Jets bench QB Zach Wilson forward of Sunday’s sport vs. Bears; Mike White will begin

The Jets are benching quarterback Zach Wilson for this week’s sport in opposition to the Chicago Bears and can begin Mike White. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first broke the information. Right here’s what you could know:

  • When requested earlier this week about quarterbacks for this weekend’s matchup, Jets coach Robert Saleh mentioned: “We’re retaining every thing on the desk.”
  • Saleh’s statements got here after  a 10-3 loss to the Patriots, through which Wilson accomplished simply 9 of twenty-two passes for 77 yards.
  • Wilson was requested after that loss if he felt he’d let his protection down. He replied, “No.”


Wilson and the Jets have been restricted to only two yards of offense within the second half of Sunday’s loss, which dropped them to 6-4 on the season. The Jets are 5-2 with Wilson because the starter. Each losses have come in opposition to the Patriots.

Regardless of his document, Wilson, the No. 2 decide within the 2021 NFL Draft, statistically ranks as one of many worst quarterbacks this season. He’s solely thrown 4 touchdowns in seven video games however has tossed 5 interceptions. Amongst quarterbacks who’ve performed in a minimum of seven video games this yr, Wilson’s passer ranking of 72.6 ranks thirtieth and his completion proportion of 55.6 ranks final, in line with TruMedia.

White appeared in 4 video games for the Jets final season, finishing 66.7 % of his cross makes an attempt for 953 yards, 5 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

White’s potential fantasy affect

White could possibly be a lift to extra than simply Garrett Wilson. White accomplished 66.7 % of his passes (132) final yr with 53.8 % focused to wideouts and 37.9 % to working backs. That working again quantity would rank first in 2022 by over 10 proportion factors (Justin Herbert second at 27.4 %). Michael Carter is again in play as an RB2, whereas Elijah Moore might return to relevance with 20-16-195-3 in Weeks 8-10 final yr with White at quarterback. We wouldn’t begin Moore in Week 12, however Garrett Wilson and Carter must be with Moore being picked again up off waivers. — Ciely 

What they’re saying

Saleh mentioned Wilson’s profession with the Jets isn’t over. The intent is that he “will get again on the soccer area in some unspecified time in the future this yr.”

The coach added that Wilson “wants a reset” as a result of there are some “primary, elementary issues” which have gotten out of whack for him.

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