Chicago Bears: Setting realistic expectations for Justin Fields in year one

Expectations in the NFL are necessary, especially when a franchise drafts a rookie quarterback. The same is the case for the Chicago Bears, who drafted Justin Fields with the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Throughout the offseason, Fields has continued to impress but Chicago’s coaching staff has yet to name Fields the starter.

The Bears know what they have in Fields. An immensely talented quarterback who’s been labeled a “generational talent” by Ohio State head coach Ryan Day. Fields has everything needed to win rookie of the year and with a 17 game season, there is certainly an opportunity to produce at a high level.

One rookie season Fields can replicate is that of Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert. The sixth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Herbert started 15 games as a rookie and passed for 31 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions, completing 66.5 percent of his passes. Should veteran Andy Dalton struggle, the Bears will be forced to play Fields sooner rather than later, giving Fields an opportunity to break rookie quarterback records for the Bears.

“Great things don’t happen all at once. I’m just going to be patient,” Fields said during the offseason. “I’ve been in this situation before where I’ve had to learn behind a guy, so this is nothing new for me. I’m just going to take it day by day, get better each and everyday. I’m going to trust coach Nagy and the whole coaching staff here to develop me and make me the best quarterback I can be.”

Fields will play at some point in 2021 but for now, the major question about when he’ll be named starter will continue to loom over the Bears. Each passing day means one day closer to Fields officially being named the starter. It’s not a matter of if but when meaning expectations in 2021 are higher than ever.

New York Yankees: 4 takeaways from a game and series they should have won

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The New York Yankees are in a race to the postseason; with time running out, the Yankees are going in the wrong direction. And yesterday was strong evidence of that. Gary Sanchez knocked in a season-high 6 RBIs, but the Yankees couldn’t pull out a win as they lost their second series in a row. What was so damaging about this series loss is that it was against the worst team in baseball.

What makes this so discouraging is the Yankees against the team with the worst pitching ERA; the Yankees could only muster up 16 hits across the 3 games. By comparison, the Tampa Bay Rays swept the O’s in their last meeting, and the Boston Red Sox outscored them 30-5. Over the last ten days, both the Rays and the Sox have winning records; the Yankees have a losing record making it almost a mathematical impossibility to win the East and putting their place in the wild card standing in jeopardy.

Kluber is still not where he needs to be

Corey Kluber had his second start after coming off the IL yesterday, and it wasn’t real pretty. Like his first start, he was hit often and couldn’t find that pitch to get hitters out. He gave up two runs and walked three in 3.2 innings. This is not totally unexpected after not pitching for nearly two years and more recently for the last three months. Nevertheless, the Yankees have to build up Kluber if they wish to have him available for the postseason.

After acquiring the 2 times Cy Young Award-winning pitcher in the offseason, Kluber got off to a slow start with the Yankees but eventually got much better even pitching the Yankees only no-hitter this season, their first in the last 22 years. The Yankees hope by the end of this month he will return to form.

Oh no, Heaney instead of Green

Yesterday morning I commented on Aaron Boone’s Friday night decision not to bring Clay Holmes back in to pitch the seventh inning after throwing only 18 pitches and striking out all four hitters he faced. Instead, he brought in Wandy Peralta, who allowed two runs and a loss in the game.

Yesterday Boone committed an even more egregious decision, bringing in Andrew Heaney in the seventh inning with the Yankees 7-4. Heaney has been nothing but undependable, and there is no way he earned the trust to be put in that situation. His ERA during August was 6.43. He only recorded one out, giving up four runs and the Yankee lead. He took the loss in the game. Boone, who finally used Chad Green in the eighth and ninth, proved my point by not allowing a hit. But Heaney’s damage was already done, causing them to lose the game and the series. Mr. Boone, you make decisions on the situation, not the inning.

Same ole Gleyber Torres

With the exciting energic play and superb defense of Andrew Velazquez, many New York Yankee fans weren’t all that happy to see Gleyber Torres return off the IL. Torres has been criticized for his less than energetic defense at short. Yesterday, that criticism came front and center when Gutierrez beat out Torres’s double-clutch throw for a single in the sixth inning. Mullins homered to right-center driving in two runs, making Torres’s bad throw even more egregious.

