-11) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (CBS).

  5 Questions with Gang Green Nation: How has Zach Wilson’s rookie season gone so far? © Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images

Similarly to the Jaguars, the Jets have a rookie quarterback and have struggled to win games in 2021. To help us learn more about New York, we spoke to MacGregor Wells, deputy manager at Gang Green Nation — SB Nation’s website for all things Jets.

How has Zach Wilson’s rookie season gone so far? Do Jets fans like what they see from first-year head coach Robert Saleh? How have former Jaguars Keelan Cole and Quincy Williams performed for the Jets? MacGregor answers these questions and more.

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Wilson had to do no work. Instead he opted for a much more difficult throw down the field. There are a couple of reasons this was a less than optimal decision. The first again goes back to game situation. If you are going to throw this ball, it cannot be underthrown. It either has to be caught by your receiver or sail to the sideline. In this case it would have been sailing to the sideline because there was no window to hit this pass. Going back a bit, Wilson again doesn’t take what is schemed for him.

Wilson isn’t necessarily the perfect fit from an age perspective but I’d bet he still has at least a good three-to- five year run left in him. Having an elite quarterback makes a big difference and I think Wilson would have the Eagles back in championship contention. Kenneth Gainwell could be a guy to watch on offense. The rookie running back’ s role has decreased after originally starting the season as RB2. But with Miles Sanders playing through an ankle injury, Jordan Howard likely out, and Boston Scott missing two days of practice due to illness … perhaps the Eagles will look to him more often in this

1. Now that quarterback Zach Wilson is just a few games away from completing his rookie season, what are your thoughts on Wilson — what has he done well and what does he need to improve upon? Do you think he is the quarterback of the future for the Jets, or do you not see his career panning out in New York?

MacGregor: Zach Wilson has been one of the worst, if not the worst, starting quarterbacks in the NFL this year. He has struggled at nearly every aspect of quarterbacking. He is late getting the ball out. He doesn’t read defenses well. He doesn’t trust what he is seeing, resulting in a failure to throw with anticipation. He has been a turnover machine. His short-pass accuracy has been abysmal. His pocket awareness has been bad, and he too often bails out of the pocket when he is not pressured. His mechanics break down under pressure. His ball placement is poor; he often makes receivers contort to catch the ball and rarely hits guys in stride on the numbers. He often eschews the open easy play in favor of going for a big play when it isn’t open.

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Right now Zach Wilson is seeing multiple defensive looks each week for the first time in his life. He’ s inconsistent sitting in the pocket trying to read a defense. That’ s because every rookie is. Playing this early in a career is overwhelming for practically every quarterback this young. One of the biggest reasons Wilson went second overall was his ability to make plays. And some of this goes back to the quarterback himself. Hopefully one day he will be able to sit in the pocket and pick apart any defense he sees.

In short, Wilson has not been a starting level NFL quarterback to date. That’s the bad news. The good news for Jets fans is Wilson seems to be improving. He has recently done a much better job of getting the ball out on time. He has for the most part stopped trying to play hero ball and going for the big play when it isn’t there. He has done a better job of recognizing what the defense is doing and taking what is given to him. He has started to improve his accuracy and ball placement, though it is still a work in progress.

In short, we are starting to see signs of positive development. He still has a long way to go, and it is too early to be confident he will develop into the kind of quarterback the Jets thought they were getting when they drafted Wilson No. 2 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, but at least he seems to be heading in the right direction. That gives Jets fans hope, if not overwhelming confidence.

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There are things that could have gone better, but the routes that were open weren’t going to be a first down anyway. I also go back to some comments I made last week about situational football and knowing when to take chances. This is third down. When it comes to the line play, the glass half empty view would be that the Jets can’t pick up a simple stunt. The glass half full view is this might just be a chemistry thing. McGovern and Vera-Tucker are still learning how to play together. This was third third game after limited time in training camp and no preseason reps.

Gang Green Nation a New York Jets community. Teddy Bridgewater seems to have stabilized the position thus far . What are your feelings about Bridgewater? Lloyd Cushenberry’s been underwhelming so far in his NFL career, struggling to win consistently on the Attacking the defense is going to come down to Zach Wilson ’ s ability to read the field post-snap and take the easy completions.

2. Similarly, first-year head coach Robert Saleh is a few weeks away from completing his first season at the helm for the Jets. Are you sold on Saleh on his staff moving forward, are you still in “wait-and-see” mode, or do you think Saleh may not have been the right hire? Do you think the majority of Jets fans agree with you or disagree with you regarding Saleh?


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MacGregor: I think it’s too early to have much conviction regarding Saleh one way or the other. He’s a rookie head coach with 14 games under his belt. The results have not been pretty, and the defense, supposedly his specialty, has been atrocious. But the roster stinks and the injuries have been overwhelming. How much of the Jets struggles are due to lack of talent? How much due to poor coaching? How much due to a bad rookie quarterback? I just don’t know how to parse this with much conviction. Many things have come together to make this Jets team one of the worst in the NFL. I think we’ll have a better handle on this in a year or so, when Saleh has had a year to make adjustments and learn from his mistakes, as well as, hopefully, better talent to work with. I think a majority of Jets fans are of a similar mindset.

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Note: Saleh is currently away from the team after testing positive for COVID-19. His availability for Sunday’s game is unclear as of press time.

3. How have former Jaguars Keelan Cole (wide receievr) and Quincy Williams (linebacker) performed for the Jets?

MacGregor: Quincy Williams has been a pleasant surprise for a waiver wire pickup. He plays with a great deal of passion and energy and has quickly claimed a starting position at linebacker. I’m not convinced he’s a long term answer at the position; I think he often plays a bit out of control. But for a waiver wire pickup he’s been great, and at worst he’ll be a pretty good backup. At best he develops into a long term starter.

Keelan Cole has been a disappointment. The Jets gave him decent money and penciled him in as a starter on the outside, but he has been at best the fourth best wide receiver on the Jets. Worse, with starters Corey Davis and Elijah Moore on injured reserve, the Jets needed Cole to step up the last few weeks. Instead he has all but disappeared. Cole seems like he’s going to be one-and-done for the Jets, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he had some trouble finding a spot on an NFL roster next year.

4. Are there any under-the-radar players who could make an impact for New York on Sunday who Jaguars fans may not be familiar with?

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MacGregor: I’m not even sure who will be available! The Jets as of Wednesday morning had 13 players on the COVID-19 list. Many of those guys could have been the answer to this question. Maybe Austin Walter will make an impact at running back. He was an undrafted free agent in 2019 who has never gotten much of a chance in the NFL, but he’s looked pretty good in limited action this year with the Jets. Brandin Echols, a sixth-round draft choice of the Jets in 2021, might do some good things at cornerback. He had a pick six and three pass breakups last week against the Dolphins.

5. How do you see Sunday’s game playing out? What is your score prediction?

MacGregor: With the caveat that I’m kind of terrible at this whole prognostication thing, I think I’ll go with the Jets for the first time this year. The way I see it these teams are roughly equally bad, with roughly equally bad rookie quarterbacks. The Jets have the home field, the Jaguars have not won a road game this year, so I’ll make this a three-point Jets victory. Let’s say Jets 16, Jaguars 13. Now that I’ve picked the Jets to win for the first time this year, no doubt it will end up being a Jaguars blowout.

Thank you to MacGregor for providing his thoughts and analysis on what to expect from New York this week. If you’re interested in keeping up on news and insights regarding the Jets, follow Gang Green Nation.

Merry Christmas Eve, all!

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