Zach Wilson

New York Jets
Quarterback #2
New York Jets
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Added muscle in offseason

Wilson has raised his weight from 208 pounds to 221 by working with a nutritionist and chef in the offseason, and the second-year quarterback believes the added weight will help his athleticism, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

Analysis: The 6-foot-2 Wilson is on the smaller side for a quarterback, so he's hoping that putting on weight will help him avoid injuries without hampering the decent running ability he showcased en route to scoring four rushing touchdowns as a rookie. Between Wilson's dedication and New York's universally lauded draft class, the Jets have had an encouraging offseason, but that won't mean much until it leads to long-awaited positive results on the field.

May 25, 2022 9:24 AM EST

Joined by namesake at WR

Wilson will be getting a prominent new target, as the Jets selected wide receiver Garrett Wilson 10th overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports.

Analysis: GM Joe Douglas has completely revamped New York's offense in just two offseasons. He signed Corey Davis before drafting Zach and Elijah Moore in 2021, then added Garrett (no relation) in the 2022 draft. The Jets also added veteran tight ends C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin, as well as rookie Jeremy Ruckert (third round) this offseason, plus second-round running back Breece Hall to complement 2021 fourth-rounder Michael Carter. Even if the Wilson-to-Wilson connection takes a while to take off, the recent influx of playmakers has put the 2021 second overall pick in position to succeed under center.

May 1, 2022 8:41 AM EST

Shut down by Bills

Wilson completed seven of 20 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown and gained 24 yards on two carries in Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: It was an awful end to Wilson's rookie season, as aside from a 40-yard TD toss to Keelan Cole in the second quarter, the QB has almost no success through the air. He finishes with a poor 9:11 TD:INT, 2,334 passing yards and a 55.6 percent completion rate through 13 games, but the Jets will continue to build around Wilson this offseason and hope he can take a very large step forward in 2022.

Jan 9, 2022 9:28 PM EST

One TD, no turnovers in Week 17

Wilson completed 18 of 32 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-24 loss to Tampa Bay. He added two rushing attempts for no gain.

Analysis: Wilson continued to take care of the ball, and he actually guided the Jets to a 24-10 lead in the third quarter before the Buccaneers stormed back. His touchdown came on a nine-yard pass to Braxton Berrios in the second quarter. Berrios also had a one-yard touchdown run, as did Ty Johnson. Wilson will bring an 8:11 TD:INT into the final start of his rookie season against Buffalo, though he's gone four consecutive games without an interception while working with an undermanned receiving corps of late.

Jan 2, 2022 3:16 PM EST

Runs for 52-yard TD in win

Wilson completed 14 of 22 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown while rushing four times for 91 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-21 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Wilson made one of the most exciting plays of his young NFL career in the first quarter, tiptoeing the sideline and making a pair of Jaguars defenders miss to get the Jets on the board with a 52-yard touchdown run. He didn't get much going as a passer while throwing to a depleted receiving corps, and Wilson threw consecutive incompletions from Jacksonville's two-yard line to turn it over on downs just before halftime. Wilson redeemed himself on another 4th-and-goal opportunity in the fourth quarter, putting the Jets up 23-15 with a one-yard touchdown pass to offensive lineman Conor McDermott. The rookie second-overall pick's 7:11 TD:INT is nothing to write home about, but Wilson has been quietly effective with his legs, scoring four rushing touchdowns in his last five games. His banged-up receiving corps and up-and-down play will make Wilson tough to trust in Week 17 against the Buccaneers.

Dec 26, 2021 2:18 PM EST

Stifled in second half of loss

Wilson completed 13 of 23 passes for 170 yards without a touchdown or interception in Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Dolphins. He added 12 yards and a touchdown on four rushing attempts and lost a fumble.

Analysis: Wilson has been plagued by slow starts this season, but that wasn't the case in this one, as he completed all five of his passes for 55 yards on the Jets' first drive, leading to a Braxton Berrios rushing touchdown. He built on that hot start and scored a one-yard rushing touchdown of his own in the second quarter, helping New York take a 17-10 lead into the locker room. New York's offense went dormant after halftime, however, with the Jets' only points of the second half coming on a pick-six by the defense. Wilson hasn't put together many complete performances in his rookie season, though injuries to the Jets' playmakers down the stretch haven't made things easy for him. Perhaps a Week 16 visit from the Jaguars will offer an opportunity for Wilson to find success despite his lack of weapons.

Dec 19, 2021 3:19 PM EST

Inaccurate sans Davis, Moore

Wilson completed 19 of 42 passes for 202 yards while adding 33 rushing yards on four attempts in Sunday's 30-9 loss to the Saints. He didn't have a touchdown or turnover.

Analysis: Wilson struggled mightily without top two wide receivers Corey Davis (groin) and Elijah Moore (quadriceps), both of whom are on IR. He didn't eclipse 100 passing yards until the Jets fell behind 23-6 in the fourth quarter. Wilson didn't get any help on the ground, either, finishing as the Jets' leading rusher in the game. Given the injury-riddled state of the team around him and his own inconsistent play, the rookie second-overall pick will be tough to trust in Week 15 against the hot Dolphins defense.