Gutierrez should have been thrown out; it would have been the third out of the inning, and Mullins wouldn’t have followed with two runs that may have cost the Yankees the game. All season long, coaches had been telling Torres that he has to charge the ball. Not only did he not do that, he actually took a step back then double-clutched the ball before tossing it to Rizzo, but it arrived late as Gutierrez just was safe. At least Torres took responsibility in an after-game interview, unfortunately, the Yankees cant’ afford excuses in a postseason run.

Wow, Mr. Sanchez

One of the Yankees’ most controversial players, Gary Sanchez, has been criticized for just about everything, from lack of hustle to far too many passed balls and striking out too often. In the shortened 2020 season, the catcher has a disastrous season hitting only .147. However, 2021 has been kinder to Sanchez; he is hitting .216 with 20 home runs.

Yesterday for at least one day, he was the Yankees’ MVP, bathing in the adulation of Yankee fans at Yankee Stadium. Sanchez, in the second inning with the bases, loaded hit a Grand Slam. Sanchez was not done. Gary Sanchez faced the new Orioles pitcher Marcos Diplan in the sixth inning and got his second homer of the game, a two-run shot. Unfortunately for Sanchez, his 6 RBIs on the day weren’t enough to save the Yankees from losing the game and the series.

 

New York Jets 2021 opponent report: Cincinnati Bengals

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Star-crossed franchises do battle on Halloween, as the New York Jets welcome Joe Burrow and the Bengals to East Rutherford.

The Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals
The Date: Week 7 (Sunday, October 31), 1 p.m. ET, CBS (@ NYJ)
The Series: Jets lead 17-10 (last meeting: 2019, 22-6 CIN)

The New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals are living up to their respective reputations as two of the NFL’s scariest franchises in the modern standings. Entering the 2021 season, the teams are the owners of the longest playoff droughts in football. New York has a sizable margin at ten years, while the Bengals are at five seasons alongside the Cardinals and Broncos. Cincinnati is also nursing the longest active streaks between conference title game appearances (32 years) and playoff victories (30).

It’s thus only appropriate that these doomed squads go head-to-head on Halloween.

If anything, these franchises whose respective timelines have been dominated with tricks appear to have a pair of treats working with them under center. Cincinnati is set to welcome back Joe Burrow, the top pick of the virtual draft in 2020, while the Jets are set to counter with Zach Wilson, the second overall pick from the most recent selections.

The Skinny On the Bengals

The Bengals’ rebuild has entered the stage where they’re eradicating the remnants of the closest thing Queen City has had to professional football glory days since a rare Super Bowl appearance a majority of their fanbase has only seen on YouTube.

Andy Dalton, Andrew Whitworth, Rey Maulaga, and Domata Peko had already vanished. More Cincinnati jerseys became outdated this offseason, as the team bid farewell to Geno Atkins, A.J. Green, Gio Bernard, and Carlos Dunlap. Only tight C.J. Uzomah is left over from the Bengals’ last playoff trip, 2016’s meltdown at Paul Brown (Stadium).

The operation is being overseen by head coach Zac Taylor, who is entering the all-important third year at the helm. Cincinnati is a historically patient franchise: Taylor is only the 10th man to wear the headset for the franchise in their five-plus decades and his predecessor lasted 16 years in the spot without a single playoff victory.

Cincinnati’s fortunes were expected to be reversed by the arrival of Burrow. The standings left much to be desired…the Bengals won twice in Burrow’s ten starts…but reached heights unscaled by not only Cincinnati quarterbacks but legends of the entire league. Burrow became the first NFL freshman to throw for 300 yards in three consecutive games as well as the first to tally 400 passing yards, three passing scores, and a rushing six-pointer in a single contest.

This being the Bengals, however, the good times weren’t made to last. Burrow suffered a devastating injury during a November loss in Washington and was forced into an extensive rehab. Time will tell if Burrow returns to his dominant form that earned him the Heisman and a national title at LSU. But he found ways to turn his rehab process into a building block for his potentially game-changing career. The procedure, he believes, afforded him a chance to fix some of the flaws that perhaps hid beneath the glitz and glamour of his football career to date.

