Zach Wilson, Jets

Jets decide to bench former 1st-rd pick Zach Wilson

After the New York Jets dropped their third straight game, head coach Robert Saleh has decided to bench Zach Wilson.

Tim Boyle will take over as the starter moving forward in hopes of pushing the Jets toward playoff contention.

Saleh voiced he made the move 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 Jets have struggled tremendously offensively with Wilson under center, especially after coming off the 32-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The former second overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft completed 7-of-15 passes for 81 yards.

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Wilson ranks 31st with a 30.7 quarterback rating while passing for just six touchdown passes to seven interceptions over the first 10 games. The Jets displayed plenty of patience with the BYU product, but he simply hasn’t taken the next toward becoming a viable starting quarterback.

“You could always play the hindsight-is-20/20 game, but we felt like we did what was best for the organization, best for the team,” Saleh said. “It’s been an unfortunate series of events when you look at all the injuries on the line and just the things that have transpired since the start of the year.”

Instead, the offense has struggled with him at the helm, leading the Jets to make the blockbuster trade last offseason to acquire Aaron Rodgers.

Wilson is under contract through the 2024 season, but it’s unlikely the team will opt into the fifth-year option of his rookie deal.

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