March 27, 2023

Jets head coach Robert Saleh on Wednesday mentioned injured beginning QB Zach Wilson in all probability gained’t be able to play till Week 4 in opposition to the Steelers, and that’s dangerous information for a crew determined for a sizzling begin. 

Backup Joe Flacco, a star for Baltimore years in the past, will begin Week 1 in opposition to the Ravens. That is additionally not excellent news for Jets followers.

Though Flacco’s stat line whereas filling in for Wilson final season was not horrible (64 p.c completion share, three TDs, no interceptions), it was clear the offense was restricted in these video games.

Towards the Giants’ backups in his lone preseason look, Flacco seemed terrible, finishing 7-of-12 passes for 76 yards. He was intercepted as soon as.

Flacco, a veteran coming into his fifteenth 12 months, doesn’t have the athleticism or off-schedule playmaking capability of Wilson. He isn’t a wild card defenses should fear about. 

Concerning Wilson, who’s rehabbing a proper knee damage, Saleh instructed reporters: “This week, he’s going to be off to the aspect with the trainers, and we’ll slowly — a part of his rehab schedule — begin implementing him again into apply of the subsequent couple of weeks.”

The Jets haven’t made the playoffs in 11 seasons, the longest playoff drought within the NFL. With Flacco on the helm, there’s an opportunity New York may lose all three September video games, simply because it has since 2019. 

After the Ravens, New York faces the Browns and Bengals earlier than presumably getting Wilson again in opposition to the Steelers.

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