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 general, completely content material standing pat at No. 15 for a quarterback who accomplished 77.four p.c of his passes at Alabama. And not like each different workforce 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 surprise if the Jets ought to’ve discovered themselves a McCown of some kind.
Wilson, the Brigham Young 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 at the line and threw a ravishing rainbow to the Patriots’ Jakobi Meyers, in stride, for 24 yards.
Such was the theme. This sport served as a magnifying glass over two polar-opposite rookies. Wilson needs to play off-script like the three-time M.V.P. he idolized: Aaron Rodgers. His improvisation ought to at the least make one other shedding season enjoyable for the Jets. When a 315-pounder, Lawrence Guy, barreled in for a sack, Wilson hardly blinked. He juked. He escaped. He stored his eyes downfield earlier than throwing incomplete.
This fashion of play might show to be particular.
This fashion might additionally get chewed up and spat out by the relaxation of the N.F.L.
Interception No. four was even uglier, virtually as if New England’s Devin McCourty was Wilson’s meant goal.
Meanwhile, Jones chugged alongside. He threw no touchdowns and no picks in finishing 22 of 30 passes for 186 yards for the Patriots.
Interesting, isn’t it? Through this low season of quarterback insanity, groups bent over backward for the probability 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); Green Bay was completely fantastic being publicly embarrassed by its disgruntled M.V.P. for six months (Rodgers); Indianapolis was prepared to tackle Carson Wentz’s large 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.