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Zach Wilson: Trade From Jets to Broncos 'Bittersweet'

Former No. 2 overall NFL draft pick Zach Wilson never became the franchise savior with the New York Jets. Now, he's trying again with the Denver Broncos following an offseason trade.

But Wilson appears to be taking it all in stride.

"Obviously, there's bittersweet moments in everything," Wilson told reporters in his first comments since the April trade. "I was grateful for my experiences there and the guys. I miss the guys out there and everything too. But at the same time, a fresh start is good. I'm excited to attack a new challenge."

Basically, Wilson's tenure with the Jets didn't go as planned, with various factors contributing to his struggles. The lack of competition and support from the organization, coupled with his own challenges on the field, likely made for a tough start to his career. The comparison to other quarterbacks from his draft class who have already moved teams emphasizes the volatility and unpredictability of the NFL, especially for young quarterbacks.

It will be interesting to see how Wilson's career progresses with his new team, and if he can overcome the obstacles he faced in New York.

"Wilson, 24, did not play well when given the opportunity, throwing 23 touchdowns compared to 25 interceptions in 34 games (33 starts), including last year's eight-touchdown, seven-interception showing," wrote Matt Ehalt of the New York Post.

"The Jets also failed to provide a stable environment for Wilson during his time with the team, with offensive line issues and underwhelming offensive coordinators.

Although the Jets tried to play up the idea of Wilson learning as Aaron Rodgers' backup and then being ready to take the reins once Rodgers left town, that idea always seemed like it would be the best-case scenario rather than reality."

The Jets took Wilson with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.