Dec 12, 2021 2:57 PM EST

Three touchdowns in defeat

Wilson completed 23 of his 38 pass attempts for 226 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 33-18 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Wilson set new career-high marks in pass attempts and total touchdowns. Though he averaged only 5.9 yards per attempt, Wilson managed to connect for a pair of short touchdown throws coming from three and one yards away. He found the end zone on a third occasion on a quarterback sneak late in the first quarter to record the second rushing touchdown of his career. Though Wilson is still inconsistent and mistake-prone, he did manage to distribute the ball well to key playmakers on the team such as Elijah Moore and Jamison Crowder. Even after the loss, there were positives to take away from his performance heading into a Week 14 matchup against New Orleans.

Dec 5, 2021 6:04 PM EST

Logs full practice Wednesday

Wilson (knee) practiced fully Wednesday, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: In the wake of his return to the lineup in this past Sunday's 21-14 win over the Texans, Wilson acknowledged that his right knee still isn't 100 percent, but added that he feels good enough to play. With a full practice under his belt Wednesday, the rookie QB is slated to start this weekend's home game against the 5-7 Eagles, who have allowed an average of 228.4 passing yards per game to date, while having surrendered 20 TDs through the air.

Dec 1, 2021 1:37 PM EST

Should be fine for Week 13

Jets head coach Robert Saleh said Wilson is expected to be a full participant in practice this week after he appeared to tweak his right knee in Sunday's 21-14 win over the Texans, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: After missing the Jets' previous four games while recovering from a PCL sprain of his right knee, Wilson was cleared to reclaim the starting job Sunday after turning in a week of full practices beforehand. The time off didn't seem to help Wilson much from a performance standpoint, as he struggled to move the ball against a struggling Texans squad and finished the day with 14 completions for 145 yards and an interception on 24 attempts (6.0 YPA). He added three yards on two carries and scored a pivotal second-half goal-line touchdown, but he created some concern when he told reporters after the contest that he was still experiencing some instability in his right knee. Even so, the Jets don't appear concerned that Wilson suffered any sort of setback, so as long as he's back on the field as a full participant in the next few days as Saleh expects, the rookie signal-caller should be ready to go for the team's Week 13 matchup with the Eagles.

Nov 29, 2021 1:13 PM EST

Struggles in victorious return

Wilson (knee) completed 14 of 24 passes for 145 yards and an interception in Sunday's 21-14 win over Houston. He added three yards and a touchdown on two rushing attempts.

Analysis: Wilson struggled early in his first action since Week 7, throwing for just 11 yards in a first quarter that also included an interception on a shovel pass that bounced off Ty Johnson's back. To the rookie's credit, he didn't panic after the Jets fell into a 14-3 hole in the second quarter. Wilson led a touchdown drive capped by a two-yard Austin Walter touchdown run late in the first half, then took it in himself from four yards out in the third quarter, diving across the goal line on a play that suggested his PCL sprain is no longer an issue. With his second NFL win under his belt, Wilson will look to correct some of his lingering accuracy issues in Week 13 against the Eagles.

Nov 28, 2021 1:44 PM EST

Officially named Week 12 starter

Head coach Robert Saleh confirmed Wednesday that Wilson (knee) will reclaim starting quarterback duties this weekend against the Texans, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: Though the Jets never officially confirmed Wilson as their Week 12 starter until the team resumed practicing Wednesday, multiple reports surfaced Tuesday indicating that the rookie received full medical clearance from the training staff following a four-game absence due to a PCL sprain of his right knee. Saleh made the matter official Wednesday, and the fact Wilson wasn't included on the Jets' initial Week 12 injury report implies that he was a full participant in the workout. At this stage, the bigger concern is the lack of available depth behind Wilson for Sunday's game, as Mike White -- who started Weeks 8 and through 10 -- and Joe Flacco -- who started in the Week 11 loss to the Dolphins -- were both placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday and are unlikely to be activated prior to the contest. The Jets plan to elevate Josh Johnson from the practice squad later this week to serve as Wilson's understudy this weekend.

Nov 24, 2021 8:04 PM EST

Reclaiming starting role Week 12

Wilson (knee) has been fully cleared by the Jets' medical staff and is set to return to action as the team's starting quarterback Sunday against the Texans, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Jets head coach Robert Saleh won't officially name Wilson as the team's Week 12 starter until he meets with the media Wednesday, but the rookie's reappointment atop the depth chart is a foregone conclusion, especially after his competition for the gig -- Mike White and Joe Flacco -- both landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Flacco's status as an unvaccinated player means he'll automatically be out for the next 10 days, while White tested positive for the virus and seems unlikely to clear all the necessary protocols prior to Sunday. With that in mind, the Jets are expected to promote Josh Johnson from the practice squad to serve as the Week 12 backup behind Wilson, who was inactive for each of New York's previous four games while recovering from a PCL sprain of his right knee. Wilson has been able to practice in some capacity over the past two weeks, and he'll presumably participate in full from Wednesday through Friday this week to clear up any lingering concern about his availability.

