WATCH: Jets coach Robert Saleh ‘tackles’ Zach Wilson on sideline
Zach Wilson really had a day to forget in the New York Jets’ 32-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Wilson completed just seven of 15 passes for 81 yards, had a touchdown pass but also an interception and was sacked five times. Wilson also endured embarrassment while running onto the field, tripping over backwards in a moment that summed up his day in a nutshell.
Then, there was this. Before benching Wilson in favor of Tim Boyle, Jets head coach Robert Saleh had a nice two-handed tackle on Wilson as the quarterback ran into the team’s sideline and at the coach during the third quarter. Granted, Saleh appeared to just be bracing himself and Wilson for the fall. Shortly thereafter, however, Wilson was yanked from the game.
This is not how the season was supposed to go for the Jets (4-6), who were an expected AFC contender after the offseason trade for future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, was going to move into a backup role and learn behind Rodgers.
Instead, Rodgers suffered an Achilles injury just four plays into his Jets tenure. Wilson was thrust back into the starting spot, which hasn’t gone great. Wilson has completed just 59.2 percent of his passes for 1,944 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions, with the third-year quarterback showing no improvement in his game. The Jets offense, expected to be a juggernaut with Rodgers at the helm, now ranks among the league’s worst.
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