The Jets had high hopes for their second-year quarterback Zach Wilson before he suffered a knee injury in their preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday night. This has turned those hopes into concerns for the Jets.
During the first quarter of the Jets’ 24-21 victory in the preseason, Wilson suffered an injury to his right knee. Wilson was forced out of the pocket after going back to pass with 4:29 left in the quarter.
He scrambled to his right and gained 7 yards on the play, but he was brought down after the play was over. It appeared as though he injured his knee while he was planting to cut on the grass field in Philadelphia.
Wilson hobbled to the sideline under his own power after being examined by the trainers and then proceeded to the locker room after arriving there.
After the game, Jets head coach Robert Saleh stated that early testing performed on Wilson showed the ACL “is supposed to be intact,” but the team is waiting for the MRI to be performed on Saturday.
Saleh expressed concern by saying, “I’m always worried until you get the final evaluation.”
Although he only played one series for Philadelphia, quarterback Jalen Hurts made a strong impression by completing all six of his throw attempts for 80 yards and a touchdown despite only having one opportunity to do so.
The 23-year-old Wilson, who was selected second overall in the draught the previous year, has reason to be optimistic about this season.
It was a roller coaster of a rookie season for him, as he threw for nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions across 13 games. However, he finished the season without throwing an interception in any of his final five games.
Wilson’s first series against Philadelphia’s starters was a struggle, as he completed only one of three passes for ten yards and threw an interception.
As a result of what seemed to be an inaccurate read by the Jets quarterback, the pass that was meant for wide receiver Corey Davis was intercepted by Eagles linebacker Kyzir White, who then returned the ball 27 yards to the Jets 20-yard line.
The first pass of the game was a route that was intended for rookie and first-round pick Garrett Wilson, however, it was thrown incomplete by Wilson.
Wilson finished bottom in the league in completion rate (55.6%) and passer rating because he struggled with accuracy during the previous season (69.7). This past summer, while he was at training camp, his decision-making and accuracy appeared to have improved.
Wilson was performing better in his second series before his injury, despite playing against Philadelphia’s backup players.
After completing 3 of 5 passes for 23 yards and an interception, his longest completion was for 4 yards with tight end Tyler Conklin and his longest completion was for 9 yards with wide receiver Elijah Moore.
Wilson faked a handoff to running back Michael Carter on a play-action pass play on the play in which he was injured, which was a first down from the New York 42-yard line.
However, he was forced to scramble because defensive lineman Tarron Jackson beat right tackle Max Mitchell around the end of the play.
Wilson attempted to juke past linebacker Nakobe Dean while the Eagles’ first-round rookie defensive tackle Jordan Davis was hot on his trail. However, Wilson went down after being barely touched by Dean, who was pursuing him.
When asked if Wilson should have run out of bounds, Saleh responded “One hundred per cent” when asked if he should have done so.
While Wilson was receiving treatment from the trainers, Saleh waited nearby.
Saleh said, “He got a touch greedy there,” referring to the individual.
Wilson could not be reached for comment at this time.
According to Saleh, “He’s in excellent spirits, although it’s evident that he’s a little frustrated.” “To the best of your ability given the circumstances.”
When Wilson was knocked unconscious, according to Saleh, he let out “a bunch of swear words.” The head coach of the Jets didn’t place blame for the injury on the field’s surface, but he did say that it was brand new sod that had been installed on July 29.
According to him, the challenge with new sod, which he noted can be loose, is figuring out which cleats are appropriate to wear.
In Week 7 of the previous season, when the Seahawks played the Patriots, Wilson had a sprained PCL in the same knee. He missed the first four games of the season before making his comeback and continuing to play for the rest of the season.
Wide receiver Braxton Berrios expressed his disapproval by stating, “Obviously, that stinks.” “Let’s cross our fingers and hope for the best.”
Joe Flacco, the Jets’ 37-year-old quarterback, was not in uniform for the game because he was one of several veterans who sat out the first game of the preseason. The Jets also did not play any of their other veterans.
Saleh remarked that Joe is an outstanding athlete on the football field. “He’s really enjoying himself at this camp.”
Chris Streveler, a fourth-string quarterback with the Jets and a 2019 Grey Cup champion with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, tossed two touchdown passes, one of which was a game-winning strike of 5 yards to Calvin Jackson Jr. with 16 seconds left on the clock.
Before playing against Philadelphia this week, Streveler had not even taken a single snap in offensive team drills during training camp this summer. Streveler’s previous stops in the NFL include Arizona, Baltimore, and Miami.
