The New York Jets will reportedly bench Zach Wilson and let Tim Boyle play quarterback on Friday against the Miami Dolphins.
Wilson endured another terrible afternoon as the Jets were beaten 32-6 by the Bills on Sunday, completing just seven of 15 passes for 81 yards.
And now, Ian Rapoport says, it has prompted coach Robert Saleh to take action. And SNY goes a step further, saying that a release for Wilson that allows him to start anew elsewhere isn’t out of the question.
The Jets have lost three games and are 4-6 in third place in the AFC East this season after Sunday’s loss.
Wilson was subbed in for Boyle toward the end of the Bills’ loss, and when he spoke afterward, Saleh failed to confirm Wilson for the Dolphins.
The New York Jets will reportedly bench Zach Wilson for the Miami Dolphins game
Quarterback Wilson had a terrible afternoon as the Bills badly beat the Jets on Sunday
When asked about Wilson’s failure to select a wide receiver in Buffalo, Saleh admitted, “I don’t have an answer to that.”
“Obviously we’ll go back and watch the entire tape. Whether it was separation, determination, protection… like I said, none of it was good.”
After sitting on the bench as a first-choice quarterback twice last season, Wilson’s future in New York could well hinge on Saleh’s team selection in the final seven games of the regular season.
“We have to take responsibility, and that starts with me – and I can’t do it,” he admitted on Sunday.
“As I told Zach on the sidelines, it’s not just him,” he added. “It’s easy to point the finger at the quarterback, but it’s pretty easy to see. “You have missed protections, you have dropped balls, you have missed routes.
“Of course he has to feel better now. There are things he could have done a lot better, but that’s how everyone feels at the moment.”
This comes against the backdrop of Aaron Rodgers’ rapid recovery from his Achilles tendon tear, which he suffered on the first day of the game – also against the Bills.
The 39-year-old is fighting to get back on the field, but he could be advised to sit out the rest of the season if the Jets don’t make the playoffs.