2022 Dynasty Football Sophomore Profile: Zach Wilson

by Charles Vakassian

Welcome to the 2022 Dynasty Football Sophomore Profile series. This edition is focused on New York Jets QB Zach Wilson.

With the NFL season quickly closing in, now is a good time to take a look at some of the sophomore talents around the league.

Wilson struggled at times for the Jets last year, as the team finished with a 4-13 record. However, the offseason proved to be most fruitful, as the Jets used free agency and the draft to greatly improve the talent around Wilson.

The stage is set for a breakout sophomore season from Wilson. The talent is there, but can he harness it?

We will try to answer that below.

2022 Dynasty Football Sophomore Profile: Zach Wilson

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2021 Stats

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13 Games Started
213/383, 2334 yards
9 TDs, 11 INTs
55.6% completion

Zach Wilson did not have the best 2021, struggling in the 13 games he started.

The Jets did not do the greatest job of supporting their QB either, with the 20th-ranked pass protection and injuries all across the line. Wilson also tended to hold onto the ball a little longer than he should have. With a rate of 3.05 seconds taken per pass attempt, defenses had way too much time to pressure the quarterback.

When Mike White and Joe Flacco were under center, they both were able to get the ball out of their hands at more acceptable rates. Wilson desperately needs to improve his completion percentages and decision-making as well. He was one of only three QBs to have more interceptions than touchdowns, while also being towards the bottom of the league in completion rating.

The Good News

The Jets made it their number one priority to get Zach Wilson help in the offseason. They certainly delivered on their promise, adding reinforcements in every key area. Former first-rounder Laken Tomlinson was brought in to shore up the offensive line. Breece Hall was drafted to take pressure off the passing game. He is a dynamic three-down back. The Jets also drafted an elite playmaker at wide receiver, Garrett Wilson. The former Buckeye WR will give Zach Wilson another reliable target along with Elijah Moore.

Upgrades were even made at tight end, with rookie Jeremy Ruckert and veteran Tyler Conklin adding fresh blood and sure hands. Having the whole offseason and now training camp to work with his new look offense will do nothing but help Wilson. Reports have been mixed so far, but until we see the team in action, it will be hard to make an accurate assessment.

2022 Dynasty Outlook and Beyond

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In the short term, the outlook is murky for Zach Wilson. While the Jets certainly improved his supporting cast, Wilson has shown that he has a long way to go. His decision-making needs to be better, and he must cut down on turnovers and poor passing. QBs generally don't succeed in the NFL by completing barely half of their pass attempts. Wilson is a perfectly fine QB3 option for this season, but you should avoid starting him unless absolutely necessary. However, he is a must roster in all dynasty formats, a no-brainer type of move.

He has all the talent in the world, with a cannon arm and mobility. The question still remains: Can Zach Wilson put it all together? My vote is yes, but 2023 will be the year. Keep him on the bench for now, but don't move him anywhere. That breakout is coming soon, and you'll want to reap the benefits.

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