The 2021 NFL Draft class was one that was filled with exciting and talented quarterback prospects, and that isn’t always the case. There were several teams looking to draft one of these prospects, and that included the New York Jets.
The problem for the Jets was that they already had a starting quarterback in Sam Darnold, and he was still relatively young in this league. Darnold had struggled while wearing the Jets uniform, but many people around the league still felt that he could go on to have a solid career.
New York decided that it had seen enough of Darnold and dealt him to the Carolina Panthers for three draft picks. At that time, the Jets made it clear that they going to take a quarterback in the first round, and Zach Wilson was their primary target.
The Jets caught plenty of heat at the time for trading Darnold away, and that noise is only getting louder now. Darnold has gotten off to a 3-0 start with the Carolina Panthers while the New York Jets are off to another miserable start.
The Jets made a major mistake.
Darnold Lighting Up Defenses
Through three games Darnold has thrown for 888 yards and three touchdown passes with the Carolina Panthers. In the Week 3 win over the Houston Texans, Darnold also reached the end zone twice with his legs.
One of the biggest problems Darnold had with the Jets was his inability to take care of the football. Through three games, Darnold has only thrown one interception and he has done just about everything right in leading the Panthers.
Wilson Struggling With Jets
To say that Zach Wilson is struggling through the first two games of his NFL career would be a complete understatement. It’s very rare that rookie quarterbacks play well right away in the NFL, but Wilson has looked overmatched up to this point.
The completion percentage for Wilson is right around 55 percent, and he is also tied for the league-lead with five interceptions. Wilson will ultimately improve as the season goes along, but his poor play is holding the team back at the moment.
Jets Are a Mess
It has only been two full weeks of NFL action, but it already feels like the Jets are on a path to becoming the worst team in the league again this season. Even if Wilson does start to turn things around, it’s hard to see the rest of his teammates give him enough support to start winning games.
This has been a miserable stretch for the New York Jets, but they had a quarterback on their roster that was capable of winning a ton of football games. Just add this to the list of terrible decisions made by the front office in recent years, and it doesn’t seem like they are going to turn it around anytime soon.
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