Zach Wilson Dec 22, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) looks to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday night’s Week 16 game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets marked a meeting of the first two players selected in the 2021 NFL Draft — quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson. Through the first half of the game, it wasn’t much of a contest.

Lawrence had a solid first two quarters, going 11-for-16 for 147 yards in the air. And while he didn’t have a touchdown pass, Lawrence ran the only touchdown of the first half, which helped the Jaguars open up a 13-3 halftime lead. As the score would suggest, things weren’t nearly as smooth for Wilson and the Jets.

Wilson, who struggled in Week 15’s loss to the Detroit Lions, picked up right where he left off. He threw an interception on the final play of the first half. When it was over, he and his teammates were booed off of the field, something that was a recurring theme for the game’s first two quarters.

The interception itself wasn’t a big deal. It wasn’t a great pass but it came on what was essentially a Hail Mary. Still, we get the feeling that the booing wasn’t really about the interception. Wilson was only 7-for-14 passing and had only one carry for one yard. His passes rarely went more than a few yards down the field. When they did, they were usually well off of the mark.

Jets fans were not alone in their frustrations watching Wilson. Football fans were highly critical of the former No. 2 pick overall.

The Ringer’s NFL Page tweeted a photo of a man staring at a dumpster with the caption “Watching Zach Wilson play primetime football” while Sean Fennessey of the Ringer compared him unfavorably to other New York quarterbacks from the 21st century who didn’t pan out, saying, “Jets fans in this century never felt this bad about their QB play with Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith or Sam Darnold. Zach Wilson is truly the worst we’ve seen.”

Others had similar views.

Joe Fann of WynnBET: “Zach Wilson is hard to watch. Zero awareness. Zero confidence. He’s in way over his head.”

Ben Axelrod, WYKC: “I just don’t understand how Zach Wilson got drafted second overall and no one batted an eye.”

Luke Sawhook, Mojo: “I like to imagine Zach Wilson closes his eyes when he throws it deep into double coverage.”

Russell Clay of, meanwhile, might have had the aptest take, saying “Zach Wilson is very good at being bad.”

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