Nov 20, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) passes the ball against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Jets to start Mike White, offer QB Zach Wilson ‘reset’

Quarterback Mike White was named the starter over Zach Wilson for this weekend’s game against the Chicago Bears, coach Robert Saleh announced Wednesday.

Saleh said “this is not a nail in the coffin” for Wilson.

When asked why the decision was made, Saleh said, “It’s the same things we talked about when we elevated him to the second spot. … We know he’s fully capable, he’s started in this league, he’s won games for us and we just want to give him an opportunity.”

Players were informed of the decision during a team meeting Wednesday morning. The Jets (6-4) host the Bears (3-8) on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Saleh added rookie cornerback Sauce Gardner (calf) will be limited during Wednesday’s practice.

Wilson endured his worst performance of the season last Sunday in a 10-3 loss to the New England Patriots. The second-year quarterback completed 9 of 22 passes for a career-worst 77 yards and ran three times for 26 yards.

He caught heat after the game when he was asked if he thought he let the Jets’ defense down. The heat came after his one-word answer: “No.”

Saleh said Wilson spoke to the team after the game. The coach did not reveal what the quarterback said, however.

“Zach’s career here is not over,” Saleh said Wednesday. “I know that’s going to be the narrative … that’s not even close to the case. The full intent is to make sure Zach gets back on the football field this year.

“The young man needs a reset.”

Wilson, who was drafted second overall in 2021, missed the first three games of the season while recovering from a preseason knee injury. The Jets won the first four games he started upon his return but are 1-2 since, with both losses coming to New England.

Wilson, 23, has completed 55.6 percent of his passes this year — matching last season’s rate — and has 1,279 passing yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions. His career touchdown-to-interception ratio through 20 career games is 13-to-16.

White, 27, has yet to throw a pass this season. He completed 66.7 percent of his attempts for 953 yards with five touchdowns and eight interceptions in four games in 2021.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) runs under pressure from New England Patriots defensive end Lawrence Guy (93) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Saleh: Jets yet to decide QB1 after Zach Wilson clunker

With Zach Wilson firmly under the microscope in the Big Apple, New York Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters Monday afternoon that he has yet to decide who will start at quarterback Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Wilson had his worst performance of the season Sunday in a 10-3 loss to the New England Patriots. The second-year quarterback completed 9 of 22 passes for just 77 yards and ran three times for 26 yards.

He caught heat after the game when he was asked if he thought he let the Jets’ defense down. The heat came because of his one-word answer: “No.”

Saleh said Monday he informed Wilson that his status as New York’s starter was uncertain. Mike White and Joe Flacco are the other quarterbacks on the Jets’ 53-man roster.

“We’re keeping everything on the table over the next couple of days,” Saleh said.

The coach defended the former No. 2 overall draft pick from some of the off-the-field criticism, saying, “I don’t think Zach lacks in leadership.”

Wilson missed the first three games of the season while recovering from a preseason knee injury. The Jets won the first four games he started upon his return but are 1-2 since, with both losses coming to New England.

Wilson has completed 55.6 percent of his passes this year – matching last season’s rate – and has 1,279 passing yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions. His career touchdown-to-interception ratio through 20 career games is 13:16.

The Jets (6-4) are in the thick of the AFC playoff race and are just one game behind the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, the AFC East co-leaders. New York owns a win over both Miami and Buffalo.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore (8) runs after a catch against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Disgruntled Jets WR Elijah Moore excused from practice

Second-year New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore was excused from practice Thursday.

Coach Robert Saleh told reporters it was an excused absence for Moore due to a family matter, but ESPN reported that “Moore’s absence was more football-related.”

Before the Jets took the field for practice, Moore tweeted “Love my teammates!” followed by “God I need direction,” but he deleted the latter.

He had also aired grievances about not being targeted a single time in the Jets’ Week 6 win over the Green Bay Packers, tweeting, “If I say what I really wanna say … I’ll be the selfish guy… we winning. Grateful! Huge blessing! All I ever wanted. Butter (sic) sweet for me em but I’ll be solid. So I’ll just stay quiet Just know I don’t understand either.”

After a promising rookie season in which he caught 43 passes for 538 yards and five touchdowns in just 11 games, the 2021 second-round pick has started every game in 2022. However, he has just 16 receptions for 203 yards without a score.

