New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones and New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson both are learning quickly before our very eyes. These two quarterbacks develop swiftly and seem to progress into seasoned NFL franchise quarterbacks week by week. Both quarterbacks have struggled at times this season. However, they both have also shown tremendous growth through the first six weeks of the season.
Mac Jones Leading the Pack
Jones under center for the Patriots has yet to win a game at home, losing the last three of their four games at home. While that may sound concerning, each loss was against formidable opponents and the final scores were within one score.
Wilson has shown moments of greatness where it explains why the Jets drafted him so high. With that being said, he’s also had nightmarish outings earlier in the season. In the previous matchup between these two, Wilson threw four interceptions.
This Sunday, these two face off again and both are in competing spots for the division. In fact, they are trying to change the trajectory of the teams’ seasons.
“The record is the record,” Jones said. “All I can control is what I do every day. There’s a lot of good quarterbacks in this league. I can play much better than I’m playing. It just comes with reps and experience. I’m not here to compare with anybody. I just have to try to be the best player and teammate I can be.”
Zach Wilson Looking to Even the Score
The wins have not accumulated as of yet for Jones; however, he has been the most consistent rookie quarterback in the league. He’s leading all rookie quarterbacks in passing yards with 1,472 and completion percentage with 71.1. Not to mention, he’s had the highest quarterback rating amongst his peers as well, recording an 89.6.
Wilson will try to snap the Patriot’s 11-game win streak in the series, this Sunday. The last time the Jets beat the Patriots was in 2015 with Ryan Fitzpatrick leading the charge. Wilson will also be looking to take care of the ball, as he’s thrown an interception in every game he’s played up until this point. All in all, Wilson has made tremendous strides and he’s managed to take the criticism and not allow it to bother him.
“I believe I keep perspective in that I understand that every single week is just a stepping stone for what we’re trying to get,” Wilson said. “I just need to keep learning and take some of the plays that I’m not happy with or situations in games with the right mindset, and being able to keep learning from those and getting better each and every week.”