Zach Wilson has been sidelined for a month now while he recovers from a knee injury, but the rookie has been working on more than just rehabbing that ailment.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said on Sunday that the New York Jets felt Wilson’s fundamentals had been “falling apart” prior to his injury. In hopes of remedying that, they hired Wilson’s personal quarterback coach, John Beck, as a full-time member of their staff.
“He’s been staying after practice working with the receivers getting ready for his return next week, they hope, at Houston. They also brought in John Beck, (Wilson’s) personal quarterback trainer to be a full-time coach on their staff two weeks ago,” Mortensen said. “That suggests that, fundamentally, Zach Wilson was falling apart and they’re trying to get him grounded back in those fundamentals.”
Wilson has thrown nine interceptions in just five-plus games this season. Backup Mike White looked like an immediate improvement over Wilson after the first-round pick got hurt, but Wilson handled the situation with class.
Growing pains are expected for any rookie quarterback, and Wilson has had quite a few of them. The Jets are hoping having his personal QB on their staff will help. Wilson appears to be on track to face the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Zach Wilson had a funny response on Twitter to a post that mocked him.
A video of a young kid training at the quarterback position went viral. Despite his small stature, the youth looked amazing in the video and left many impressed.
Someone turned it into a joke by captioning the video with a jab at Wilson, the New York Jets rookie quarterback who has boyish looks and a small figure.
“Zach Wilson’s rehab appears to be ahead of schedule,” the person joked.
Wilson didn’t mind being teased and played along.
The Jets quarterback wrote in response “feeling good!”
That was a nice way for him to get in on the joke and show he has a sense of humor.
Wilson, 22, has been out with a knee injury. He has struggled so far in his rookie season, throwing just four touchdowns and nine interceptions in six games. But like the person joked, his rehab is looking good!
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New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson isn’t sweating the fact that, at least for now, he’s not the team’s starter.
The Jets confirmed Wednesday that Mike White will start Sunday against Buffalo, citing the fact that Wilson’s sprained right knee is not fully healthy. Still, it’s hard to see it as anything but a demotion for Wilson, with White becoming a fan favorite after replacing the injured rookie.
Wilson still sounded confident about his future on Thursday, adding that he never expected this to be smooth sailing.
“No, definitely not, and the reason is I’ve played only five games,” Wilson said, via ESPN’s Rich Cimini, when asked if the quarterback uncertainty worried him. “I just got here. I’m supposed to be a senior in college right now. You have to understand, it’s going to be hard. I’m not making excuses, but that’s where growth comes from.
“I definitely didn’t come here thinking this would be the greatest thing ever and we’re going to go undefeated. I knew it was going to be tough and that’s part of the process. That’s what makes football so fun. My time is going to come.”
That’s a solid and mature response from Wilson, who has struggled so far as a rookie. The contrast was particularly striking when White made his starting debut and performed at a very high level.
For what it’s worth, Wilson appears to be a big fan of White. There’s no doubt this is a lot of adversity for the rookie quarterback, but he’s handling it well. It helps that the Jets made him the No. 2 overall pick, and they’re still very invested in his long-term development.
The New York Jets suddenly have an interesting decision to make at quarterback, with Mike White staking his claim to the starting job that had belonged to Zach Wilson.
Jets coach Robert Saleh may have given a hint to his thinking on the subject Friday. Saleh was asked about balancing Wilson’s development with winning games, and Salah made clear that developing the team’s young offense is a priority.
“We’re going to talk about all that stuff,” Saleh said, via Brian Costello of the New York Post. “The quarterback, obviously, is always at the forefront of our mind, but this is a very young offense that’s also trying to be developed. We’ll see through practice and through reps. I’m not saying that there’s a competition, because it’s still a hypothetical what you’re giving me, because there’s still two guys that aren’t close to being nearly, fully 100 percent. So, we’ll see how practice goes as we get closer to it.”
White left Thursday’s loss to Indianapolis in the first quarter with a right forearm injury. That deprived the team the chance to get a look at him in a tough road game after his outstanding debut against Cincinnati. That injury is not thought to be serious. Wilson, who has been sidelined with a sprained knee, is also expected to return to practice this week.
If the Jets are prioritizing development, they may just stick with Wilson. White hasn’t done anything to deserve a benching, though.
One might expect that Zach Wilson might not be thrilled to see his backup starring for the New York Jets. That apparently was not the case.
Jets quarterback Mike White revealed that Wilson was his biggest cheerleader as White threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns in his first NFL start Sunday. White even said Wilson was even more excited than he was.
“Zach was awesome,” White said, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “He was the first person in the hall when I got off the field to congratulate me. He gave me this huge hug. I was real nervous that I hit his knee and banged him up. He honestly might have been more juiced up than me. He was texting me during the game. Every play during the game he was texting my phone. Obviously I wasn’t answering. He’s like, ‘Oh, my God, that was awesome.’ Then had a big, long congratulations text for me.”
