Jets’ Robert Saleh – Zach Wilson to be No. 2 QB for Lions game


Florham Park, NJ — Ex New York Jets Starter Jack Wilson After a three-week layoff, he was promoted to No. 2 quarterback on Wednesday, moving one step closer to playing again.

And he hopes to continue his comeback, saying he still sees himself as the future of the Jets.

“Yeah, I definitely believe in myself,” Wilson said. “Of course, I have all the confidence in the world — I think that’s the way it should be — but you have to be able to prove it.”

Wilson, November 23 for the bench Mike Whitewill change Joe Flacco as the No. 2 quarterback for Sunday’s key game Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium.

Coach Robert Saleh’s decision Wednesday is significant because White is dealing with a rib injury. He is expected to start the game, Saleh said, although his practice time was limited on Wednesday. The Jets did not disclose the exact nature of the injury.

White’s injury, along with Flacco’s ineffective relief outing in Sunday’s 20-12 loss Buffalo BillWilson’s elevation appears to have opened the door, although Saleh called it “a coincidence”.

Wilson, the No. 2 draft pick in 2021, has spent the past three weeks as a scout-team quarterback during the week and inactive on Sundays. The Jets called the benching a “reset” as they wanted him to sharpen his fundamentals without the pressure of getting ready for opponents.

“Mentally the biggest thing for me was to have fun playing football,” Wilson said. “I love this game. It’s definitely not lost, but I think you feel the frustration for some of those rough games.”

Saleh, who maintains he wants Wilson back in the lineup at some point, has praised his approach since the benching.

“Zach is doing a great job,” Saleh said. “He’s been intentional about his approach the last three weeks. How he wants to attack in practice, how he’s performing in practice, going against our defense, which I think is a good defense. He’s been working on different things that we’ve given him. said to be done.”

Wilson’s window is closing. In all likelihood, the Jets (7-6) will continue with White unless they fall out of contention. Saleh said he is taking it week by week. Wilson said he expected to play but said it was out of his control.

White is just 1-2 as a starter, but the offense is averaging 420 yards and 22 points per game with him at quarterback. It averaged just 287 yards and 21 points with Wilson, who won five of seven starts.

“He’s a very talented young man — a very talented young man,” Saleh said of Wilson. “We’re in the business of developing guys, and I’ve said it before: This is Mike White’s opportunity, and he’s attacking out of opportunity. He’s doing great with it.

“But at the same time, we have to make sure that we do everything we can to develop Zach to a place that we know he’s capable of going to.”

Wilson said not being in uniform was “frustrating”, adding, “You can sit there and be upset” – but he tried to turn it into a positive. He also praised White, who galvanized the locker room.

“He’s done a great job of being decisive, getting the ball out of his hands and being accurate,” Wilson said. “So, the last few weeks have been a lot of great learning experiences.”

White was hurt by the Bills’ pass rush, which forced him out of the game twice. Flacco came off the bench for a total of seven snaps, and it wasn’t pretty. He lost a fumble on a strip sack and completed one of three passes for 1 yard.

White, after a medical evaluation that included X-rays, finished the game. Later, he was taken by ambulance to a Buffalo-area hospital for precautionary tests. On Monday, he told reporters he felt well enough to start against the Lions.

“We’re still working as if he’s playing this week,” Saleh said Wednesday.

For Flacco, 37, with a past Super Bowl MVP Baltimore Ravens, he was demoted to the third string for the second time this season. It also happened in October, when the Jets decided to make White QB2 behind Wilson.

It’s been a strange year for Flacco, who started the first three games (1-2) while Wilson recovered from preseason knee surgery.

Wilson was benched after a 77-yard passing performance in a 10–3 loss New England PatriotsA game in which he completed just nine of 22 passes.

He caused a firestorm in his postgame press conference, refusing to take responsibility for a poor performance by the offense. This angered some players, sources said, and may have been a factor in Saleh’s decision to bench him. Days later, Wilson apologized for his postgame comments.

In other injury developments, the Jets could be without a star defensive tackle Quinn Williams (Calf), who hasn’t practiced and is still considered 50-50 to play, Saleh said. Wide receiver Corey Davis (Event) also hasn’t practiced, but he’s “on target” to play Sunday, Saleh said.


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