Jets GM Joe Douglas followed through on his promise -- now Zach Wilson has to do the same

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Zach Wilson throwing on the run green unis
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Zach Wilson told SNY’s Jeane Coakley this right after the Jets drafted him second overall:

“There’s really nothing to say. One of my things is work in silence and let success be your noise. I think that’s the perfect thing to do in this situation. You don’t need to say anything. Just give us a couple of years and we’re going to figure it out. I promise we’re gonna be there soon.”

It was the type of answer everyone expected from Wilson, who isn’t too boisterous or animated when in front of the camera. He’s someone that just wants to win – someone that wants to prove doubters wrong about him and the Jets.

It's time to own up to that promise.

GM Joe Douglas took an Adrian Beltre, knee-to-the-ground hack at the NFL offseason and hit a grand slam. Not only did he crush it in free agency, landing players like C.J. Uzomah, Tyler Conklin, Laken Tomlinson, Jordan Whitehead and more while not crushing the Jets' finances, he also might have had the best draft class in the NFL.

Sauce Gardner, Garrett Wilson and Jermaine Johnson were his first-round picks. And then, he traded up once again in the second round to nab Breece Hall, arguably the best running back in this class. Douglas even added to the tight end room more with Jeremy Ruckert in the third round.

Just like that, the Jets’ roster is loads better than it was in 2021, and there is just this feeling that “good football is approaching,” as New York Daily News’ DJ Bien-Aime said to me on Twitter during the draft.

For that to happen, though, Wilson needs to follow through on that promise. Because “soon” is right now.

Douglas did his part. He knew weapons were needed for Wilson to succeed, and he added an elite wideout to pair with Corey Davis and Elijah Moore, a speedy running back to go with Michael Carter and the re-signed Tevin Coleman, and a brand new tight end room that has shown production in this league.

As for the offensive line, Douglas wasn’t too quick to draft someone that could go in right away, as fourth-rounder Max Mitchell, a tackle, is considered depth right now. He clearly believes in George Fant, who performed well in 2021, and Mekhi Becton, who had a tumultuous Year 2. The addition of Tomlinson, though, will be big as the Jets are set at guard with Alijah Vera-Tucker manning the left side beautifully in his rookie campaign last year.

Jan 9, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Basically, Wilson has everything he needs to get the job done on Sundays. Of course, it’s up to offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur to scheme it up properly. But as for the execution, it’ll be on the 22-year-old wunderkind from BYU to make it look like poetry in motion.

Now, we’re not asking Wilson to automatically look like Aaron Rodgers in the pocket because Douglas gave him everything he needed. But it’s not a stretch to say that the Jets should definitely be more competitive from the jump in 2022, and that 4-13 record that graced their stat sheet last season – something fans are all too familiar with – should be improved.

Wilson said to give the Jets a couple of years. Thanks to Douglas, it might just be one year of building the right roster around the franchise quarterback.

It’s up to him now.