Colin Cowherd makes absurd Zach Wilson-Johnny Manziel comparison

Zach Wilson hasn’t even played in a preseason game, but that hasn’t stopped Colin Cowherd from comparing him to the NFL’s ultimate cautionary tale.

“Zach Wilson reminds me a little too much of Johnny Manziel,” Cowherd said Tuesday on “The Herd,” after the 2021 second-overall pick threw two interceptions in the Green & White scrimmage Saturday night. “Small, cocky and comes from wealth.”

Although both quarterbacks may be smaller than some signal-callers, the comparison has some holes in it.

Manziel infamously lasted just two seasons in the NFL following off-field issues, whereas there have been no signs of Wilson struggling in that department. There also hasn’t been any indication of Wilson being “cocky,” as Cowherd said.

It’s not unusual for rookie quarterbacks to struggle during training camp, and even the 22-year-old Wilson described his scrimmage performance as “not great.”

“For most rookies, it’s going to get worse before it gets better,” Jets head coach Robert Saleh said Monday. “It is what it is. There’s a lot of things that happen. There’s a reason why being a rookie is hard in this league. There was a Hall of Famer yesterday [Peyton Manning] that was inducted that had a 71 quarterback rating his rookie year. It’s not easy to play quarterback in this league as a rookie.”

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