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#pounditSaturday, October 16, 2021

Zach Wilson publicly criticized by Jets guard after latest loss

Zach Wilson

As a rookie quarterback, Zach Wilson is going to inevitably face some growing pains. However, he probably didn’t expect to hear public criticism from one of his New York Jets teammates.

After Sunday’s 26-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, veteran guard Greg Van Roten suggested Wilson was holding onto the ball too long. That remark came after Wilson was sacked five times and threw two more interceptions, bringing his season total to seven.

Van Roten made clear, however, that he was not blaming Wilson for the team’s 0-3 start.

Whether Van Roten is right or not, this probably won’t go down well, especially coming from him. The 31-year-old has been around for a long time and should know better than to say this publicly. Not only that, but with Wilson sacked 15 times through three games, part of it certainly falls on the offensive line. Van Roten admits that, but it almost seems like he’s trying to deflect from that unit’s struggles a bit.

For now, Wilson is handling the narratives and criticisms well, but this is far from an ideal start to his career.

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