Hurts, in contrast to Wilson, was able to leave the game without appearing to sustain any injuries, even though he was subjected to a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit by linebacker Quincy Williams while out of bounds, which infuriated the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Nick Sirianni.
Saleh’s response was, “Extremely reprehensible; he should know better.”
Sirianni shared her thoughts, “I was angrier with the scenario, not Saleh.”
Immediately following the game, pain manifested itself.
“You absolutely don’t want to take hits, especially late hits,” Hurts added, “but it happens.” “My health is good.”
The fact that the Philadelphia 76ers qualified for the playoffs in Sirianni’s first season as a head coach gives fans reason to be optimistic about the team’s chances for further advancement this year.
The question of whether or not Hurts can take his game to the next level and help the Eagles advance further in the playoffs is currently the most hotly debated issue in town.
Hurts, who was selected in the second round, is about to embark on his third season overall and his second as a starter in the starting lineup.
During the previous season, he showed his ability to be a dual-threat quarterback by passing for 3,144 yards and running for team-highs of 784 yards and 10 touchdowns.
However, he had a completion rate of only 61.3%, which ranked him 26th, and a passer rating of 87.2, which ranked him 22nd. His accuracy and arm strength have also been criticised.
The criticism that Hurts has received has only increased as a result of his inconsistent performance at training camp.
But Hurts made the most of his first opportunity to demonstrate his growth in actual games after putting in a lot of work during the offseason by connecting with wide receiver Quez Watkins for 28 yards down the right sideline on the first play of the game.
This was Hurts’s first opportunity to do so. After completing his next four throws without an interception, he capped off a flawless passing drive by throwing a touchdown pass of 22 yards to tight end Dallas Goedert.
Hurts said, “We speak about the importance of explosive plays, and we came out of the gate with an explosive play.” “We came out of the gate with an explosive play.” That has the potential to get the drive going.”
Even without targeting his new No. 1 receiver, A.J. Brown, who the Eagles acquired in a trade with the Tennessee Titans on draught day and immediately signed to a four-year deal with $57 million in guaranteed salary, Hurts put on an impressive display for his new team.
However, Hurts’ one and only drive was not without cause for concern because Williams brought him to the ground with a heavy blow even though he was obviously out of bounds after scrambling for no gain.
Sirianni ripped off his headset and yelled toward the Jets bench while standing nearly 20 yards on the field after Williams was flagged for unnecessary roughness. Williams was given a penalty for the play.
The Jet’s defence had been reworked before this game, and it showed as they finished last in total defence and scoring defence, 30th in pass defence, and 29th against the run.
Philadelphia’s opening drive was not a good sign for them. New York strengthened its defence by making several acquisitions, one of which was the selection of cornerback Sauce Gardner as the fourth overall pick and defensive lineman Jermaine Johnson as the 26th overall pick in the first round of this year’s draught.
However, the Jet’s defence did not put up much of a fight against Hurts and the Eagle’s offence.
During the first drive of the game, Eagles running back Miles Sanders received two passes from Hurts for a total of 20 yards.
Sanders, who is in the final year of a contract that was originally for four years, has room to develop in the area of pass receiving. In 40 games, he has played, he has run for 2,439 yards and scored nine touchdowns.
The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that former defensive linemen Trent Cole and Hugh Douglas will be inducted into the club’s hall of fame on November 27, during the game in which the Eagles visit the Green Bay Packers.
While playing for the Eagles, Cole racked up 8512 sacks throughout 10 seasons, and Douglas amassed 5412 over six years.
Jets: OL Conor McDermott will miss one to two weeks of action due to a sprained left ankle… RT Mekhi Becton has been taken out of action after suffering a knee injury during practice, and it is anticipated that the injury will end his season.
After suffering cartilage damage and dislocating his right kneecap in the first game of the previous season, Becton was forced to miss all but the first game of the previous season. He will be selected in the first round in 2020.
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Eagles: C After having surgery on his elbow earlier this week, Jason Kelce’s run of starting 122 straight regular-season games could be in threat when the new season begins. Rookie Cam Jurgens took Kelce’s place. … After missing recent practises due to concussions, starting offensive linemen Jordan Mailata and Andre Dillard played the first series of the game.
On the other hand, running backs Boston Scott (concussion) and Kenneth Gainwell (hip) did not participate in the game. … Due to a painful foot, Landon Dickerson did not play, and Sua Opera took his place on the court. … WR Greg Ward (toe), DT Javon Hargrave (toe sprain) and S Jaquiski Tartt (personal reasons) were out.