For the first time since the Rex Ryan era in New York, the Jets have some hope heading into the 2021 regular season. After taking quarterback prospect Zach Wilson with the second overall out of BYU, Jets fans are crossing their fingers that he is finally their franchise quarterback.
To start training camp, Wilson was reportedly struggling which got people around the league wondering about his readiness for the NFL.
Despite those reports, Wilson played fairly well in his first two preseason starts. In limited action in Week 1, he threw for a completion percentage of 66% as he went 6/9 and 63 yards against the Giants.
More impressively, Zach went 9/11 while throwing for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers. He was in complete command of the offense throughout the game and showed great accuracy with the football.
Despite it only being the preseason, Jets fans have finally a reason for hope after a miserable stretch of seasons in recent years. This last preseason game against the Eagles will be just another chance to see Wilson’s skills before the real thing begins against the Carolina Panthers on September 12th.
What does Philadelphia Have to Prove?
The Philadelphia Eagles are entering the regular season without any real expectations to perform well. After Doug Peterson was let go and Carson Wentz got traded, it was clear the Eagles were ready to start new and turn the page despite a Super Bowl victory not too long ago in 2017.
First year head coach Nick Sirianni, raised some eyebrows earlier in training camp when he failed to name Jalen Hurts the starting quarterback for the team. Considering veteran quarterback Joe Falcco and Nick Mullens and the only other quarterbacks on the roster, it would be an absolute shock if Hurts does not start the season.
After all, Hurts showed some promise last season when he took over for Carson Wentz. More recently, he impressed in Week 1 of this preseason after he was reportedly struggling in practice.
In limited action of Week 1, Jalen went 3/7 for 54 yards. While these numbers are not staggering the completions he had were very impressive and a few of his passes were dropped. Unfortunately, he was a late scratch this past week against the Patriots due to some abdominal pain.
It will be interesting to see if/how much Hurts will play in this preseason finale. Regardless, the Eagles must buy into their new head coach Nick Sirianni if they hope to surprise people and win the NFC East this year.
Currently, they have the worst odds in the division according to Vegas.
Eagles vs Jets Pick: Who Will Come Out on Top?
Heading into this game I like the Jets considering we are still unaware of Jalen Hurts’ status. If I had to guess, I presume Philadelphia will play it safe with their young QB especially since it is the last preseason game.
Furthermore, I would not be surprised to see Head Coach Robert Saleh give a few more series than expected to Zach Wilson in order to prepare him for the regular season.