Jets bench Zach Wilson, to start Tim Boyle at QB vs. Dolphins - ESPN
The New York Jets, performing at a historically poor level on offense, benched quarterback Zach Wilson on Monday, another crushing blow for a player once considered the future of the franchise.
This marked the third benching in the past 13 months for Wilson, who may have played his last game for the Jets. The No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft will be replaced by Tim Boyle, who will start Friday against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium.
Coach Robert Saleh said that Trevor Siemian will be Boyle's backup, but all three quarterbacks will be active for Friday's game.
Since the start of 2021, when Robert Saleh took over as coach, the Jets are one of two teams that have thrown more interceptions than touchdown passes — alongside the Panthers.
Saleh said he made the quarterback change to «give [Boyle] an opportunity, a different style of quarterback. It's really just to give him an opportunity to see if we can do something with the offense.»
The move has long-term implications for the Jets, whose grand plan was to have Wilson learn under Aaron Rodgers for a year or two before returning to the starting position — an arrangement endorsed by Rodgers. That no longer seems likely, as Wilson played his way out of the No. 2 job.
Saleh believes Wilson will have «a really good career in this league,» but he declined to comment on Wilson's future with the organization, saying that will be addressed in the offseason. He said they haven't considered releasing Wilson.
«Like I said, it's not all of him, but there are things that he needs to be better at,» said Saleh, who claimed recently that it would be «lazy» to single out Wilson for the many ills on offense. «And this is just another situation to see if we can get another guy an