TOJ Pick Six w/ Stephen Zantz (Week 4 Jets/TEN)

The PickSix column officially returns as TOJ Live Co-Host Stephen Zantz answers your Twitter questions. He, also, will consider questions that Joe Caporoso doesn’t get a chance to answer during his weekly Saturday AMAs. Don’t forget to tweet Stephen questions every week at @szantz on Twitter.

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TOJ Pick Six w/ Stephen Zantz (Week 3 Jets/DEN)

Stephen Zantz previews Week 3 with his Pick Six column.

The PickSix column officially returns as TOJ Live Co-Host Stephen Zantz answers your Twitter questions. He, also, will consider questions that Joe Caporoso doesn’t get a chance to answer during his weekly Saturday AMAs. Don’t forget to tweet Stephen questions every week at @szantz on Twitter.

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TOJ Pick Six w/ Stephen Zantz (Week 2 Jets/Pats)

Stephen Zantz tackles fan-submitted questions in this week’s Pick Six!

The PickSix column officially returns as TOJ Live Co-Host Stephen Zantz answers your Twitter questions. He, also, will consider questions that Joe Caporoso doesn’t get a chance to answer during his weekly Saturday AMAs. Don’t forget to tweet Stephen questions every week at @szantz on Twitter.

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TOJ Pick Six w/ Stephen Zantz (Week 1 Jets/Panthers)

The PickSix column officially returns as TOJ Live Co-Host Stephen Zantz answers your Twitter questions. He, also, will consider questions that Joe Caporoso doesn’t get a chance to answer during his weekly Saturday AMAs. Don’t forget to tweet Stephen questions every week at @szantz on Twitter.

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TOJ Roundtable: New York Jets QB Zach Wilson Season Predictions

The TOJ Roundtable returns for the 2021-2022 season, where the TOJ writers gather around the aptly-named round table to discuss all things New York Football Jets this coming season. Make sure to follow every writer on Twitter.

What will New York Jets QB Zach Wilson’s stat line be for this coming season?

DA Osorio
I’ve already gone on record, most recently on the Trap Or Die podcast, that I think Jets QB Zach Wilson wins NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. I think it is a two-QB race between him and Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence and I think Wilson, because of a Jets defense that will keep games close enough to give him some signature moments in pursuit of an award generally given to QBs who produce those, ends up edging out the former first-overall pick. A first-year stat line of 24 TDs, 4 interceptions, and 3896 yards is on the docket for the young signal-caller as he mirrors Cowboys QB Dak Prescott’s statistical averages for his rookie season. Those numbers, plus an 8-9 record for the Jets, propels him towards some hardware.

Dan Essien:
My predicted stat line for Zach Wilson in this 2021 17-game regular season is 3750 passing yards, 28 TDs, 15 INTs, 62% Comp, and 7.1 Y/A. I believe the Jets will rely steadily on the run game, as Wilson acclimates to the NFL game. When he’s let loose, he can be a bit of a risk-taker so he won’t be without a nice chunk of turnovers. However, the good will noticeably outweigh the bad with Wilson.

Michael Meegan:

For his rookie season, I predict Zach to throw for 3620 yards, 25 TD’s, and 7 INTs with a completion percentage of 64% and a Y/A of 7.4.  The Jets are going to be a run-first offense this year, I do not expect to see many games with Zach throwing the ball 40 times a game.  Zach was a low turnover guy in college never throwing double digits picks in any of his 3 years starting and I do not expect that trend to stop once he gets to the NFL.  We will not have to talk about Zach making a 2nd-year leap 12 months from now because he will be good from the jump.

Matt Gianesses:

I predict Zach Wilson will throw for 24 TD’s and 13 interceptions in 2021. These are very reasonable numbers to ask from a 2nd overall pick in today’s NFL. 24 TDs is a number only eight Jets QBs have reached before. The combination of a more aggressive and modern offense and a 17th game will help Zach reach the touchdown threshold. If healthy for all 17 games, Zach will throw for 3,700 yards.

