Corey Davis Credit: Bill Moore photo

The New York Jets resume their schedule this Sunday on the road against the New England Patriots coming off of their bye week. They will get back to their growing pains as the team, particularly rookie head coach Robert Saleh and 22-year-old first-year quarterback Zach Wilson, continue their NFL educacion.

The 1-4 Jets last played in London, England two weekends ago, losing to the Atlanta Falcons
 27-20. Progress for Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in this past April’s draft, has been challenging. Having started every game, the BYU product is the 27th ranked quarterback in the league with the lowest passer rating (62.9) of any regular starter. Wilson’s nine interceptions are the most interceptions in the NFL. 

He hasn’t maximized former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis, who signed a three-year, $37.5 million deal with the Jets in March to provide Wilson a certified No. 1 wideout. Davis has been targeted just 36 times for 20 receptions and 302 yards, ranking him 49th in yardage among receivers.

Wilson’s fellow 2021 first round quarterbacks are also going through the difficulties of playing the position. Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 pick, and his Jacksonville Jaguars are 1-5. Like Wilson, Lawrence, from Clemson, also has a rookie head coach, Urban Meyer, although he’s had 18 years of head coaching experience at the collegiate level.

Trey Lance, from North Dakota State University, chosen by the San Francisco 49ers with the third pick, has seen limited on field action. He started one game due to an injury to the 49ers’ first-string QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Lance, who sustained a knee injury in his start, a 17-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 10, finished the game with 192 yards passing and a team-high 89 yards rushing. While Lance’s injury won’t have him sidelined for a long period, Garoppolo reportedly will be back in the starting role this Sunday.

Starting the season as a backup for the Chicago Bears, Justin Fields, from Ohio State, the 11th pick in the draft, received some run in the team’s first regular season game and in Week 2 after starter Andy Dalton was injured. Fields was named the starter in Week 3 after leading the Bears, currently 3-3, to a 20-17 win over the Cleveland Browns.

The Jets-Patriots matchup has Wilson and Mac Jones trying to lead their teams to wins. Jones, from Alabama, was chosen No. 15 by New England and was named the starting QB by head coach Bill Belichick at the end of August. An AFC division rival, Jones and the Patriots have already bested the Jets in Week 2 this season, a 25-6 Jets’ home loss.

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