It’s definitely the response you would want to see from an injured rookie quarterback. It’s entirely possible that White’s success costs Wilson his job, at least for this season. Maybe he will be more bothered about that later. On Sunday, at least, he was seemingly White’s biggest fan.
Mike White was supposed to be a stand-in quarterback for the New York Jets until Zach Wilson got healthy again. White did so well in his NFL debut, however, that it will be hard for the team to remove him from the role.
White, a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, torched the Cincinnati Bengals in Sunday’s comeback win. The 26-year-old threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns, albeit with two interceptions. The Jets even utilized him as a receiver, and he caught the two-point conversion after New York’s final touchdown to put them up three.
In light of such a remarkable showing, does White have a chance of keeping the job even after Wilson is healthy? Coach Robert Saleh certainly left the door open to that after the win.
Wilson is the No. 2 overall pick and the Jets have invested their future in him. He’ll be given every chance to succeed. However, he’d been intercepted nine times on the season, a worrying mark even for a rookie. Wilson also has yet to put together a 300-yard game, while White hit 400 yards in his very first start.
Wilson’s injury is not expected to keep him out too much longer. However, he’ll miss at least one more game, meaning White will get another chance to impress on Thursday against the Colts. If he looks good again, the Jets will have a decision to make, at least for the rest of the season.
In a best-case scenario, the Jets find out that White is a legitimate starting-quality NFL quarterback, and they’ll have options going forward. At worst, he turns out to be a flash in the pan, but at least they’d be finding that out now and could refocus on Wilson going forward. There’s not a lot of downside to letting White keep going.
Photo: New York Jets quarterback Mike White (5) runs onto the field for warmups before his first NFL start against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in East Rutherford. Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com / USA TODAY NETWORK
Zach Wilson might be in line for a return to the New York Jets more quickly than initially thought.
Wilson suffered a sprained PCL during last week’s loss to the New England Patriots, and the prognosis was that he would miss multiple games. That’s still likely to happen, but it appears a two-week absence may be all Wilson needs.
According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, the Jets believe Wilson could return on Nov. 14 against the Buffalo Bills. As a result, they are not placing him on injured reserve.
Wilson will not play Sunday against the Bengals, and appears likely to miss next Thursday’s game against the Colts. He would miss another game if placed on injured reserve, but the Jets seem to think he can return for that one.
The Jets did go out and grab a veteran stand-in while Wilson is hurt. It appears that’s only going to be a two-game stint if all goes according to plan.
New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots, and the rookie could be sidelined for up to a month.
Wilson was diagnosed with a sprained PCL after New York’s 54-13 loss. The injury will keep him out 2-4 weeks, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Wilson left the game early in the second quarter after he landed awkwardly on his knees on a hit from Patriots pass-rusher Matt Judon. He was also hit low by a defender a few plays earlier.
The Jets turned to fourth-year quarterback Mike White after Wilson went down. In his first NFL regular-season action, White completed 20 of 32 passes for 202 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
Wilson has struggled in his rookie season. He’s completed just over 57 percent of his passes with 1,168 yards, four touchdowns and nine interceptions. The former BYU star has a passer rating of 63.5. Given that they are 1-5, the Jets almost certainly will not rush Wilson back.
New York Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.
Wilson took a big hit from Patriots pass-rusher Matt Judon after he threw a deep pass early in the second quarter. He landed awkwardly on his knees and remained on the turf in pain.
Wilson limped off under his own power and was examined in the blue medical tent. He later went to the locker room and was labeled questionable to return. The Jets were awarded a first down at the New England 2-yard line on the play due to a pass interference penalty.
It’s possible Wilson initially injured his knee a few plays earlier. He was hit low by a Patriots defender near the sideline, and Jets head coach Robert Saleh was furious that the officials did not throw a flag.
Former fifth-round pick Mike White took over for Wilson and threw a touchdown pass to cut the Patriots’ lead to 17-7.
Zach Wilson threw yet another interception in the New York Jets’ loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and the rookie joined some less-than-elite company in the process.
Wilson threw an interception on a deep ball in the first half of New York’s 27-20 loss. That gives the second overall pick a whopping eight interceptions through his first five NFL games. Here’s the video of the latest, which came on a very poor throw:
With that pick, Wilson has now thrown at least one interception in his first five career games. As ESPN’s Rich Cimini pointed out, the only other quarterbacks to do that in the last 10 years are DeShone Kizer, Zach Mettenberger and Blake Bortles.
Kizer, a former second-round pick, is currently a free agent after the Tennessee Titans released him during the summer. Mettenberger last played in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football two years ago. Bortles has been more successful than the other two, but he’s also a free agent.
Obviously, it is too early to pass judgment on Wilson. He still has tremendous potential, but he’s already been publicly criticized by one of his teammates. The start of Wilson’s NFL career has been rocky, to say the least.