New York Jets QB Zach Wilson receives yet another superstar comparison
Now, Wilson has received yet another superstar comparison from a former offensive standout.
Speaking on his podcast, former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver and current NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth compared Wilson to three-time MVP Aaron Rodgers.
Zach Wilson showing flashes of Aaron Rodgers in his game 👀 pic.twitter.com/AXSFRbeiRJ
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“My thing coming out in the draft was that this guy (Wilson) might be the best quarterback in this draft. You couldn’t pick against Trevor Lawrence because of the history, and all that he accomplished, and championship games, and all that sort of stuff. But the Aaron Rodgers look-alike I saw on tape was Zach Wilson,” Collinsworth stated in regards to the film he had watched of rookie quarterbacks in the preseason.
Collinsworth spoke about the positive signs Wilson is showing as he attempts to answer questions that surrounded him coming out of the draft.
“The question was, he had perfect protection at BYU, so was that going to translate? But, so far, this sucker’s been playing. Now, Green Bay played nobody in that game … but Zach Wilson looked great.”
Through two preseason games, Wilson has completed 15 of 20 passes for 191 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions while taking zero sacks. His passer rating of 137.7 is the best in the NFL among players with at least 20 pass attempts.
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Wilson got the chance to pick Rodgers’ brain when the Jets and Packers met in Green Bay for joint practices prior to their preseason clash.
Rodgers praised Wilson after the rookie’s standout performance at Lambeau Field.
“He’s a good young kid, has a nice disposition. That kid can throw the heck out of that ball and that was a nice one down the right sideline at the end of the first. I’m so excited for what he can do in this league.”
Returning the favor, Wilson stated, “I really just appreciate him as a man. He’s an awesome guy. He definitely doesn’t have to come up to me and say anything. I don’t expect him to, but it means the world to me that he’s able to come up to me, whatever advice it is.”
Wilson and the Jets are not scheduled to play in front of Collinsworth on NBC’s Sunday Night Football this year, as New York was left off of the slate for the ninth consecutive season.
The Jets have not appeared on NBC since their Thanksgiving night loss to the Patriots in 2012. They have not played on Sunday night since taking a November loss to New England at MetLife Stadium in 2011.
If Wilson lives up to Collinsworth’s billing, perhaps the Jets will return to the big stage sooner rather than later.