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Former second overall pick Ryan Leaf trolled a fan for comparing him to New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson.
It’s been a bad last few days for New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson. He threw for just 77 yards and threw just nine completions in the team’s demoralizing 10-3 loss to the rival New England Patriots. After the game, Wilson didn’t exactly help his cause when he said he didn’t feel like he let the defense down.
On Monday, head coach Robert Saleh revealed that they would be evaluating the starting quarterback position heading into their Week 12 game against the Chicago Bears. On Wednesday, Saleh announced that Wilson would not be the starter, instead giving the nod to Mike White.
Prior to the announcement, the top 13 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft were circulated across social media as to who the Jets would move on to draft Wilson at the No. 2 spot. One Jets fan responded to the tweet, saying “really can’t believe we picked Mormon Ryan Leaf.”
That fan then received notification that Leaf, the former second overall pick in 1998 by the then-San Diego Chargers, replied to their tweet. Leaf said, “Yes you can, you’re the Jets. It’s what you do.”
Ryan Leaf trolled Jets fan after Zach Wilson comparison
The fans decided to send a reply to Leaf which included a profanity. Leaf responded to the fan again, saying, “I’ve had a better life than Jets fans for the last decade and spent three of those years in jail, respectfully, of course.”
Well, that fan had a day on Twitter they’ll never forget.
Leaf, of course, was selected right after the Indianapolis Colts selected Peyton Manning with the No. 1 overall pick. In his four-year career, Leaf recorded 3,666 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and 36 interceptions on a 48.4 completion percentage in 25 games. In 21 starts, Leaf posted a 4-17 win-loss record. He is considered to be one of the biggest busts in NFL history.
Wilson may not have entered that realm yet, but his play this year has been alarming. It all came to a head against the Patriots when he couldn’t hit his targets, especially knocking them over on checkdowns. To make matters worse, the Jets ran the ball more times (10) than Wilson threw a completion (9).
On the year, Wilson threw for 1,279 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 55.6 percent of his passes. He has a 5-2 record as a starter this season, with the two losses both coming against the Patriots.
Last year, White helped lead the Jets to an upset victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Jets fans will see if he can repeat that magic when they take on the Bears.