Zach Wilson: Jets starting job “has to be earned”

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Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson wants nothing to be handed to him.

“In this position, the coaches want to play the best player,” Wilson told reporters at rookie minicamp on Saturday, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. “That position has to be earned. I have to do what I’m supposed to do. That’ll take care of itself.”

When it comes to earning the job, it helps that the competition in New York isn’t particularly stiff. The two other quarterbacks currently on the team are 2020 fourth-rounder James Morgan and Mike White. Even if the Jets add a veteran (as they should), too much has been invested in Wilson for him to not be the starter.

Put simply, if he doesn’t win the job, he shouldn’t have been the second overall pick in the draft.

For his part, Wilson said it’s “important” to be the starter, but he said that his main focus in learning the offense and getting acclimated to his teammates. Which is why, obviously, he defied the preferences of the NFL Players Association and showed up for rookie minicamp.

15 responses to “Zach Wilson: Jets starting job “has to be earned”

  1. I dont see it. Watching him practice on ESPN, wearing that #2 reminded me of Johnny Manziel. This guy is really small. Now personality wise he is nothing like Manziel. Seems to have his head on straight. He is going to have a hard time seeing over that OL.

  2. Jets fan routine: fire the GM, hire a new GM, blame the last one, tell everyone the new one is amazing without evidence. Fire the head coach, hire the new head coach, blame the last one, tell everyone the new one is amazing without evidence. Get rid of the QB, pick another one in the top five cuz you suck again, trash the last one, tell everyone how great the new one is without real evidence. Be beside yourself when nobody else drinks the stale Kool-Aid.

    Rinse, repeat.

  3. After sizing up Wilson’s competition, Broadway Joe was quoted as saying “hold my walker”.

  4. Has to be earned? He can look like hot garbage all summer and he’ll still be starting week 1. I mean it’s James Morgan and a guy who’s name I already forgot after reading it 10 seconds ago.

  5. Someone tell this kid that he’s a #1 draft pick, and will most certainly be handed the starting job whether he’s earned it or not.

  6. Of course being the second pick in the draft will automatically make him the week 1 starter. I’m pretty sure James Morgan (who?) and Mike White aren’t going to mount a big fight for the job. I like this kid though, he already mastered the what to say thing to a “T”. But I’m afraid for you Jets fans. You deserve better. A smarter GM wouldve kept Darnold for a year and drafted Fields and especially Trey Lance (who will be a great one in a year or two). Wilson is destined to be average at best. Nice kid but…Wash..rinse..repeat.

  7. Jets have drafted 3 QBs in an NFL draft in the top 5. Two of them, Sanchez and Darnold, they traded into the top 5. But go off touchback

  8. howboutthemcowboys2020 says:
    May 8, 2021 at 7:14 pm
    I dont see it. Watching him practice on ESPN, wearing that #2 reminded me of Johnny Manziel. This guy is really small. Now personality wise he is nothing like Manziel. Seems to have his head on straight. He is going to have a hard time seeing over that OL.
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    MAN COME ON! Because even if your QB is 6’4″ and his linemen are 6’2″ he’s not seeing over their heads, PERIOD!

    Troy Ackman said it many many times “I’m 6’4″ and I couldn’t see over the linemans heads so the idea of being too short is BS, unless you’re 6’8″ you don’t see over the linemans heads”

    BTW earned from who? Darnold is gone so there’s no one else so YES he’ll be handed the job!

  9. I’m not saying this kid will be a bust so I’ll withhold making any judgements on him until I see him on the field. I just worry NY made a mistake here, his frame is really, really small. Small and slender, by slender I mean he doesn’t have the frame to carry a healthy 230 pounds. What if he struggles in camp? You on a throw him to the wolves? This is why I think it would of been smarter to keep a Arnold and have them compete for the job. See who’s the better QB with real talent around them and trade the loser. We will see what happens but Wilson and Lance I have a lot of questions about, and I question Lance more than Wilson as at least he’s played a lot against tougher competition and doesn’t have the accuracy issues a Lance does.

  10. Josh McCown is 6’5” and I never saw a qb get so many balls batted down at the line of scrimmage

  11. you’ve done what you need to earn that spot already.
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    now it’s about what you can do with it.
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    good luck.

  12. I don’t even like the Jets, but I think he’s the best quarterback coming out of this draft

  13. I’ll want to follow Darnold and Carolina this year because I want to see him do well and I think he can. But I’m glad for the move they made. Wilson will be much cheaper and has not had wasted years. The jets can continue to build and add new players as Wilson develops. Go Jets!

  14. The Jets and the Panthers will regret passing on Justin Fields.

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