LOCALS IN THE NFL

Peyton Manning Reached Out To Zach Wilson, Welcomed Him To Denver

Apr 24, 2024, 12:43 PM | Updated: Apr 25, 2024, 10:18 am

Peyton Manning Denver Broncos Zach Wilson...

DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 08: NFL Hall of Fame member Peyton Manning looks on before the game between the New York Jets and Denver Broncos at Empower Field At Mile High on October 08, 2023 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

DENVER – Former Broncos QB and NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning reached out to Zach Wilson following the trade to welcome the former BYU Cougar to Denver.

In an interview with Denver Sports, Manning spoke on Wilson’s start with the Jets and what’s to come in the Mile High City.

Manning said that he thinks the Denver coaching staff will benefit Wilson who clearly has the talent to be an NFL QB.

“(Zach Wilson) will get coached hard by Sean Payton and his staff,” Manning said. “It’s important for young quarterbacks to be coached hard. He’s obviously very talented. I’ve never met Zach but I got his number from the Broncos and reached out to him and welcomed him to Denver.”

Wilson’s first three years in New York were filled with turmoil.

He played under two offensive coordinators and saw constant change with both the roster and scheme.

Manning looked back on the start of his career, as well as Tom Brady’s, and pointed out that they both had the one thing that Wilson hasn’t had. Consistency.

“The change of scenario for Zach Wilson I think is going to be a good one,” Manning said. “The best way to screw a young quarterback up is to change coordinators on him every single year. I think it’s a great chapter two for Zach.”

New York Jets Trade QB Zach Wilson To Denver Broncos

The New York Jets traded former BYU Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson to the Denver Broncos on Monday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

After three rough years with the Jets, the former BYU star is reportedly headed to Broncos Country and Mile High.

“A new QB in Denver: The #Jets are trading former No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson to the #Broncos, per sources. Denver is expect to send a 2024 sixth-round pick to New York for Wilson and a 2024 seventh-rounder, with the teams dividing his guaranteed camp roster bonus,” Pelissero posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

About Zach Wilson

Before his time in the NFL, the Corner Canyon High School product had a standout career at BYU. Wilson helped the Cougars to an 11-1 record during his final season in Provo.

Following his college career, the Jets selected Wilson with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Corner Canyon product entered his rookie season as the Jets’ starting quarterback. Wilson experienced multiple knee injuries that caused him to miss games during his first two seasons.

Midway through his sophomore NFL season, the Jets benched Wilson. After returning to the lineup later in the year, Wilson was benched again.

He entered the 2023 season as Aaron Rodger’s backup. However, Rodgers went down with a season-ending injury a few plays into New York’s first game. Wilson was thrust back into the starting lineup for a team that showed the same flaws from past seasons.

Late in 2023, Wilson was benched for the third time in his career. He returned to the field a couple of weeks later after the Jets found no success with their other quarterbacks. Wilson suffered a concussion the following week and didn’t play for the remainder of the regular season. The former BYU star missed New York’s final three games and the Jets finished with a 7-10 record, missing the playoffs for a 13th straight year.

In his third season, Wilson threw for 2,271 yards, eight touchdowns, and seven interceptions with a completion percentage of 60.1. He also ran for 211 yards.

During his three years in the league, the former BYU star has thrown for 6,293 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 25 interceptions with a 57.0 percent completion rate. He’s added 498 yards and five touchdowns with his legs.

Are you on Threads yet? Let’s connect, give us a follow @kslsports

Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

Want more coverage of Zach Wilson and the Denver Broncos? Take us with you, wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

Locals In the NFL

utah-football-runs-out-of-tunnel-during-college-football-game-2023...

Michelle Bodkin

Best Trips To Double Dip On Utah Football, NFL Games

Utah football starts their inaugural season in the Big 12 which conveniently opens some doors to double dip on an NFL game as well.

5 days ago

Zack Moss former Utah Utes RB Cincinatti Bengals Reds first pitch...

Chandler Holt

Former Utah RB Zack Moss Throws First Pitch At Cincinnati Reds Game

Bengals RB and former Utah star Zack Moss threw the first pitch at the Cincinnati Reds game against the Diamondbacks.

12 days ago

Zach-Wilson-Jets-Broncos-NFL...

Kyle Ireland

Report: Zach Wilson Switches Jersey Number For Broncos’ Rookie QB

Zach Wilson switched his jersey number with his team after the Denver Broncos drafted Bo Nix, according to Mike Klis of 9 News.

12 days ago

Kingsley-Suamataia-BYU-Cougars-Football...

Kyle Ireland

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce Praises New Teammate Kingsley Suamataia

Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce praised his new teammate and former BYU Cougars offensive tackle Kingsley Suamataia.

19 days ago

BYU Football Depth Chart, Iowa State Week, AJ Vongphachanh...

Brian Preece

New York Jets Invite Former Cougar, Aggie Linebacker AJ Vongphachanh To Mini-Camp

Former BYU linebacker AJ Vongphachanh will have a chance to prove himself at the NFL level after signing a deal with the New York Jets.

21 days ago

utah-state-wide-receiver-terrell-vaughn...

Chandler Holt

Utah State WR Terrell Vaughn Receives Camp Invite From Seattle Seahawks

Utah State Aggies wide receiver Terrell Vaughn received an invite to the Seattle Seahawks rookie minicamp on Tuesday.

21 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Give-A-Thon

The KSL Sports Zone, KSL 5 TV, FM100.3, 103.5 The Arrow, and KSL NewsRadio have teamed up to raise money for the kids being served by Primary Children’s Care!

ksl-sports-newsletter...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

...

KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Peyton Manning Reached Out To Zach Wilson, Welcomed Him To Denver