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Jets likely to drop Zach Wilson next season: report

The New York Jets quarterback situation is complicated, as Zach Wilson’s benching on Thursday night brought speculation not only for the rest of the season, but for the future as well.

In perhaps the biggest game of his career thus far, with AFC wild card hopes on the line for New York at home against another playoff-hungry team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Wilson failed. He went 9-of-18 for 92 yards with one interception and no touchdowns before the Jets benched him for fourth-string quarterback Chris Streveler, who was activated before the start of the game.

Seeing that Streveler was able to move the offense more than Wilson broke the spirit of many Jets fans considering that Wilson was supposed to be the franchise’s quarterback as last season’s second overall pick.

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Zach Wilson of the New York Jets warms up before the Jacksonville Jaguars game at MetLife Stadium on December 22, 2022, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Zach Wilson of the New York Jets warms up before the Jacksonville Jaguars game at MetLife Stadium on December 22, 2022, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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Now, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, it looks like the Jets don’t see him as that guy anymore, which would be a huge draft mistake by GM Joe Douglas.

“They’ve lost all confidence in Zach Wilson,” Glazer said Saturday. “Zach himself lost confidence going into the last game, he came out with even less confidence. Expect the Jets to drop him after this season.”

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Wilson has not won since Week 9 against the Buffalo Bills in a close 20-17 battle in the AFC East. Wilson was 18-of-25 for 154 and a touchdown in that game.

However, the ensuing matchup with the New England Patriots posed some questions for the quarterback after Wilson went 9-of-22 for 77 yards in the 10-3 loss. After the game, when asked if the offense let the defense down – Gang Green only gave up three points until Marcus Jones returned a punt for a late touchdown to seal the Patriots victory – Wilson simply replied “no”, which reportedly angered the teammates.

But with two games left in the season, and the Jets not mathematically out of playoff contention, there’s plenty to play for in the next two weeks. Who will be the quarterback if the Jets want to leave Wilson?

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson passes against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, December 22, 2022, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson passes against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, December 22, 2022, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

It’s a tricky answer since Mike White, the man who replaced Wilson once he was benched after that New England game, is dealing with fractured ribs. Glazer said “there are a lot of fractures,” but if White can play next week against the Seattle Seahawks, he will start.

Otherwise, manager Robert Saleh’s words after Thursday’s 19-3 loss to the Jaguars seemed to indicate that Wilson will be under pivot.

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“We haven’t seen the last of him,” he told reporters.

Could Saleh also be talking about the Jets’ future at quarterback, as well as those last two fights of the regular season? It’s a complicated and crucial decision for the Jets, who are still hoping to break an 11-year playoff drought.

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson during the Chicago Bears game on November 27, 2022, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson during the Chicago Bears game on November 27, 2022, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
(AP photo/Adam Hunger)

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While 5-3 as a starter this season, Wilson is 8-13, throwing for 15 touchdowns to 18 interceptions in 22 games.

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