Jets quarterback Zach Wilson participates in drills during OTAs at the Atlantic Health...

Jets quarterback Zach Wilson participates in drills during OTAs at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, N.J. on Tuesday. Credit: Noah K. Murray

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. —  There was Joe Douglas’ offseason roster reconstruction that resulted in a meaningful upgrade at several positions. With Douglas signing free-agent standouts including cornerback D.J. Reed, safety Jordan Whitehead, guard Laken Tomlinson and tight ends C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin, followed up with his masterful first-round draft performance that brought in cornerback Sauce Gardner, wide receiver Garrett Wilson and edge rusher Jermaine Johnson, there is a lot to like about what this team has become.

Yet still, it all boils down to one man and one man only who will determine the fate of this Jets team in 2022 and beyond.

It’s all on Zach Wilson.

In a league driven increasingly by quarterback performance — you might even say it’s driven almost exclusively by the position — Wilson’s development is by far the most critical factor moving forward. If he blossoms into the star envisioned by Douglas when the general manager and coach Robert Saleh staked their careers on him by taking the BYU star passer with the No. 2 overall pick in 2021, then this is a team that will eventually be in the playoff conversation. That might come as quickly as this year, especially if Wilson shows the kind of improvement that his coaches insist he has already made through the offseason.

Of course, we won’t truly know whether he is capable of taking a definitive step forward until the games count. But there is a clear conviction inside the building at 1 Jets Drive that Wilson indeed has what it takes. And that the light has truly come on as he prepares for Year 2 as the Jets’ would-be savior.

“What’s been cool about him is just his focus of what he’s trying to get done,” offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur said Tuesday before the Jets’ first minicamp practice. “He’s not trying to have a laundry list of things every day. It’s, ‘Let’s focus on this one thing, these two things and stay dialed into that.’ His focus is in the right spot.”

It is impossible to tell how much progress — or regression — a quarterback has made when he and his teammates are practicing in helmets and shorts, as the Jets have been throughout the offseason. But there have been some hints, nevertheless. Wilson has had some accuracy issues during the portions of practices open to media, but he has also had some promising moments with the likes of second-year wideout Elijah Moore, Garrett Wilson, and even third-year receiver Denzel Mims, whose own lack of progress has been a subject of scrutiny.

Tuesday offered another mixed bag during 7-on-7 drills. On what should have been an easy completion on a slant route to tight end Kenny Yeboah, Wilson delivered the pass low, and Yeboah couldn’t hang on. But a few plays earlier, Wilson displayed the excellence he flashed in the second half of last season after returning from a knee injury. After taking the snap, Wilson moved to his left and found receiver Jeff Smith open on a crossing route. Throwing against his body, Wilson delivered a perfect pass that Smith caught in stride.

Wilson was particularly effective for much of the 11-on-11 portion of practice, completing eight of his first nine passes. But a two-minute drive near the end of practice stalled at midfield after a sack and two incompletions.

Game day performance will be the ultimate arbiter of Wilson’s progress, and the Jets are convinced that there will be sufficient development to get this team into the playoff discussion soon. And perhaps the Super Bowl discussion at some point in the next few years.

It takes a special quarterback to be wired for that kind of success, especially in a market as tough and demanding as New York. LaFleur is convinced Wilson has what it takes — even after last year’s muted production that included only nine touchdown passes and 11 interceptions to go with a 3-10 record.

“Absolutely,” LaFleur said of his conviction that Wilson is the right guy. “He’s wired to stay in the moment, stay focused and get better every single day.”

Players and coaches often talk about “the process,” that painstaking progression of working through each and every challenge and trying to come out the other side a better performer. And that’s where Wilson thrives the most.

“He loves this thing,” LaFleur said. “The good and the bad and learning from it and showing up every day. When he doesn’t have the day he wants, he can’t wait to get back on the field the next day. That’s all you want from all these guys — from the first guy on the roster to the 53rd.”

And make no mistake: That first guy on the roster is Wilson.

“You just want them to show up with the right mindset to get better every single day and not worry about the outside noise,” LaFleur said. “Zach embodies that. He just wants to get better every single day, and I believe he’s doing that.”

The proof won’t come for another few months, so there’s simply no telling whether Wilson has it. But it’s not too soon to know that as Wilson goes, so go the Jets.

For better or for worse.