Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff WriterNov 20, 2023, 01:08 PM ET
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The New York Jets, performing astatine a historically mediocre level connected offense, benched backmost Zach Wilson connected Monday, a root told ESPN's Adam Schefter, different crushing stroke for a subordinate erstwhile considered the aboriginal of the franchise.
This marked the 3rd benching successful the past 13 months for Wilson, who whitethorn person played his past crippled for the Jets. The 2021 No. 2 wide prime volition beryllium replaced by Tim Boyle, who volition commencement Friday against the Miami Dolphins astatine MetLife Stadium, the root told Schefter.
The determination has semipermanent implications for the Jets, whose expansive program was to person Wilson larn nether Aaron Rodgers for a twelvemonth oregon 2 earlier returning to the starting presumption -- an statement endorsed by Rodgers. That nary longer seems likely, arsenic Wilson played his mode retired of the No. 2 job.
Wilson was pressed into enactment connected the 5th play of the season, erstwhile Rodgers went down with a torn Achilles. Under Wilson, the Jets managed lone 9 touchdown drives successful astir 10 afloat games portion posting the worst red-zone and third-down ratio successful modern history.
Coach Robert Saleh, who arrived with Wilson successful 2021, stood by the erstwhile BYU prima until Sunday night, erstwhile helium pulled him precocious successful the 3rd 4th of a 32-6 nonaccomplishment to the Buffalo Bills. Afterward, Saleh was noncommittal connected his backmost plans -- a definite motion helium had tally retired of patience.
"When things aren't getting done, alteration has to beryllium made, and I recognize that," Wilson said aft the crippled -- a 7-for-15, 81-yard show successful which helium failed to implicit a azygous walk to a wide receiver.
For the season, Wilson is ranked 30th retired of 31 qualified passers successful QBR (30.7), with lone six touchdown passes. In 3 years, he's 11-20 arsenic a starter, with 21 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.
Wilson was benched doubly past season, prompting the enactment to commercialized for Rodgers. Instead of acquiring a proven seasoned to service arsenic the backup, the Jets opted to support Wilson arsenic Rodgers' understudy -- a determination by wide manager Joe Douglas that whitethorn person sabotaged the season.
Wilson is signed done 2024, with virtually nary accidental of having his fifth-year enactment for 2025. The deadline is aboriginal May, 2024.
Boyle, 29, is an NFL journeyman who has played for the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears. His lone 3 starts came successful 2021 for the Lions; helium went 0-3, with 3 touchdowns and six interceptions. In Sunday's alleviation outing, helium completed 7 of 14 passes for 33 yards and an interception.
He was released astatine the extremity of the preseason, landing connected the signifier squad. He was signed to the roster erstwhile Rodgers was injured.
Rodgers reportedly is hoping to instrumentality Dec. 24 from Achilles country but has said it's contingent connected the squad being successful playoff contention. They're not.
The Jets (4-6) person mislaid 3 consecutive games, with lone 31 points scored. Their third-rate ratio is 23% and their red-zone complaint successful 26%, some past successful the NFL and some the worst since the 1970s, erstwhile that information started being tracked.