Is Rapoport correct about Zach Wilson?

There was a report last week on Zach Wilson that caused a stir:

“There would be a mutiny if Zach Wilson is QB1 again,” The Score’s Jordan Schultz said on The Pat McAfee Show. “It’s not gonna happen. … In speaking to some players on the team, his approach, or lack thereof, was not well regarded. Everyone knows this guy is super talented. He could be the franchise, but you want to see a lot more. Whether it’s late to meetings, screwing around in meetings, not having the right attitude, that’s what I gather.”

Schultz made a mistake in his report, which is unacceptable, and got destroyed for it: Wilson has never been late for meetings.

So by doing that, people dismissed his entire report.’s Ian Rapoport tweeted:  “The on-field product was not what anyone wanted. But Zach Wilson worked insanely hard, was on time, and did what was necessary to prepare.”

How does Rapoport know that Wilson works “insanely hard?” Wilson might, but how does Rapoport know? He’s around the team maybe once or twice a year.

Consider something former NFL GM Mike Lombardi said after Wilson was benched following the New England game:

“He’s not detailed enough or understands how to be detailed enough,” Lombardi said on VSIN. “I’m not saying he’s not going to get it, but it’s a process you have to go through and the preparation you need to play QB in the National Football League goes far beyond the 2.5 hours of practices you take to the field. I think there are other things in Zach Wilson’s life that kind of deter that from him.”

Wilson’s work ethic is probably somewhere in between the extremes of Rapoport and Lombardi.

Wilson does work hard, but perhaps he could work even harder, like a lot of young players.

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
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