Buffalo Bills’ opponent preview: New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson

Within the 2021 NFL Draft, the New York Jets chosen quarterback of the longer term, Zach Wilson. That’s the hope at the very least. Wilson made waves instantly with Buffalo Payments followers by trying very uncomfortable standing subsequent to Greg Rousseau of their draft class image. Wilson was apparently so distraught he skipped the primary Payments sport this season. He’s anticipated to take the sector this weekend although, so let’s see what the Jets have up to now with their rookie sign caller.

Play 1


One of many first issues that jumped off the display with Zach Wilson is the man’s poise. He’ll stand within the pocket to ship the ball. He’s not afraid to go off-script. He’s fairly good at feeling strain. And he’s all the time attempting to make a play. This clip isn’t meant to point out off his operating skill. He can run, however the numbers don’t replicate a “cellular QB” like Josh Allen or Lamar Jackson. Relatively, from a rookie it’s fairly cool to see that pump pretend to pseudo-juke. I may have made a great reel of comparable issues from only a few video games value of movie.

Play 2

Right here’s extra of that poise. This play is all-or-nothing and Wilson is aware of it. He’s gonna go down swinging! The throw leaves a lot to be desired however, total, this play has quite a lot of positives for a first-year participant.

Play 3


I don’t like doing quarterback evaluation with out some stats off of a legitimate pattern measurement. It’s too simple to strengthen your individual conclusion on sure issues. I’ll dive extra into the numbers quickly, however I wished to tie one GIF into a fairly damning pattern. The Jets are tied for fifth-most drops as a crew with 23. Wilson’s stats should not nice (that is an understatement) nevertheless it’s honest to notice that his surrounding expertise isn’t all the time precisely useful.

Play 4

I don’t wish to recommend although that it’s all everybody else’s fault. I’m no Jets fan, however you get invested watching the movie and for the primary 85 p.c of this play or so I’d say I admit I used to be undoubtedly all like “Oh man, that’s superior!” After which he threw the ball and I’m like “Oh man, WTF was THAT?” I attempt to keep away from lowlight GIFs as they are often simply as damaging to goal evaluation as highlights.

This isn’t even a lowlight. I swear he had a bounce cross that was so dangerous the RUNNING BACK he was concentrating on didn’t even appear to consider it. He caught it off the bottom and ran prefer it was full. Anyway…


I’m simply going to toss in just a few stats and ideas that assist elaborate on the clips above. Fast fireplace time!

  • Wilson has struggled to interrupt 60 p.c completion share this 12 months. This isn’t an excellent measure of what I’d name “accuracy” however it’s a good metric of total crew chemistry/skill. And Zach Wilson is STRUGGLING!
  • At 2.99 seconds from the snap, Zach Wilson has the third-longest time to throw within the league. He holds the ball longer than practically everybody else.
  • The Jets have the eighth-most sacks and the ninth-worst sack fee within the league. Recall that I praised Wilson’s skill to increase performs, which vicariously meant I feel he’s fairly good at avoiding sacks. However actually what I imply is he’s good at avoiding them within the quick time period. He’s liable to hero ball and which means extending performs longer than he ought to. We’ve been down this street.
  • The NFL’s Subsequent Gen Stats website has a metric known as “Completion Share Above Expectation.” Basically the league calculates the “anticipated” likelihood of each throw and this measures the common distinction. In less complicated phrases, a checkdown artist might need an inflated completion share as a result of a excessive quantity of simple throws. This adjusted measure ought to account for that. Drum roll… Zach Wilson is -9.4 p.c decrease than anticipated. That’s worst within the league. Solely Mike Glennon (-8.2) is in the identical neighborhood. Each different QB within the league is best than -6.0 on this stat.


I delight myself on attempting to type my very own opinion so I don’t have a look at anybody else’s participant profile till I’m executed with mine. And often I solely look to ensure I’m not up to now off the mark that individuals will suppose I’m hallucinating. It appears I pegged Zach Wilson fairly constantly with others so in case you made it this far, I’m sorry for primarily making you learn what’s seemingly been in print for a very long time now.

When you haven’t examine Wilson but, right here goes. He has loads of bodily expertise. He could make the throws. He can run if wanted. He can run round and lengthen performs. Additional, he has a playmaker perspective that may result in some magic when all of it comes collectively. It doesn’t come collectively all that usually as of proper now.

Payments followers ought to know higher than anybody else to not write off somebody after their rookie 12 months. That mentioned, poor choices kill some performs. Breakdowns in mechanics result in throws the place the time period “head scratcher” appears beneficiant. Wilson has quite a lot of potential and hero ball can all the time get sizzling and win a sport. When you’re not properly versed in analyst converse, tentative language like I’m utilizing often means “this man shouldn’t be thought-about all that harmful but when he occurs to beat my crew I don’t wish to seem like an fool.” I actually do suppose Wilson can develop into a great quarterback with the appropriate state of affairs/teaching. I simply count on the Payments’ protection to deal with enterprise this week.

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