Imagine Zach Wilson hitting that crazy cross shot at BYU’s Pro Day run in a Jets game.
Sam Darnold doesn’t have to because he already has.
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, a former safety who also spent 13 seasons searching for the Washington soccer team and the Eagles, said on Twitter Saturday that Jets fans who think Wilson is the panacea and Darnold the problem in these last three seasons are kidding themselves. .
To do so, he pulled out a video clip of Darnold throwing a very Wilson-like pitch that had Jets fans drool on Friday.
Against the 49ers in Week 2 of the 2020 season, Darnold took a shotgun snap, shuffled to the right, fought through a sack around his hips, held his feet after nearly tripping, rolled to the left and threw through his body a 30-Time Braxton Berrios landing in the yard.
Darnold’s pitch didn’t travel as far as Wilson’s one that stopped NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah in his tracks during the Pro Day broadcast and caused the projected No. 1 overall pick, Trevor Lawrence, to tweet “sheesh!” over the top of the video.
But Darnold’s was against an 11-man NFL defense live, not when he and his only receiver were the only ones running the field.
“But I thought this kind of release had never been done before yesterday …” Riddick wrote with the rolling eyes emoji.
He added: “Some of you really think the Jets would have been good if it weren’t for Sam Darnold messing it up, huh? You really act like he’s holding your team back. Funny.”
The two trades made on Friday (the 49ers moved up to No. 3 in the draft, the Dolphins dropped to No. 6, and the Eagles dropped to No. 12) seem to indicate that the rest of the league knows the Jets are ready to draft. to Wilson. in the N. 2 and go from Darnold. The 49ers and Eagles should get a feel for the Jets’ plans because of their ties to coach Robert Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas, respectively.