Experts break down Zach Wilson’s flaws and promise ahead of rookie’s return: ‘He’s a little undisciplined’

Through Zach Wilson’s first six games, the No. 2 overall pick has played exactly how most rookie quarterbacks play.

Wilson had four touchdowns and nine interceptions (sixth most in the NFL), with a completion percentage of 57.5 and a passer rating of 63.5.

Then Wilson suffered a PCL injury and was sidelined for a month. Now he’s returning against the 2-8 Texans on Sunday.

To get an expert review on how Wilson has played and where he can improve, the Daily News interviewed three NFL experts: Former Jets lineman Damien Woody and former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who are both analysts at ESPN, and Greg Cosell, NFL analyst and senior producer at NFL Films.


Wilson’s main two problems were accuracy and consistently going for the big play.

He had the second worst completion percentage at 57.5%. He also ranked low on Completion Percentage Over Expectation according to Next Gen Stats.

CPOE adds up the completion percentage and the expected completion based on the probability of the completion. It’s a good metric for accuracy because it favors quarterbacks who consistently complete both incredibly difficult and easy throws. The leader is Kyler Murray with 6.9; Wilson is last at -6.9.

Wilson also had the worst off-target percentage in the league according, to

The area Wilson struggled the most with was intermediate throws of 10-19 yards. In that area, Wilson’s completes 41% of his throws, second worst. His passer rating is 35 with seven interceptions, both worst in the NFL according to Next Gen Stats.

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“I think that he’s still very much playing like a college quarterback,” Cosell said. “He’s a little undisciplined.”

Cosell’s explanation for Wilson’s issues centered around fundamentals. Cosell viewed the rookie’s movement too loose at times.

“He needs to be much more precise with his drops and his sets. There’s not really a strong sense of timing to the way he’s played,” Cosell said. “He’s a young quarterback who came out of a program where he was able just to make plays. I think that he’s got to transition to being much more of a nuanced, detailed precision player to be consistently successful at the NFL level. He just needs to play with a lot more precision to his game.”

Orlovsky believes the accuracy issues revolve around aiming the football.

“It’s because he becomes a guider of the football and the short stuff, he aims the football,” Orlovsky said. “You gotta see it and trust it. You never want to guide the football. It looks like you’re trying to be almost exact and just run the ball out to that guy. When you’re trying to be so perfect and guide the football there, you can’t do that in the NFL.”

Orlovsky explained the superior alternative to pushing and aiming the ball.

“Ball placement over guiding the ball is paramount,” Orlovsky said. “Ball placement happens for a lot of different reasons. Having really good base, using the ground for accuracy and velocity. Making sure your upper body torque is great. Front shoulder pointed the right …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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