“With my knee, it felt the same. But I tweak my throwing motion every offseason and tweak my base. It was actually kind of beneficial for me, because I really started from the beginning and was able to refine some things that needed refining,” Burrow told Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer about his offseason. “I’d like to be more explosive. And I think I was really good in quick-game situations. On fourth down, we were really good. Empty, we were really good. But we need to be more explosive with play-action passes. All of our downfield passing needs to improve.”

In addition to losing Burrow, the Bengals also lost top rusher Joe Mixon to a foot injury. The next generation of Cincinnati weaponry has presented itself through Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins, who united for 1,749 yards and 10 scores last season.

What’s New In Cincinnati? 

In addition to the high-profile arrival of receiver Ja’Marr Chase (chosen fifth in April), the Bengals had to spend their offseason accounting for the loss of several defensive starters, including pressure artist and Jet-to-be Carl Lawson…who, alas, will not partake in the reunion with Cincinnati due to injury.

Cincinnati signed Trey Hendrickson after a breakthrough season in New Orleans in the hopes of replacing Lawson’s pressure production. A revamped secondary welcomes depth options Ricardo Allen, Eli Apple, Chidobe Awuzie, and Mike Hilton, while Trae Waynes is a de facto newcomer after a pectoral injury cost him the entire 2020 season.

The Bengals’ revamped top defense looked good in the “take-it-with-a-grain-of-salt” summer sessions, allowing no points in two contests. Hendrickson was enthused by what he learned from defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo, who prides versatility in his front seven.

“It’s looking very unique of anything I’ve ever played before,” Hendrickson said of the defense to Ben Baby of ESPN after his first practices with the team in June. “I think it’s playing to both the defense and what I can bring to the table.”

How to Beat Them

-Make Them Pray for Penei

One of the most shocking twists of the draft was the Bengals’ curious decision to leave accomplished Oregon blocker Penei Sewell on the board in favor of Chase, one of Burrow’s favorite targets during the Tigers’ national championship run.

There’s no doubt that Chase has the potential to be an elite, big-play talent and that his victorious chemistry with Burrow could come up big as the team tries to drag back to mere football relevancy. But the Bengals learned the hard way that they need to find further protection for Burrow. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to pounce (pun intended) on the draft’s most powerful blocker, especially with one with experience on the blindside? Even when taking his season-ending injury into account, Burrow was still tied for ninth in sacks allowed.

The Bengals partly made up for passing on Sewell with the signing of Riley Reiff (who replaces the ineffective former Giant Bobby Hart) but the left side is guarded by tackle Jonah Williams and guard Quinton Spain. Williams is a first-round pick from 2019 that has had trouble staying healthy while Spain takes on larger duties after losing a competition against Cody Ford and Brian Winters in Buffalo.

The Jets won’t have the services of Lawson but it’s going to be crucial to attack Burrow’s blindside and make the Bengals regret their fateful decision. It’ll be a particularly big chance for those lining up on the outside, ready to attack the already vulnerable Bengal backfield.

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-Do It For Carl

One of the Lawson-centric metrics Jets fans are probably sick of…or can’t get enough of…seeing is the fact that Lawson was one of only 11 defenders to reach double-figures (10.5) in the “Sacks Created” advanced category. That number becomes downright jaw-dropping when a look at the defensive rankings reveals that the Bengals earned a mere 17 sacks last season…the worst output in the league.

There would be, perhaps, no better tribute to Lawson than to make the Bengals realize just how much they miss Lawson. That’ll come down to the offensive line working against Cincinnati’s adjusted pass rush. The Bengals also drafted Texas’ Joseph Ossai in the third round (29 tackles over the last two seasons), but he’s starting the season on injured reserve and could be out the whole year. Much like the Bengals will look to take advantage of the Jets’ fledgling, developing secondary, the Jets must take advantage of a Queen City pass rush searching for clarity and momentum.

