Zach Wilson has yet to show enough on the field to give Jets fans the belief that he is the quarterback of the future like the team hoped when taking him second overall, but Brandon Tierney believes he’s seen enough raw evidence to make this declaration:
“Zach Wilson is the most talented quarterback the Jets have had in my lifetime,” BT said, before going through the other candidates.
“Richard Todd, Pat Ryan, Kenny O’Brien, Boomer, and all due respect to Boomer, if we had him earlier, Boomer would have owned this city,” BT said. “Then [Frank] Reich, Foley, Vinny [Testaverde], Chad [Pennington], [Brett] Favre, Kellen Clemens…from that list, there’s four that I take: O’Brien, Vinny, Chad, and Favre. O’Brien and Vinny were immobile. Vinny had a rocket and O’Brien could fling it, but they were both slow. Chad had an average arm and average mobility, but had an impeccable brain and impeccable placement of the ball. Favre had a hose…but he got hurt 9-10 games in.”
As for Wilson, BT says he has all of the best attributes of those former quarterbacks, and it’s just about bringing it together on Sundays.
“Zach Wilson can fling it, 69 mph recorded the other day, the fastest in the NFL if it was thrown last year,” BT said. “You already saw the thighs, so you know he put time into his body.
“Zach Wilson is very mobile and has every conceivable arm angle.”
The most talented Jets quarterback since Joe Namath? Wilson didn’t show it in terms of results as a rookie, but he improved when returning from a knee injury last season, and BT is ready to see some real growth in year two. Labeling Wilson as the most talented Jets signal caller of his lifetime isn’t the boldest of declarations given the competition, but BT still likes what he sees in terms of pure talent.
“I’m not saying he’s the guy to end the Super Bowl drought, that’s not the point,” BT said. “The point is, for the first time, I really think in my lifetime, the Jets have the quarterback and the pieces around him to finally get off the tarmac.”