Jets' Zach Wilson benched late; Robert Saleh noncommittal on QB - ESPN
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The New York Jets lost Aaron Rodgers to an Achilles injury against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. In the rematch on Sunday, the Jets suffered a quarterback calamity of a different kind.
A woefully ineffective Zach Wilson was pulled with 2:17 remaining in the third quarter of the Jets' 32-6 loss at Highmark Stadium, setting up a possible quarterback change for their game on Friday against the visiting Miami Dolphins.
Afterward, coach Robert Saleh was noncommittal on Wilson — a first for this season — saying he will make a decision on Monday after watching the tape of New York's third straight loss. Saleh could turn to journeyman Tim Boyle, who replaced Wilson with the Jets down 29-6. Or he could promote veteran Trevor Siemian from the practice squad.
In a span of two months, the Jets (4-6) have gone from a ruptured tendon to a broken offense.
Saleh said he benched Wilson because of the lopsided score, hoping Boyle would provide a spark. But this wasn't an isolated performance by Wilson, who completed only 7 of 15 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown with an interception. The former No. 2 overall draft pick hasn't produced since replacing Rodgers in the season opener.
«Like I told Zach on the sideline, it's not just him,» Saleh said. «It's easy to point the finger at the quarterback, but it's pretty easy to see. You've got missed protections, you've got dropped balls, you've got missed routes. Now, obviously, he has to get better. There are things he could've done a lot better, but it's everyone right now.»
Ordinarily, the fate of a No. 2 quarterback isn't major news, but the Wilson situation could have far-reaching implications because the organization's plan is to have him succeed Rodgers in a year or