If anyone knows just how deadly a Cincinnati pass rush attack can be. In their last get-together in November 2019…when the Jets fell to an 0-11 Bengals squad…Sam Darnold was sacked four times and knocked down nine more: six times alone by Dunlap and one further time by Lawson himself. The Bengals’ visit with a new quarterback to protect is a big chance to show how far they’ve come.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

WATCH: Knicks’ Julius Randle has ‘most impressive weekend of workouts I’ve had all off-season’

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The off-season for New York Knicks All-Star power forward Julius Randle is just an extension of the regular season. Working out diligently to improve his weaknesses and further strengthen his primary qualities is just part of Randle’s new regimen after his best season to date in 2021.

Randle was the reason the Knicks made the postseason and secured the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference, playing in 71 games and averaging over 37 minutes per contest. The 26-year-old posted career-highs in points, rebounds, and assists last season but is looking to improve even further after signing a fresh four-year extension with the Knicks.

The front office and Randle connected on a four-year, $117 million deal, opening up a max contract down the road for another star player, keeping his cap-hit under $30 million per season. However, despite taking a more team-friendly deal, Randle continues to work in the lab, showcasing his crisp fundamentals and work ethic.

Randle spent the weekend working with Chris Joseph Brickley, an NBA skills trainer who stated the session was “one of the most impressive weekend of workouts I’ve had all off-season.”

Randle looks visibly thinner and leaner, which may suggest a faster and lighter approach to his game this upcoming season. Randle dominated with a more physical and imposing frame, but leaning out a bit could contribute to quicker pull-up jumpers and speed from the perimeter to the basket. It could also suggest they want Randle to feature specifically in his preferred power forward role rather than a small center, which Obi Toppin could find himself gravitating toward.

However, his shooting efficiency and form are what pop out the most from the workout video. If he can build upon his stellar 2021-22 campaign and pair his scoring talents with the acquisitions of Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier, the Knicks could find themselves with one of the best offenses in basketball, barring injury.

New York Giants: 3 keys to beating the Denver Broncos in Week 1

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The New York Giants are gearing up to take on the Denver Broncos in Week 1, and while virtually all of their offensive weapons are clawing their way back from injury, there’s optimism some will be available. With John Ross being placed on injured reserve this past week and Kenny Golladay still unsure if he will be available, QB Daniel Jones must prepare for the reality that his arsenal may be without a few weapons.

It’s entirely possible head coach Joe Judge is keeping the injury designation for their top players under the table, restricting Denver from gaining a competitive advantage. Forcing them to game-plan for multiple different players and combinations could cause issues with their defense. Judge will provide injury updates early this upcoming week, but they will likely avoid updates regarding Golladay, Saquon Barkley, and Kadarius Toney until the final moments.

Three keys for the New York Giants to beat Denver:

1.) Daniel Jones must avoid bad decisions

After witnessing an ugly red-zone interception in the Giants’ final pre-season game against the New England Patriots, it’s clear QB Daniel Jones is still prone to making poor decisions. Jones has 22 total interceptions and 29 fumbles over two professional seasons, and unless he can alleviate these turnovers, Jones will once again by battling himself on a weekly basis.

However, Jones did enjoy a three-game stretch last season before suffering a hamstring injury where he didn’t turn the ball over one, indicating he’s capable of playing safe and efficient football. Against a tantalizing Broncos defense, Jones must stay safe and live to see another down. If he can accomplish that, there’s no question Jones has the ability to be the catalyst for the Giants in Week 1.

2.) The offensive line must stand their ground

Everything boils down to the Giants’ offensive line, including Jones’s ball security and decision-making. With Shane Lemieux in limbo before Week 1 and a position battle still unsettled at right tackle, there’s no telling who will be starting the season in the trenches. We can make educated assumptions that Andrew Thomas, Will Hernandez, and Nick Gates will all be featuring, but the acquisition of Ben Bredeson and Billy Price have complicated things a bit.

The front office being forced to send draft picks for unestablished OL talent right before opening day is a bit problematic, and expecting this unit to hold their ground against Von Miller and Bradley Chubb is a tough sell. If they can give Jones just enough time to get the ball out of his hands, the offense should have some success but expect a heavy running attack against Denver.

