As we head towards the start of the regular season, the TOJ team will be previewing every position group for the New York Jets. Our own Michael Meegan takes a crack at the QB position.
Quarterback is the most important position in sports. It is a position the Jets have struggled with my entire life. In 2021 Jets fans should be hoping that QB is a position no longer a question mark.
Depth Chart: Zach Wilson, Mike White
Zach Wilson: Was the Jets’ number 2 overall pick in the draft this year and Jets fans should be optimistic, for the upcoming year and going forward, given Wilson’s physical tools and his impressive preseason performance that he can be the franchise QB we have been waiting decades for.
Mike White: Is not good and I have no idea why he is on the team.
Veterans Available: Blake Bortles, Ben Dinucci, Nick Foles (Trade)
Former Jaguars QB Blake Bortles: is not good but in a funny way, not in a pathetic way like Mike White, so I guess that is progress?
Former Cowboys QB Ben Dinucci- Terrible QB but Sopranos memes/clips always slap, so would be a welcome addition.
Current Chicago Bears QB Nick Foles- trading any compensation for him is silly, but Ryan Pace is dumb. Unless the Bears attach a pick to this trade, no reason to do this.
Upgrade/Downgrade: Upgrade 1000000000000%
Sam Darnold was the 38th best QB in the league last year: for context, there are only 32 teams in the NFL. This, coupled with not having to follow Jordan Palmer on Instagram anymore and watch QB throwing drills at the beach, is more than enough evidence to declare Wilson as a substantial upgrade to the Jets 2020 QB’s.
Best Case Scenario: Wilson Balls out
It’s no secret that Zach Wilson’s performances matter more than the Jets 2021 record. If he is legit good from the jump, it elevates the Jets in 2021 and years to come. If we are sitting here 12 months from now and have not had to read a million pieces about Zach taking the 2nd year leap because he was already good as a rookie, it’s a home run for the Jets and positions them to be a team that can make noise in the playoffs in 2022 and hopefully every year after that.
Worst Case Scenario: We have to see any QB not named Zach Wilson start a game or more.
Sam Darnold missed time each of his 3 years: in all those games, the Jets were essentially unwatchable and they lost every game. I would much rather see Wilson take his lumps as a rookie and learn from them playing 17 games than having to miss three to four games and go into 2022 with durability questions.
Prediction: Zach Wins OROY and Mike White does not make me want to shove scissors in my eyes.
Wilson is going to be very good this year and it starts with shutting up the Darnold apologists week 1. Then he collects his OROY trophy posting a 25 TD, 7 INT, 65% comp, 3890-yard season. Mike White never touches the field and we can forget he existed in 2022.