Near the end of the third quarter of New York’s 19– 3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night, Jets quarterback Zach Wilson was benched in favor of Chris Streveler.
The 2022 NFL Draft’s No. 1 draft experienced its most recent setback. The Jets’ two-season tenure as 2 overall picks was severely dashed by their fourth straight loss, which dealt a serious blow to their playoff hopes. Wilson gave a terrible performance covered in boos that even the evening’s steady downpour could not wash away, but head coach Robert Saleh said after the game that it would not be his last game with New York.
He is still with us today. Saleh, who refused to name a starter for his team’s Week 17 game against the Seattle Seahawks, said that right now he just needs to concentrate on finding ways. We all need to find ways to improve, not just him. It’s a collective problem.
After a disappointing 10-3 loss to the Patriots in Week 11, Wilson was making his second straight start after being replaced for three weeks by QB Mike White. Unfortunately, the second-year QB struggled for several quarters, going 9 for 18 for 92 yards passing and an interception before the Jets decided to bring in Streveler after the team’s fifth punt of the night was caused by a three-and-out.
First, the Jaguars decide how they will play in the playoffs.
1 spot thanks to their victory over the Jets. If the Titans( with Malik Willis at QB) lose to the Texans on Saturday, they will have a 4 seed in the AFC playoff picture. Only one team, the 2020 Washington Football Team, began their Week 11 bye with a 3– 7 record and advanced to the playoffs. Doug Pederson has proven to be the ideal antidote to Urban Meyer’s scorched earth last season, despite the countless times he has said it. What are we going to do with the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year award if Pederson is not in the top three? With the exception of a few hiccups( including one early Thursday), Trevor Lawrence has generally looked fantastic this season. This is especially true when compared to the quarterback who was selected right after him in 2021.
Coaches benched Zach Wilson while he received ferocious jeers from Jets fans.
With just over three minutes left in the third quarter, the Jets coaches decided to end Zach Wilson’s career. Wilson is hurt; they did not bench him for Mike White. not for Joe Flacco, either. But Chris Streveler, a preseason legend in the CFL and NFL. Wilson was the quarterback to start, but he could not even get through one offensive series before Jets fans booed him mercilessly. each pass that is unfinished. each and every punishment. each punt In some instances, they were directed at the Jets’ offense as a whole, but Wilson was the target of the jeering, which left you wondering if Wilson would take another shot this season.( Or ever) When the coaches switched, the Jets fans applauded Streveler just as loudly as they did Wilson. With Wilson’s future at the club suddenly uncertain, this is an intriguing situation that will almost certainly surface during the offseason.
At the venue he once called home, Evan Engram is having a great time.
Engram was described as a hyper-athletic, new-age tight end when he was selected as the New York Giants’ first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. With the Giants, things did not turn out that way because Engram frequently received dropped passes, particularly during his final two seasons there. He was acquired by the Jaguars under a one-year, prove-it type of agreement, and boy, has he delivered on that promise. Engram has been Lawrence’s main weapon recently, catching 26 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns in the previous three games, though the drops have not completely disappeared.
Robert Saleh is under even more pressure as a result of Jets’ QB situation.
After a 4– 13 finish in Year 1, Saleh felt some pressure to perform this season. He responded to his critics during the Jets’ 7– 4 opening. That mark was made even more impressive by Wilson’s struggles and deft handling of difficult injuries. But now that the offense has hit the skids and the impressive defense has regressed a few notches, the Jets have lost four straight games. The Jets were trying to win, even though they had hiccups on both sides of the ball before the losing streak. Now? Saleh’s hopes almost certainly rest on the shoulders of White, who was inactive Thursday and has not yet been cleared for contact after taking several big shots when he took over for Wilson.Streveler, who shot the Jets briefly in the arm on Thursday, might also be involved. However, this could be the turning point in Saleh’s tenure with the Jets, from this point forward. Even though the playoffs seem like a pipe dream, Saleh’s behavior toward Wilson, White, and the rest of this team this season could affect his ability to maintain success. He can’t risk losing the locker room, and it’s possible that other Jets players will support Garrett Wilson and others more at quarterback based on their body language as Zach Wilson struggled once more.
Win highlights Trevor Lawrence’s running prowess.
Throughout Lawrence’s stellar college career, this ability was occasionally disregarded, but the young man can move. He runs gracefully for someone who is 6 feet 6 inches tall, and on several occasions on Thursday, he used his legs off-script to convert sacks into yards and penalize a Jets defense that was not entirely disciplined. Early in the second quarter, the Jaguars took the lead after Lawrence ran seven times for 51 yards and a fourth-down TD sneak. Lawrence’s second-highest total of the season( and career) was 51 yards.He has rushed 29 times in his previous seven games for 191 yards and two scores, giving his already varied and, dare we say, dangerous offense another dimension. It would not be shocking at all to see Pederson give his QB a few more opportunities to take off in upcoming games because the Jets were frequently caught off guard when Lawrence moved.
Next Gen stat of the game:
Trevor Lawrence was strip-sack by Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams on the opening drive, forcing him to make his third turnover( tied for fourth most in NFL). Williams is the season’s top defensive tackle with a 14.7% pressure rate( min. 200 rushes pass by.