Nov 23, 2021 2:38 PM EST

Could be ready to start Week 12

Jets head coach Robert Saleh said Wilson (knee) has a chance to return for Sunday's game against the Texans in a starting role, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Wilson was inactive for a fourth straight game in the Jets' Week 11 loss to the Dolphins, but he turned in a good workout Sunday that has Saleh feeling optimistic about the rookie's chances of suiting up during the upcoming weekend. Saleh noted that a decision on the team's Week 12 starting quarterback won't be announced until Wednesday, but if Wilson continues to check out well when the Jets put him through another workout Tuesday, he should recapture the job. Mike White started the first three games while Wilson was out before handing over the role this past week to Joe Flacco, who completed 24 of 39 attempts for 291 yards and two touchdowns in the 24-17 loss to Miami. If the Jets determine Wilson will need additional time to move past the knee injury, Flacco would likely be in line for a second straight start.

Nov 22, 2021 12:35 PM EST

Not playing Sunday

Wilson (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Randy Lange of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: Head coach Robert Saleh announced Friday that Wilson wouldn't be active for the Jets' Week 11 matchup, but the team elected to list the rookie signal-caller as doubtful Friday rather than ruling him out for the contest. As expected, Wilson won't be available Sunday, but he could have a good chance at reclaiming starting duties and putting an end to a four-game absence in the Jets' next game Nov. 28 in Houston, assuming he upgrades to full participation in practice during the upcoming week. Joe Flacco will get the starting nod against Miami, while Mike White moves into the No. 2 role after starting the prior three contests.

Nov 21, 2021 8:48 AM EST

Takes doubtful tag into weekend

The Jets list Wilson (knee) as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Dolphins after he practiced on a limited basis throughout the week, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: For the second week in a row, the rookie signal-caller carries a doubtful designation into the weekend, and it doesn't come as much of a surprise after head coach Robert Saleh said Wednesday that Joe Flacco would start under center Week 11 while Mike White serves as his backup. Though the Jets were initially hopeful that Wilson would be able to play this weekend and put an end to a three-game absence due to a PCL sprain of his right knee, he took a small step back in terms of activity this week after managing a full practice last Friday. Assuming Wilson's knee responds better to the Jets' slate of practices Week 12, he'll likely take back the reins of the offense from Flacco in the team's Nov. 28 game in Houston.

Nov 19, 2021 12:07 PM EST

Not ready for game action

Wilson (knee) is not in line to be active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: In that context, Mike White is slated back up Joe Flacco on Sunday, while Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record relays that Wilson -- who is bouncing back from a PCL sprain -- remains in the day-to-day category as it relates to his chances of potentially being a candidate to reclaim the team's starting assignment as soon as Week 12, when the Jets face the Texans. Per Eric Allen of the team's official site, Wilson will practice in a limited fashion this week, with coach Robert Saleh indicating that while the young QB hasn't suffered any setbacks, he's not yet 100 percent at this stage, Rich Cimini of reports.

Nov 17, 2021 9:06 AM EST

Not in line to start Week 11

Wilson won't be available to start Sunday's game against the Dolphins, as the Jets aren't confident he's completely recovered from the PCL sprain of his right knee he suffered Week 7, Brian Costello of The New York Post reports. Joe Flacco will draw the start at quarterback Week 11.

Analysis: After a two-week layoff, Wilson resumed practicing last week and even turned in a full workout Friday, only to be inactive behind starter Mike White and Flacco. With another week of practice on tap, Wilson was expected to be ready to return to action against Miami, but the Jets apparently aren't convinced the rookie is 100 percent and are inclined to hold him out for a fourth consecutive game. Though White -- who started the past three games -- will cede the starting job to Flacco after throwing four interceptions in a blowout loss to the Bills last weekend, he could still fill the backup role against Miami if the Jets don't want to make Wilson available in an emergency.

Nov 17, 2021 7:28 AM EST

Inactive for Week 10

Wilson (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: As was expected after head coach Robert Saleh said earlier in the week that Mike White would pick up a third consecutive start at quarterback, Wilson will remain out while he continues to work his way back from a PCL sprain of his right knee. The No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft took a major step forward this week, practicing on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday before upgrading to full activity Friday. If Wilson can get in at least one or two full practices next week, he should be on track to suit up in the Jets' Nov. 21 game against the Dolphins, but whether he starts or serves as a backup in that contest will likely hinge on how White performs against the Bills.

Nov 14, 2021 8:54 AM EST

Doubtful despite full practice

Wilson (knee) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bills despite logging a full practice Friday, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: The Jets have little reason to rush Wilson's return, especially with Mike White avoiding the injury report altogether after injuring his forearm in last Thursday's loss to the Colts. White has outplayed Wilson this season, and the Jets have a pair of capable of veterans in Joe Flacco and Josh Johnson at the quarterback position, so Wilson will almost certainly be made inactive Sunday. Wilson should be healthy enough to retake the starting job in Week 11 against Miami, though White could hold onto it a while longer if he continues to impress.

Nov 12, 2021 12:43 PM EST

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