Zach Wilson

Zach Wilson

24-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Denver Broncos
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Wilson, the second pick in the 2021 draft, flamed out in New York and was traded to Denver in April. He will compete with veteran backup Jarrett Stidham to start -- if first-round pick Bo Nix isn’t ready for the job Week 1. Wilson became the starter last season after Aaron Rodgers was injured in the opener, but the season was as miserable as his first two. He finally lost the starting job Week 12, only two get it back by default two weeks later. A Week 15 concussion then ended the Jets' Wilson era. In three years as a Jet, he totaled 23 TD passes and 25 INTs. Wilson has a strong arm, but until he shakes his inaccuracy and poor decisions, he'll likely be the same QB in Denver that he was in New York. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a four-year, $35.1 million contract with the Jets in July of 2021. Traded to the Broncos in April of 2024. Broncos declined $22.4 million team option for 2025 in May of 2024.
Struggles in spring practices
QBDenver Broncos
June 18, 2024
Wilson failed to impress at spring practices, according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic.
ANALYSIS
Kosmider suggests Wilson seemed to have more trouble than rookie Bo Nix with the adjustment to coach Sean Payton's offense. While Wilson still has time to make an impression during training camp and the preseason, it sounds like he's currently positioned to be the No. 3 QB or even released. The Broncos acquired him in April for a late-round pick swap, trading down from No. 203 to 256 while taking on only half of Wilson's $5.5 million salary from the Jets.
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How do Zach Wilson's 2023 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
17.4%
 
Avg Target Depth
7.6 Yds
 
Sack Rate
11.1%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
5.2 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
6.0%
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
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This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
214 lbs
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Wilson was thrown into a starting role to begin his NFL career after being drafted second overall in 2021, but his 15:18 TD:INT in 22 starts suggests the former BYU standout would have been better off learning behind a veteran quarterback. Better late than never for Wilson, who will now get a chance to sit behind his childhood idol Aaron Rodgers. The Jets are hoping Wilson won't have to see the field in 2023, but if he's forced into action, Wilson will try to improve his questionable decision-making and poor accuracy so that his natural talent can finally shine through.
Wilson was the starter from Day 1 last season (aside from four midseason games missed to a knee injury), and it was a tough road for the No. 2 overall pick. There's no doubting his arm strength, but Wilson's accuracy was a major problem. He was last in the league in both on- target percentage (66.8) and completion percentage (55.6). Only Trevor Lawrence (6.0) had a lower YPA than Wilson's 6.1. His biggest stumbling block, though, was short and intermediate throws. On downfield throws, his rates were middle of the pack. On attempts of less than 15 yards, he ranked last by at least four percentage points in both on-target rate (70.4 percent) and completion rate (59.2 percent). Sloppy mechanics and footwork led to missed throws, but Wilson was an accurate college quarterback, so perhaps there's hope. The Jets helped him this offseason by drafting WR Garrett Wilson (4.38 40) 10th overall and RB Breece Hall in the second round. They join wideouts Elijah Moore, Corey Davis and Braxton Berrios and running back Michael Carter, creating a solid collection of skill players for Wilson to target. Strong-armed and athletic, Wilson has the tools to put up fantasy points, but he won't take advantage until he improves his accuracy and starts using his mobility as a runner (29 rushes last season). To that end, he may be limited (or even absent) early in the season, after suffering a meniscus injury and bone bruise in New York's preseason opener. The injury could impact his mobility even if Wilson makes it back for Week 1.
The second overall pick in this year's draft, Wilson is the new starting QB after the Jets traded Sam Darnold to Carolina. Wilson brings a powerful arm that can make any throw, including downfield passes on the run, and he has good accuracy to every level. At BYU last season, he completed 73.5 percent of his passes (2nd in FBS) with 33 TDs and three INTs. Wilson also has excellent mobility and athleticism, though at 6-2, 214, he lacks ideal size. And while he was a three-year collegiate starter, he was also a one-year wonder, throwing 23 TD passes in 18 games his first two seasons. Wilson needs to be quicker at reading defenses and working through progressions. Nevertheless, his skill set is a good match for an offensive system that should be similar to Kyle Shanahan's. Head coach Robert Saleh and OC Mike LaFleur both come from the 49ers, and the offense likely will feature a lot of play-action, boots and throwing on the move, all of which Wilson excels at. The Jets used their next two picks after Wilson to help their new QB, trading up to draft Morris Trophy winner Alijah Vera-Tucker at 14th overall and later using the 34th pick on WR Elijah Moore, who ran a 4.35 40 at his pro day. They also signed Corey Davis and are counting on Denzel Mims developing in his second year. Perhaps with a new regime in New York, Wilson will fare better than the team's other young QBs in recent years.
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Gets fifth-year option declined
QBDenver Broncos
May 1, 2024
The Broncos informed Wilson on Wednesday that they won't exercise his fifth-year team option for 2025, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
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Traded to Denver
QBDenver Broncos
April 22, 2024
The Jets are trading Wilson to the Broncos for a late-round pick swap, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
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May stay if no trade happens
QBNew York Jets
March 25, 2024
Jets chairman Woody Johnson suggested Monday that if the Jets don't trade Wilson (concussion), they intend to keep the QB, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
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Gets green light to pursue trade
QBNew York Jets
Concussion
February 28, 2024
General manager Joe Douglas said Wednesday that Wilson (concussion) has been given permission to seek a trade, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Offseason trade expected
QBNew York Jets
Concussion
January 7, 2024
The Jets will try to trade Wilson (concussion) in the offseason, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Running third in QB competition
QBDenver Broncos
June 15, 2024
Wilson appears to be behind both Jarrett Stidham and Bo Nix in Denver's quarterback pecking order after minicamp, according to Jon Heath of USA Today Broncos Wire.
ANALYSIS
Wilson has looked like the team's third-best quarterback in terms of both playing time and performance. He played three practices with the first-team offense during the spring compared to four for Nix and five for Stidham. While Stidham and Nix appear to be running neck-and-neck for the starting job, Wilson is falling behind in the competition, though the 24-year-old former Jets quarterback could still work his way into the conversation for the starting job by bouncing back in training camp and preseason.
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