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Zach Wilson gets chance with Broncos starters — and it didn’t go well

Zach Wilson was reliving Jets memories at the Broncos’ practice.

The Denver Post reported: Wilson appeared “shaken.” He struggled to find a rhythm during Tuesday’s organized team activities (OTAs), and more specifically during 11-on-11 drills with the first team.

Zach Wilson struggled in his first experience with the No. 1 offense. AP

One play in particular looked a lot like one from the former No. 2 overall pick’s time with the Jets.

Wilson was caught off guard by a blitz from Ja’Quan McMillian from the corner and released the ball, only for it to be intercepted by safety P.J. Locke.

Wilson also overthrew wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. on a deep route, fumbled running back Javonte Williams on a short pass and had a throw to wide receiver Brandon Johnson intercepted by cornerback Damari Mathis.

The report said Wilson’s best throw of the day was a comeback route to Mims, and his arm strength was notable.

Wilson’s overall performance during OTAs with Denver was classified as inconsistent.

A three-way competition for the team’s starting spot is in its early stages between Wilson, whom the Jets traded to Denver this offseason, incumbent Jarrett Stidham and rookie Bo Nix.

Coach Sean Payton said he remains impressed with Wilson’s ability to put the offense together.

“When Jarrett came [Stidham]”The adjustment from iPhone to Android was pretty big,” Payton said, “whereas with Zach, there’s some similarity in how we call things. They picked up on it right away.”

According to the report, Stidham worked well with the second-team offensive line, delivering accurate passes underneath to his receivers in quick succession.

Zach Wilson will have a chance to compete for the starting quarterback spot with rookie first-round draft picks Bo Nix and Jarrett Stidham. Getty Images
Denver Broncos quarterbacks coach Davis Webb (right) talks with quarterback Zach Wilson. AP

Nicks was the No. 12 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and reportedly played consistently with the third team.

Nicks played collegiately at Auburn and Oregon and entered the league at age 24, so he’s likely to be given an opportunity to start at some point early in the season.

Nicks finished the 2023 season with the Ducks completing 77.4% of his passes while throwing for 4,508 yards, 45 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

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