“You guys look at the last couple weeks, we just haven’t thrown the ball much,” quarterback Zach Wilson told reporters. “A lot of opportunity hasn’t gone around. It’s not a thing where I’m trying to avoid him or whatever it is because he’s a great player. I’m just going through my progressions. … We’re talking about routes and how we can clean things up every week. It’s just being patient and trusting the process.

“I love him and I hope he understands that he’s special to our team.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jets QB Zach Wilson (ankle) limited in practice

Fresh off his successful season debut, New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is battling an ankle injury that limited him in Wednesday’s practice.

Wilson led the Jets to a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, throwing for 252 yards and a touchdown while also catching a TD pass. It was his first game back from knee surgery.

Jets coach Robert Saleh said Wilson would be limited Wednesday but will be “fine” to play in the Jets’ Week 5 game against the Miami Dolphins.

Wilson, 23, was sidelined for the first three games of the season as he recovered from arthroscopic surgery performed on Aug. 16. He sustained a meniscus tear and a bone bruise on a non-contact injury in the Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft, Wilson missed time last season with a torn PCL in the same knee. He was 3-10 as a starter with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson throws during warmups before an NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Wilson will not play due to a knee injury.

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Jets QB Zach Wilson practices, will start Week 4 barring setback

Zach Wilson practiced with the New York Jets on Wednesday and will start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, barring a setback.

Wilson, 23, was sidelined for the first three games of the season as he recovered from arthroscopic surgery performed on Aug. 16. He sustained a meniscus tear and a bone bruise on a non-contact injury in the Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft, Wilson missed time last season with a torn PCL in the same knee. He was 3-10 as a starter with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Head coach Robert Saleh said Wilson will “absolutely” start against the Steelers provided there is no setback.

The Jets are off to a 1-2 start with Joe Flacco as Wilson’s replacement.

“It’s exciting to get him back out there, but at the same time, it’s not all about Zach,” Saleh said. “It’s making sure we’re executing on all cylinders.”

Saleh said medical clearance was given only after the Jets deemed Wilson’s knee is “100 percent.” He said there is no concern with Wilson’s offensive line holding up.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Pittsburgh was upramping preparation for Wilson and specifically addressing his mobility as a concern.

“We know they have some QB questions. We’re familiar with Joe (Flacco) and he’s familiar with us,” Tomlin said. “From a Zach Wilson perspective, we haven’t been in the stadium with him so there are some unknowns.”

With three of the team’s offensive tackles on injured reserve, Flacco was sacked nine times in three games. Wilson was sacked 44 times in 13 games in 2021.

Wilson could have plenty of chances to throw if the 2022 pattern holds for the Jets, who’ve lost two games by 15 points each and are allowing 27 points per game.

–Field Level Media

Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Jets QB Zach Wilson (knee) out until at least Week 4

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson will miss at least the first three games with a knee injury, coach Robert Saleh confirmed Wednesday.

His earliest return would be the Week 4 game at Pittsburgh on Oct. 2.

Veteran Joe Flacco will pilot the Jets in his absence, including Sunday’s season opener against his former team as the Baltimore Ravens visit East Rutherford, N.J.

There had been a glimmer of hope after Wilson went through a workout on Monday morning to test his surgically-repaired right knee.

However, Saleh said Wednesday’s decision was based on “everything we gathered over the last couple of days.”

“We are going to make sure that both mind and body are 110 percent, make sure that we do right by him,” Saleh said. “And we feel like, from talking to the doctors and everyone, it’s going to be that Pittsburgh week.”

Wilson, 23, had arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 16 after sustaining a meniscus tear and a bone bruise on a non-contact injury in the Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wilson, the No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft, missed time last season with a torn PCL in the same knee. He was 3-10 as a starter with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Flacco, 37, won 96 regular season games and a Super Bowl championship over 11 seasons with the Ravens (2008-18). He passed for 338 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in two games last season with the Jets.

–Field Level Media

Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) during warmups against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Zach Wilson has successful knee surgery, out 2-4 weeks

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is expected to miss two to four weeks after undergoing successful knee surgery on Tuesday, multiple outlets reported.

