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Zach Wilson ‘in the mix’ for Broncos starting QB role despite Jets nightmare

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Zach Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos earlier this offseason after three disastrous seasons with the New York Jets, and is now in the mix to be the team’s starting quarterback

Zach Wilson is ‘in the mix’ to start for the Denver Broncos next season(2024 Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos are mulling over the idea of having Zach Wilson as their starting quarterback next season.

The former New York Jets player is ‘in the mix’ alongside newly drafted Bo Nix, who the Broncos used their No. 12 pick on earlier this year. In a trade deal, the Broncos acquired Wilson and a 2024 seventh-round pick (No. 256) from the Jets in return for a 2024 sixth-round pick (No. 203).




Wilson was the No. 2 pick from BYU back in 2021, but after three tough seasons with the Jets, his departure was seen as the best move for all involved. Broncos head coach Sean Payton hasn’t made his quarterback selection yet, and it’s likely he’ll make a decision closer to the start of the 2024 season.

However, according to Bleacher Report, Wilson is very much in contention to kick off the new season as their No. 1. Denver is working on rebuilding Wilson’s confidence, which took a hit during his time at the Jets, particularly after he had to step up following a season-ending injury to Aaron Rodgers.

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The Jets had hoped that Wilson would learn from observing Rodgers and then take over once the veteran retired, but Rodgers’ unexpected injury dismantled that plan. Right from the very start Wilson was thrown into the deep end after being drafted in 2021, making 13 starts in his rookie season and going 3-10.

The following year he made just nine starts as his confidence began to wane, and there were several instances where Wilson was a healthy scratch on the gameday roster. Despite ending that year with a 5-4 record, it was clear that Wilson would be benched for a while when the Jets traded for Rodgers.

However, fans were left stunned when Rodgers’ season ended abruptly after just four snaps due to a torn Achilles in Week 1. Throughout the summer before, Wilson had been training as a No. 2, fully committed to their plan of learning from Rodgers before taking over in the future.

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