Zach Wilson walked out and in of the Atlantic Health Training Center over the weekend feeling wrapped in a cocoon of consolation.
The Jets’ new franchise quarterback had already inherited 2020 first-round left deal with Mekhi Becton and second-round vast receiver Denzel Mims, in addition to vast receiver Corey Davis, Joe Douglas’ 2021 free company catch. He then was gifted elite left guard Alijah Vera-Tucker and dynamic receiver Elijah Moore in Rounds 1 and a pair of, respectively, of this yr’s draft, then a 5-foot-8, 202-pound running back and kick returner named Michael Carter with explosiveness, imaginative and prescient, arms and 4.5 velocity within the fourth spherical.
It was as if Douglas had promised Sam Darnold’s dad and mom that he would get Wilson extra protectors and extra playmakers to provide him extra of a combating likelihood than their exiled son ever had throughout his turbulent three seasons with the Jets.
For Darnold, failed as he was by former coach Adam Gase (and to a lesser diploma by Le’Veon Bell), the drafting of Becton and the injury-plagued Mims proved too little and too late.
Now, the Jets have a CEO head coach, Robert Saleh, whose pressure of character, ardour and vitality will rally the locker room and alter the tradition for the higher. And a shiny offensive coordinator in Mike LaFleur, who will set up an offense tailored for Wilson, and whose quarterback whispering won’t go in a single ear and out the opposite.
This draft obtained the Jets off the runway and can allow their younger new franchise pilot to take flight. This now has the makings of an entertaining offense. Imagine if Douglas had saved WR Robby Anderson as an alternative of changing him with Breshad Perriman.
So kudos to Douglas for supporting his younger franchise quarterback the way in which Dave Gettleman and Joe Judge have now supported Daniel Jones with Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, Kyle Rudolph and John Ross (if he can keep wholesome), the way in which each group is obligated to construct round its marquee attraction.
There will likely be rising pains for Wilson alongside the way in which, as a result of there at all times are for rookie quarterbacks, so let’s not anticipate the child to be a right away savior, using in on a green-and-white horse to the deafening roar of “J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!” from a stadium hopefully stuffed with vaccinated followers.
But he may have competent, skilled folks in his nook and sufficient items to set him up for achievement.
Of course as Douglas stayed true to his board, he knowingly couldn’t plug all of the holes on the green-and-white Titanic.
With Saleh both certain and gagged or sporting an “I Trust Joe” headband till the fifth spherical, some killjoy graffiti artist etched “Defense LOL” on the iceberg up forward.
Wilson will probably be compelled to seek out himself engaged in various shootouts, which a daring gunslinger like him will undoubtedly embrace, however he gained’t be enjoying North Alabama or Western Kentucky anymore.
Saleh might want to present up because the diabolical younger Bill Belichick tormenting opposing quarterbacks, as a result of the younger Richard Sherman isn’t in that cornerback room, and neither is the younger Darrelle Revis. Perhaps the 33-year-old Sherman will be a part of it.
All fuel for Zach Wilson, and no break for Robert Saleh.
Douglas properly wasn’t inclined to succeed in for cornerbacks Kelvin Joseph or Asante Samuel Jr. when the game-changing Moore was staring him within the face with the thirty fourth decide.
It’s not as if Douglas did nothing for Gang Green within the offseason: He added an edge rusher with upside, Carl Lawson, and a former first-round decide, Sheldon Rankins, to pair inside with Quinnen Williams. He additionally added former veteran Eagle defensive finish Vinny Curry, and linebacker Jarrad Davis to a needy unit.
But Josh Allen gained’t be shedding any sleep when he evaluations Salem’s cornerback depth chart: LCB Bless Austin, RCB Bryce Hall.
When Douglas lastly threw his rookie head coach a bone, it was hybrid S/LB Jamien Sherwood and CBs Michael Carter II and Jason Pinnock within the fifth spherical and S Hamsah Nasirildeen, CB Brandin Echols and DT Jonathan Marshall within the sixth spherical.
Belichick added tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry and WRs Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, and if Cam Newton can rebound or Mac Jones develops into Tom Brady Lite …
The Dolphins added WR Jaylen Waddle, the AFC East’s model of Tyreek Hill. If he can’t assist Tua Tagovailoa, who can?
But if Rome wasn’t in-built a day, the Jets gained’t be both. Douglas has a pair of first- and second-round picks in 2022.
All fuel for Zach Wilson, and no break for Robert Saleh. Exactly the way in which to go.