ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Zach Wilson is working out of alternatives and a key backer in his bid to maintain his beginning job with the New York Jets.
After spending weeks defending Wilson in opposition to rising criticism, coach Robert Saleh was non-committal relating to his starter shifting ahead following the Jets’ newest offensive dud in a 32-6 loss to the AFC East-rival Buffalo Payments on Sunday.
“We’re going to watch the tape and we’ll decide (Monday),” stated Saleh, whose Jets (4-6) face a brief week in making ready to play division rival Miami (7-3) on Friday. “We’ll have a look at all of it. I’m not likely answering these questions but.”
The coach opened the door for a quarterback change by benching Wilson and changing him with backup Tim Boyle with 2:17 left within the third quarter. Neither was efficient in an outing New York completed with season lows in whole yards (155) and factors, and completed 0 for 11 on third-down conversions in opposition to a Payments defence that started the sport lacking three key starters and ended it with out three defensive backs.
Wilson went 7 of 15 for 81 yards and a landing — the Jets’ first in three video games — with an interception. Boyle went 7 of 14 for 33 yards and an INT.
“Pissed off, however I get it,” stated Wilson, the Jets’ first-round draft choose in 2021 who has been beginning since Aaron Rodgers tore his left Achilles’ tendon 4 snaps into his debut within the season opener, leaving Wilson to steer the Jets’ rally to a 22-16 time beyond regulation win in opposition to the Payments.
“When issues aren’t getting carried out, change has bought to be made,” Wilson stated. “And I perceive that.”
The 29-year-old Boyle made his Jets debut after earlier stints with the Packers, Lions and Bears.
“I believed Tim got here in, he was decisive, he removed the ball,” Saleh stated. “He did some good issues.”
Maybe, he ought to contemplate Thomas Morstead as an possibility, given the punter matched Wilson’s longest completion — an 18-yard cross to tight finish Jeremy Ruckert — of the sport. Morstead’s 18-yard cross to cornerback Brandin Echols on a faux punt on fourth-and-2 from his personal 24 prolonged a drive that resulted within the Jets scoring their lone — and uncommon — landing.
Extra accidents on the offensive line have compounded the Jets’ incapability to maintain drives and rating factors. Left deal with Mekhi Becton didn’t end the sport after hurting his ankle within the first quarter. He was changed by Carter Warren. Chris Glaser began at proper guard, giving the Jets a unique line mixture for the seventh time in 10 video games.
Wilson stated the Jets’ points run deeper than a patchwork offensive line, and begin along with his place beneath heart.
“I really suppose this offence as a complete is a matter,” Wilson stated. “We have now to be higher as gamers, and we have to take accountability. That begins with me, and I’m not getting it carried out.”
Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett’s transfer from the sideline to calling performs from the coach’s sales space did little to ignite a Jets offence that has failed to attain greater than 13 factors in 4 consecutive video games.
And a lot for the Jets getting any sort of raise from a players-only offensive assembly held this week.
Saleh stated he informed Wilson that “it’s not simply him,” after the benching, citing missed protections, poor route working and dropped passes. High receiver Garrett Wilson, who was questionable to play with an elbow harm, was the meant receiver on Zach Wilson’s interception, and he additionally misplaced a fumble within the fourth quarter.
“It’s everybody proper now,” Saleh stated.
Requested if the Jets offence was damaged, Saleh would solely say: “It’s positively an offence that should get higher, let’s put it that means.”
“Scars generally speed up the method,” Saleh added. “And all of us bought scarred right now.”