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Zach Wilson has real concerns on the football pitch

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The New York Jets made a risky move in 2021 to trade Sam Darnold for drafting Zach Wilson.

Wilson, who is a BYU product, didn’t have a good season last year.

Between having a below-average receiving squad and a PCL injury last season, there are real concerns with him.

Forget all the clickbait stories about him; his second year with the Jets could get awkward.

So what worries might the young quarterback have ahead of the 2022 NFL season?

Health will clearly be a factor with Wilson in 2022

The PCL injury Wilson suffered last season against the New England Patriots cost him four games of his career.

Before this injury won, he was hurting the Jets.

His six games of four touchdowns against nine interceptions were alarming.

However, he won one game out of those first six.

The game he won was against a Tennessee Titans defense that saw him pass for 297 yards and two touchdowns.

While the one game may not seem like much, it shows that Wilson could have a good game against a good defense.

But his other games show fans a player who isn’t consistent with his NFL game.

This is the concern that awaits him in 2022 as he enters his second year in the league.

However, there is some hope emerging from his injury if he can stay healthy.

Wilson finished 2021 with better stats after returning from injury

Wilson post-injury shows Jets fans there can be some hope with the young star in 2022.

After returning from injury, he closed 2021 with nine touchdowns to two interceptions.

However, his passing yards have dwindled over that seven-game stretch.

Those seven games saw him pass for 1,166 yards, while the six games before the injury saw him pass for 1,168 yards.

Winning games is also a concern as he has only won two of those seven games since returning from injury.

So, despite his improvements in ball protection, he still couldn’t lead his team to victory.

If Wilson can’t pick up any wins in New York for the team, he could be in even more trouble beyond 2022.

Could he be the next Sam Darnold in New York?

With the way the Jets are wasting their quarterbacking talent, there are concerns that Wilson could end up like Darnold.

However, the Jets are unlikely to do the same to their current QB as they did to Wilson.

But if they don’t help him, something he needs to make big plays, he could slowly head in that direction.

So while that fear is no longer there for the young quarterback, it could happen if he fails this season.

It’s all about him maintaining his improvements while staying healthy this season.

While getting help with receivers would give him a boost, he’ll still need to protect the ball like he’s done in his last five games of 2021.

Those five games have seen him throw zero interceptions, something he will need to do a lot in 2022 to avoid becoming the next Darnold.

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