Joe Belic:

Love Matty highlighting the more modern offense, but I think The Jets offense is predicated on running the ball (a little old school philosophy), and I believe that will somewhat hinder Wilson’s stat line. That said, I feel a 17-game season with 3750 passing yards, 23 TDs, 15 INTs, 62% completion percentage, 7.0 Y/A, 50 rushing attempts for 225 yards, and two touchdowns on the ground is realistic production. Not even Aaron Rodgers topped 7.0 Y/A his first season under Matt LaFleur, and Baker Mayfield averaged 222 Y/G in a comparable offense last year. Look for similar numbers in those categories for Wilson. While it’s not the sexiest prediction, I think it’s a good start to a career and something to build on for the future.

Will Parkinson:

For me, Zach Wilson over a 17-game season rookie year will throw for 3525 yards, 24 TDs, 10 INTs, 68% Comp, and 7.5 Y/A. I think the Jets are going to rely early and often on the run game: the use of a ton of outside zone will be to take advantage of the team’s speed and get Wilson in ALOT of early quick reads and play action. This will be done, in my opinion, to help build his confidence as he starts out the year facing two great defensive coaches in Bill Belicheck and Vic Fangio. I think he’ll take some big-time shots downfield and convert big plays but work to minimize turnovers. I think it’ll be a strong OROY-type season from Wilson and lead into a huge 2022.

Dylan Price:

I agree with Will on this point: given the offense will rely so heavily on the run, I don’t foresee Zach Wilson throwing the ball a ton. I disagree with how generous everyone is with their predicted stat lines given the acknowledgment that the Jets will be a run-heavy team. Over a 17 game season, I look for Wilson to just eclipse 3,000 yards with a total of 3,196 yards. I expect a touchdown to interception ratio of around 22 to 12 and a completion percentage of around 63%. Look for an average of around 6.9 Y/A as well. It’s not that I don’t think Wilson will light things up, but between the heavy rushing attack LaFleur will install coupled with just the natural progression for a rookie over a 17 game season, his production will be handicapped slightly. All in all, I expect a strong season with a very good last 4-5 games.

 

Greg Armstrong

I can see Wilson having a year where he goes for 3567 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions with a 7.8 Y/A. I think we can expect to see more pushing the ball downfield as the season progresses and as Wilson gets more acquainted with the offense. I think we’ll see a strong run game reliance within the first couple of weeks and week over week we see more of the Jets lengthening the leash for Wilson and what they call.

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Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.

10 Takeaways from Week 1 of Jets Camp

Stephen Zantz offers ten takeaways from the first week of Jets training camp.

The first of week of training camp is in the books for the Jets. They are off today from practice before they head to MetLife Stadium tomorrow night for the Green and White scrimmage in front of fans. It’s been a pretty eventful first week that’s brought excitement to the fanbase for the first time since Sam Darnold was drafted. I compiled 10 takeaways about Jets camp so far.

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Zach Wilson Signs His Rookie Contract

Michael Meegan reacts to Zach Wilson signing with the Jets.

Our long 2 day nightmare is over!!!!

Zach Wilson finally signed his rookie contract today around 1pm, where the Jets got their offset language and Zach got his 22.9 million signing bonus paid within 15 days.  This is exactly the structure Sam Darnold had and I do not know why it took 3 months to find this “compromise” given that there was an obvious precedent set with Sam, but the Johnson’s never know how to get out of their own way so I’m not really surprised.

Anyway the Jets really needed Zach in camp as James Morgan and Mike White are not good and it was hurting the whole team not being there.  The offense cannot build continuity without Zach and it does not help the defense when they’re not being tested by QB’s who are NFL level players.  Now with fans in attendance on Saturday, we get to see launch Zach  missiles all over the field for the rest of camp and be ready for preseason which is only 16 days away. The good vibes are finally back and hope they are here to stay.

Have the Jets finally found their QB of the Future?

Will Parkinson offers his thoughts on Zach Wilson.

It’s no secret that the Jets have been looking for their franchise Quarterback since Joe Namath moved on to the Rams in 1977. There have been flashes of hope–with Ken O’Brien, Boomer Eisasion, Vinny Testeverde, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chad Pennington, Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, Christian Hackenberg, and Sam Darnold–but Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh believe they finally have the guy to buck the trend and be the Jets’ franchise QB for years to come. When the Jets traded Sam Darnold to the Panthers back in April, it became abundantly clear that Zach Wilson would be the Jets’ pick at #2 overall. Wilson is an uber-talented player who could have gone #1 overall in a draft, if not for Trevor Lawrence. The Jets feel like they found their guy and are doing everything they can to make Wilson successful. 

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