3.) The defense must hold Denver to sub-20 points

The Giants will likely have to rely on their defense in Week 1 as the offense works out its kinks and figures out their offensive line woes. The defense was the pride and joy of Big Blue in 2020, holding opposing teams to just 22.3 points on average. With Denver electing to go with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, the Giants will have to send plenty of blitzers to disrupt his vision and ability to read the coverages. The return of Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines should aid in that goal, but it ultimately boils down to winning the turnover battle and winning time of possession.

Since the Giants averaged less than 20 points per game last season, we are using that standard for the defense’s performance. If Denver stays under 20 points on the afternoon, the Giants will have a far better chance at victory.

NASCAR: Kyle Larson second at Darlington after attempting Carl Edwards-esque video game move

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson had by far the two best cars in Sunday’s Southern 500. The two drivers combined to lead 302 of the 367 laps at Darlington Raceway with both drivers completely classing the field throughout the race.

That being said, it was only fitting that the top-2 points earners this season, who just so happen to be great friends, were battling for the win in one of NASCAR Cup Series crown jewel races.

Hamlin beat out Larson on a restart with 36 laps to go and jumped out to a 1-second lead. Larson maintained a close distance behind Hamlin but couldn’t seemingly put together fast enough laps to cut into his defecit.

With one lap to go, Hamlin held a comfortable lead over Larson. It appeared that Hamlin would easily secure his first victory of the season to punch his ticket into the Round of 12 in the Cup Series Playoffs.

Instead, Kyle Larson decided to make it interesting. Hamlin ran an agressive line into turn 3 on the final lap when Kyle Larson came flying from behind him and into the wall. Larson tried to pin his way past Hamlin up in the top groove, but Hamlin blocked him to hold on and win the race.

“I got to his bumper too quick. I was hoping he was going to run the diamond to be safe and I could [hopefully] squirt to his outside,” Larson told NBC’s Marty Snider. “I didn’t want to wreck him, I just wanted to try and get to his outside there. He did a great job of not making any mistakes there on that last run”.

Larson tried to pull a “video game move” notably made by Carl Edwards back in 2008. Edwards tried to slingshot below Jimmie Johnson in a race at Kansas Motor Speedway while racing for a win, but ended up unsuccessful much like Larson at Darlington.

Larson’s move almost ended similarly to another incident involving Carl Edwards. Back in a 2011 Xfinity Series race at Iowa, Edwards ran in second place to teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. With one lap to go, Stenhouse Jr. blew up and started dropping fluid while exiting the final corner. Edwards hit the fluid and wobbled out of control, plowing into Stenhouse Jr. from behind and serving as a winning push for the then-young star.

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to action next Saturday at Richmond Raceway.

5 New York Jets who could make the leap into the NFL Top 100

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Corey Davis, an active New York Jet, appeared in NFL Network’s annual late-summer rankings. Who’s on pace to join him?

As a team struggling to gain traction and stability on the national football scene, the New York Jets will take any form of visible signs of improvement and stability. NFL Network’s annual countdown of the best 100 players from the prior season provided some welcome advancement.

In the annual rankings hosted by the network and determined by the league’s players, Jets receiver Corey Davis came home 91st. Last year’s postings, annually released in late August, featured no active Jets; their lone representative (safety Jamal Adams) had been traded to the Seattle Seahawks by the time the rankings were unveiled.

Who could potentially earn the respect of their peers next to Davis in 2022’s list? ESM investigates…

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One of Joe Douglas’ most fateful moves to date has been the choosing of Mekhi Becton with the 11th overall selection of his first draft. The selection was called controversial at the time…the Jets left several elite receiving prospects on the board…but Becton has provided a solid foundation and has become a reliable anchor for an offensive wall set to protect treasured skill players.

The lack of conventional, numerical statistics makes it hard for offensive linemen to leave their mark in the Top 100. This year’s list featured only a dozen blocking representatives, the highest being Indianapolis guard Quinton Nelson at No. 33. But the arrival of Becton could commence a green offensive resolution in New York, even if his contributions won’t appear in the box score. Such contributions cannot and should not go unnoticed.

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S Marcus Maye

In the midst of metropolitan chaos, Maye emerged as a leader in the secondary and, at the very least made sure the Jets made regular appearances in SportsCenter‘s Top 10. His efforts were rewarded with the Team MVP award named after Curtis Martin.

