If that sounds very 1994, he frankly doesn’t care.
He let the Jets swing for the fences on a possible Mahomes Lite at No. 2 total, completely content material standing pat at No. 15 for a quarterback who accomplished 77.4 p.c of his passes at Alabama. And in contrast to each different crew that drafted a quarterback in April, the Jets didn’t signal something resembling a risk or a veteran to problem or help their rookie. This was Wilson’s gig from Day 1 and, on Sunday, you couldn’t assist however marvel if the Jets ought to’ve discovered themselves a McCown of some kind.
Wilson, the Brigham Younger gunslinger, noticed extra ghosts than Sam Darnold ever dreamed of.
After Interception No. 3 — a weird floater proper to cornerback J.C. Jackson — Jones referred to as an audible on the line and threw an exquisite rainbow to the Patriots’ Jakobi Meyers, in stride, for twenty-four yards.
Such was the theme. This sport served as a magnifying glass over two polar-opposite rookies. Wilson needs to play off-script just like the three-time M.V.P. he idolized: Aaron Rodgers. His improvisation ought to not less than make one other dropping season enjoyable for the Jets. When a 315-pounder, Lawrence Man, barreled in for a sack, Wilson hardly blinked. He juked. He escaped. He stored his eyes downfield earlier than throwing incomplete.
This model of play might show to be particular.
This model might additionally get chewed up and spat out by the remainder of the N.F.L.
Interception No. 4 was even uglier, nearly as if New England’s Devin McCourty was Wilson’s supposed goal.
In the meantime, Jones chugged alongside. He threw no touchdowns and no picks in finishing 22 of 30 passes for 186 yards for the Patriots.
Fascinating, isn’t it? By way of this low season of quarterback insanity, groups bent over backward for the possibility at one thing particular. San Francisco unloaded three first-rounders for somebody from North Dakota State who performed one soccer sport in 2020 (Trey Lance); Inexperienced Bay was completely nice being publicly embarrassed by its disgruntled M.V.P. for six months (Rodgers); Indianapolis was prepared to tackle Carson Wentz’s huge contract; the L.A. Rams unloaded two firsts, a 3rd and Jared Goff for a 33-year-old who has gone 74-90-1 in his profession with zero playoff wins.