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Infamous NFL QB plans huge TD total for Jets’ Zach Wilson

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Key to the 2022 season for the New York Jets is Zach Wilson jumping as a sophomore.

This concept is pretty universally accepted, what’s not the big leap he’s actually going to make?

A popular television analyst gave an attempt at what that might look like this week on SportsCenter.

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On a Wednesday episode of SportsCenter, former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky was asked Which sophomore is in the best position to succeed in 2022?

“New York, Zach Wilson, and I don’t really think it’s close. There was an infusion of talent in NY with three first-round picks on the offensive line. They are young, athletic and have size in girth. What does he have to do to really make that jump? I think he’s really in the position that Patrick Mahomes was in his sophomore year, letting the plays work around him.”

Orlovsky pointed out two areas of improvement Wilson needs to work on to reach the next level.

“No. 1 and that’s a little bit like Lamar Jackson going from his rookie year to his sophomore year. Zach would have a wide open guy and he would do a short throw because he’s so talented (tried to talent using to get the ball there rather than technique) that would result in an incompletion. [If you do that] Three or four times a game that really hurts your soccer team. So meet your lay-ups.”

The second point Orlovsky highlighted really goes hand in hand:

“Ball handling and footwork are everything in this Mike LaFleur offense. [Wilson] really needs to make a leap in those two specific areas. When he’s doing those two things and making that jump individually with the people he’s got around him, I really think you’re pushing 30+ touchdowns, 10 or fewer interceptions, and 4,000 yards. I honestly believe that with the people he has around him.”

For context, if these projections came true, they would be historic on every level.

Only one quarterback in Jets history has ever thrown for more than 30 touchdowns, and that was Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2015. Joe Namath is the first quarterback in NFL history and the only quarterback in franchise history to have the 4,000- yard mark (and he did it). it in 14 games).

While both of those statistical milestones would be amazing, 10 or fewer interceptions might be the most impressive of them all.

Only five quarterbacks in Jets history have played in at least 12 games and thrown 10 or fewer in a single season:

Though head coach Robert Saleh simplified expectations for his sophomore quarterback:

“I think Zach Wilson’s peak performance is what I think he thinks his peak performance is and that’s no limit to what he thinks he’s capable of. For him today, it’s not about being the best in the NFL, it’s about being the best.”

A valuable lesson at a time when everyone loves to be compared to someone else. Speaking of which, Saleh addressed this during Wednesday’s media availability:

“He doesn’t have to be Tom Brady this year, if he ends up like that now it’s great but that’s not the expectation.”

It seemed like Saleh channeled his inner Aunt May from the movie Spiderman when she told Peter Parker, “You’re not Superman, you know.”

In other words, if Wilson is just playing within himself with the talent around him, he should be fine. We all know he has the superhero ability, but he doesn’t have to rely solely on it to make plays and move the chains on this offensive in 2022.

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Though head coach Robert Saleh simplified expectations for his sophomore quarterback:

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