Maye, however, is still left with something to prove enter the 2021 season: a long-term contract was not to be, a franchise tag bestowed in its place. At only 28, Maye is an elder statesman in New York circles as the longest-tenured Jet entering his fifth season). He looks downright ancient in the secondary after the Jets’ recent transactions bid farewell to third-year man Bless Austin in an effort to highlight rookie selections. If Maye can succeed in a larger role, he can earn not only the expensive, lengthy contract he desires but a spot amongst the Top 100 as well.

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WR Elijah Moore

Could Moore join his fellow New York newcomer Davis in the Top 100? It’s certainly possible if he lives up to the hype that followed him from Mississippi.

It’s been a long time since the Jets had a consistent, lasting, homegrown, big-play threat. In fact, there haven’t been many efforts in finding one: at 34th overall, Moore was the highest receiver who heard his name called by the Jets since Santana Moss went 16th in 2001’s opening round.

Moore is expected to become one of the biggest faces of the Jets’ offensive makeover. He already has an Offensive Rookie of the Year vote from former collegiate teammate A.J. Brown. The Tennessee Titans star appeared in the 62nd slot in the most recent list.

“I (saw) him working out, I know what he wanted to do. I know the dreams he has. He’s going to go crazy this year with the Jets,” Brown said in an appearance on the Raw Room podcast earlier this summer. “He’s a real sleeper. I would put my money on him for Offensive Rookie of the Year over anybody. I ain’t even discrediting the guys who went in front of him, but yeah, ain’t nobody messing with him … Nobody that came out (of the draft is) messing with him.”

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Carl Lawson would’ve been a prime candidate to appear on 2022’s Top 100 list, but the football gods had other plans. The deities of the gridiron continued to toy with the Jets’ front seven after Lawson was lost for the season, likewise taking away Vinny Curry for the whole year and Jarrad Davis for the five-week slate prior to the Jets’ open date.

Thus, Williams has a prime opportunity to put the “V” in MVP, as he’ll take on a leadership role while the Jets’ defenders try to tread water. The third overall pick of the 2019 draft enjoyed a breakthrough season with a team-best seven sacks last season. If the Jets’ defense is able to hold opposing offenses in check while Lawson heals, it’ll no doubt come with a healthy dose of Williams’ antics.

Williams remembered a special source of inspiration toward his sense of leadership going into the 2021 season: late NBA star Kobe Bryant.

“The No. 1 thing he told me: Nobody’s going to follow someone who’s not doing their job,” Williams told team reporter Jack Bell in March. “And that was the main thing that stuck with me. You got to set in stone that you’re a dominant player first. You got to go in there and take over and make sure everybody knows like whenever Q says something or whenever this person says something, they’re going to automatically follow because they see you doing the right thing, they see you doing everything first.”

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QB Zach Wilson

If one were ranking a Top 100 players of the 2021 NFL preseason, one would undoubtedly have to consider two crucial factors: first, seek help, because you’re ranking 100 players from the NFL preseason. But if you were to continue such a fruitless endeavor, Wilson would undoubtedly appear in the top ten, maybe even the first three or five slots.

The indifference and irrelevance bestowed toward preseason statistics notwithstanding, it’s hard not to at least be excited over Wilson after his summer slate. New York scored on four of Wilson’s six preseason possessions (all but one of which ended in opposing territory) and his passer rating of 137.7 would’ve led all passers had he partaken in the final exhibition game against Philadelphia.

We’ve seen first-year quarterbacks immediately launch themselves into the players’ Top 100 through awe-inspiring freshman showings. Chargers selection Justin Herbert (No. 56) was the revered rookie this time around, following in the footsteps of recent entries Baker Mayfield (2019), Dak Prescott (2017), and Robert Griffin III (2013).

Perhaps unfairly, the Jets’ long-awaited turnaround is going to be judged by the performance of Wilson, the latest entry to the team’s everlasting audition to replace Joe Namath. Even with the undeniable improvements from the rock-bottom endeavors of 2020, making the playoffs is going to be a tall task for Gang Green. If Wilson starts his career on the right note, his peers must take notice.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags