Zach Wilson was back under center for the Jets for the first time in five weeks and, well, things were not off to a great start.
On the Jets’ second drive of the game, Wilson was facing a third-and-17 after taking a nine-yard sack and found himself under pressure again.
As he evaded the pass rush, Wilson stepped up to the line of scrimmage and attempted to make a shovel pass to running back Ty Johnson.
Except Johnson turned around right before Wilson released the ball only to have it hit the running back in the back and fall into the hands of Texans cornerback Tavierre Thomas.
The Texans scored a touchdown on the ensuing possesion.
It appeared as if Johnson thought Wilson was going to rush with the ball himself and began to block unaware that the quarterback was trying to dump the ball off to him as he approached the line of scrimmage.
It was not quite Buttfumble-level of embarrassing, but it was an ugly look that can essentially sum up what a disaster of a rookie season the second overall pick is having.
Wilson has been out since Week 7 due to a knee injury and the Jets offense, while still not great, appeared to flow much better with Mike White and Joe Flacco under center.
Both White and Flacco were out for Sunday’s game due to COVID, but the belief was that Wilson was starting regardless.
There is still time for Wilson to show some improvement, but the shovel pass interception will surely be played on loop when it comes to discussing Wilson’s rookie season.