That timeframe, which the Jets were anticipating, means it’s likely Wilson will miss Week 1 of the regular season against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 11. The Jets won’t put Wilson on the field until he’s 100 percent recovered, per the reports.

Wilson had the surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He’s also dealing with a bone bruise.

Joe Flacco would be in line for the start Week 1 against his former team.

Prominent orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the surgery. NFL Network reported ElAttrache was able to trim the meniscus. No further damage was discovered during the procedure, per the reports.

Wilson was hurt during Friday night’s preseason opener in Philadelphia. He sustained the meniscus injury and bone bruise in the first quarter after rolling out of the pocket and scrambling to his right. He made a cut to evade an Eagles defender, lunged forward and came up limping.

Wilson completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 2,334 yards and nine touchdowns against 11 interceptions in 13 starts last season as a rookie.

Flacco, 37, will be the primary quarterback in practice and for the final two preseason games. Flacco won a Super Bowl as the starting quarterback of the Ravens but was unseated by Baltimore’s current starter, Lamar Jackson. Flacco is 0-5 as the Jets’ starter, including four starts in 2020.

–Field Level Media

Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) during pregame warmups against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Jets QB Zach Wilson (knee) to have surgery Tuesday

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson will have arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee.

Prominent orthopedic surgeon Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery. Wilson was flying west on Sunday in preparation for the procedure.

The Jets are hoping ElAttrache will only need to trim the meniscus, but the actual extent of the surgery won’t be known until he gets a closer look at the injury during the procedure.

Coach Robert Saleh said after practice on Sunday that the team is hopeful the damage is limited for the 23-year-old Wilson.

Wilson was hurt during Friday night’s preseason opener in Philadelphia. He sustained the meniscus injury, as well as a bone bruise, in the first quarter after rolling out of the pocket and scrambling to his right. He made a cut to evade an Eagles defender, lunged forward and came up limping.

He was taken to the locker room shortly after and replaced by Mike White. The Jets went on to win 24-21.

Veteran Joe Flacco took first-team reps in practice on Sunday, and Saleh hasn’t said whether Flacco will play Aug. 22 when the Jets host the Atlanta Falcons.

The Jets open the regular season on Sept. 11 against the Baltimore Ravens, the team Flacco led to a Super Bowl championship following the 2012 season.

–Field Level Media

Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jets QB Zach Wilson has meniscus injury, out 2-4 weeks

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson sustained a meniscus injury and a bone bruise in his right knee and will miss two to four weeks, The New York Post reported Saturday.

Wilson was hurt during Friday night’s preseason opener in Philadelphia. Per the report, he will undergo a procedure to repair the meniscus injury, which is not a complete tear, providing a second doctor confirms the diagnosis.

The injury occurred in the first quarter after rolling out of the pocket and scrambling to his right. He made a cut to evade an Eagles defender, lunged forward and came up limping.

He was taken to the locker room shortly after and replaced by Mike White. The Jets went on to win 24-21.

Prior to exiting the game, Wilson completed 3 of 5 passes for 23 yards with an interception. He added 7 yards on one carry.

Wilson, 23, is entering his second season with New York after recording 2,334 passing yards with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions during his rookie campaign. He missed four games with an injury to his right knee.

The Jets open the season at home on Sept. 11 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Should Wilson not be able to start that game, the Jets could turn to White or veteran Joe Flacco.

White made three starts for the injured Wilson last season and was 1-2. He completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 953 yards, five touchdowns and eight interceptions in four games.

Flacco, who won a Super Bowl and played 11 seasons with the Ravens, lost his only start last year in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins. He completed 27 of 42 passes with three TDs and no interceptions in two games.

–Field Level Media

Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2)  is helped off the field against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Jets QB Zach Wilson exits game with knee injury

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson exited Friday night’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a knee injury.

Wilson sustained the injury in the first quarter after rolling out of the pocket and scrambling to his right. He made a cut to evade a defender, lunged forward and came up limping.

He was taken to the locker room shortly after and replaced by Mike White. The Jets ruled him questionable to return, but he never did.

Wilson, 23, is in his second season with New York after recording 2,334 passing yards with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions during his rookie campaign.

Prior to exiting Friday’s game, Wilson had completed 3 of 5 passes for 23 yards with an interception. He added seven rushing yards on one carry.

–Field Level Media