Brock Purdy in dangerous position after 49ers reignite interest in Zach Wilson: “Should start him over Purdy”

The New York Jets pinned their hopes on Zach Wilson as a franchise quarterback, but his performance fell short of expectations. The team later acquired Aaron Rodgers to lead them in the 2023 season. However, Wilson was thrust back into action after Rodgers suffered a season-ending injury.

Wilson got his starting spot back, but he couldn’t meet the mark. The Jets are poised to part ways with him, with the San Francisco 49ers expressing interest. This leaves Brock Purdy in a precarious position due to the impact of the quarterback shuffle.

49ers contemplating Zach Wilson acquisition

The 49ers’ reported interest in signing Zach Wilson is fueling the NFL offseason rumor mill. The 49ers are keeping an eye on BYU’s second-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft as they assess their quarterback situation ahead of the upcoming season.

Sam Darnold, the backup quarterback for the 49ers, is about to become a free agent, and the team must decide whether to keep him on the roster or not. Although keeping Darnold would be ideal, they may have to look into other options due to budgetary constraints. They are now thinking about adding Wilson to their quarterback depth as a result of this.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano also highlighted the 49ers as one of the intriguing options for Wilson, via YardBarker. Both head coach Kyle Shanahan and former 49ers passing game coordinator turned Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur have connections to Wilson. It potentially makes San Francisco an appealing destination for the young quarterback.

However, the Jets may not receive a significant return on investment for Wilson if they decide to trade him. Reports suggest that a potential package for him could fetch as little as a sixth- or seventh-round draft pick in return. Zach Wilson completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,271 yards, with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions in the 2023 season.

Fans compare Zach Wilson and Brock Purdy

Zach Wilson has shown flashes of potential, but his inconsistency and turnover-prone play have raised questions about his long-term viability as a franchise quarterback. However, the signal-caller has showcased his ability to thrive under pressure with several fourth-quarter comebacks and game-winning drives.

The prospect of Wilson flourishing under the guidance of Kyle Shanahan has fueled comparisons between him and Brock Purdy. The debate stirred, especially given their shared attributes of smaller stature and mobility.

A fan wrote, “He’s better than Purdy tbh.”

However, Purdy’s journey from being the first “Mr. Irrelevant” in NFL history to leading his team to the Super Bowl final as a starting quarterback is nothing short of remarkable. The former Lowa State University graduate’s inaugural full season as a starter saw him shatter Jeff Garcia’s single-season passing record for the franchise. Wilson amassed 4,280 passing yards along with 31 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions in 18 games.

However, there remains a vocal faction of fans advocating for Wilson to take the helm.

A user wrote, “They should start him over Purdy!!!”

Nevertheless, others argue that Purdy’s seasoned approach and ability to dissect defenses set him apart from Wilson.

Another fan wrote, “If you watched Purdy all year, Wilson is not in the same universe. He can’t process defenses like Purdy does. His footwork is poor. He can improve with a good quarterback coach. It will be all about the money!”

Both quarterbacks will continue to evolve in their careers, and the debate will likely persist. Whom do you support in this debate?


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Maliha is an insightful sports writer with over a year of experience focusing on the NFL. Initially venturing into both NFL and NBA coverage, her journey began without a particular affinity for American football. However, her passion for the sport blossomed as she started following football more. Now, a huge NFL fan, Maliha meticulously follows every development within the league. She always wants to ensure her analysis is comprehensive and up-to-date to fellow readers.


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