Twitter Erupts Over Polarizing Zach Wilson Comparison

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Getty New York Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson running for his life versus the Houston Texans.

Sunday, November 28 marked the first time Zach Wilson played a down for the New York Jets since the Week 7 matchup versus the New England Patriots.

It was a so-so performance for the former No. 2 overall pick who returned from a four-game absence against the Houston Texans.

The former BYU stud was 14-of-24 for 145 passing yards with a horrible interception. He also contributed the first rushing score of his career.

After an uneven effort, social media has erupted with prisoner of the moment takes on what they believe Wilson is and what he will ultimately become.

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Of course, the natural thing to do after seven starts for a rookie is to determine whether he is a Pro Football Hall of Famer or a bust. Or at least that is what Twitter tells us.

After the game Jets beat reporter DJ Bien-Aime decided to stir the social media pot by tweeting that he believes Wilson’s ceiling is Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

The veteran is in the midst of his eighth professional season and despite the negative perception of him as a player, Carr has put up video game numbers during his career:

  • 30,310 passing yards
  • 187 touchdowns to 80 interceptions
  • 64.7 career completion percentage

Entering this year he has thrown for over 4,000 yards in three consecutive seasons and is on pace to do that once again in 2021.

Speaking of this season, the 30-year old currently leads the league in passing through 12 weeks of play.

Carr has also thrown for at least 21 passing touchdowns in every season except one and is once again on pace to accomplish that feat.

Social Media Erupts Over Polarizing Comparison

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After sending that tweet, all sides of social media crawled out to share their take on DJ’s opinion:

Ex-Jets defensive stud and current analyst Leger Douzable believes Jets fans would embrace that comparison if Wilson ultimately becomes that.

While others were appalled by the comparison, questioning what world would that even be possible in?

Jets analyst Will Parkinson brings up some astute observations on Carr. He has been an MVP frontrunner, despite being surrounded with questionable talent and coaching throughout his career.

Although what is so interesting about this comparison is its’ polarizing nature. Some people love Carr and some people despise him. If you looked up polarizing in the dictionary, a picture of Carr would likely be there.

Regardless of the side of the fence that you reside on, he is objectively a massively underrated player who seems to be overlooked all the time by fans.

The former three-time Pro Bowler has been a very good quarterback that hasn’t been able to get over the hump for one reason or another. He has never been considered the best or even among the top five in the NFL, but he continues to produce year in and year out.

Would you be satisfied if the former No. 2 overall pick has a ceiling of the current Raiders’ quarterback? Let us know in the comments below.

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