New York Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson is questionable to return to Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots
New York Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson left Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots with a knee injury, and is questionable to return.
Wilson suffered the injury in the second quarter, and was taken to the locker room. Mike White replaced him at quarterback, and finished off his first drive with a touchdown pass to Corey Davis.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, Wilson was injured on a hit from Patriots outside linebacker Matthew Judon after throwing a deep pass that drew a pass interference penalty.
Check out all the highlights from New York Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson’s NFL preseason debut
The New York Jets spent the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft on BYU’s Zach Wilson, hoping he will prove to be the franchise quarterback that has long eluded them.
Wilson’s preseason debut against the New York Giants was full of promise, as the strong-armed signal-caller showed off many of the traits that enticed the Jets throughout the predraft process.
Watch the video above to see all the action from Wilson’s first game action in the pros.
Check out this impressive deep ball from New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson to wide receiver Elijah Moore
When the New York Jets drafted Zach Wilson and Elijah Moore back in April, they had visions of epic touchdown bombs for years to come from their new rookie quarterback-wide receiver combination.
During one of this week’s training practices, those visions became a reality, as Wilson found a wide-open Moore streaking across the field for an easy score.
It won’t be that easy when the real games roll around, but plays like this are exactly why the Jets spent premium pick on both of these promising prospects.
The Jets landed their franchise left tackle in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft with Louisville’s Mekhi Becton
The New York Jets selected former Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton with the 11th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, getting a perfect fit for their biggest need on offense.
Becton was one of four elite offensive tackle prospects in this class. He was firmly entrenched in the debate of which tackle would be the first one off the board alongside Alabama’s Jedrick Wills Jr., Georgia’s Andrew Thomas and Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs. The Jets were surely thrilled to land at Becton where they did.
Becton absolutely turned heads at the combine when he ran the 40-yard dash in 5.10 seconds. Simply put, offensive tackles that weight in at 364 pounds are not supposed to move that fast.
Becton is a phenomenal prospect on tape with incredibly nimble feet. He’s very smooth in pass protection and doesn’t over-set himself against speed rushers. He’s incredibly aware of what’s going on around him at all times. Becton is blessed with 35-inch arms. That’s the type of length that offensive line coaches dream of when they think of their ideal tackles.
As you may expect with such a massive human, Becton’s upper body power is absolutely devastating. His punch and extension absolutely stunned defenders at the collegiate level. His power should translate well to the next level.
The Becton pick made sense for so many reasons. Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has shown some flashes of becoming a stellar quarterback, but the team needed to upgrade the protection in front of him. Big-time running back Le’Veon Bell also had a difficult time finding space to operate from behind a poor O-line in 2019. The selection of Becton should go a long way towards fixing both of those issues.
Everything New York Jets fans need to know heading into the 2020 NFL Draft
Everything New York Jets fans need to know heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.
Head Coach: Adam Gase
General Manager: Joe Douglas
2019 Record: 7-9
2020 DRAFT PICKS
3 (68, from Giants)
6 (211, from Chiefs)
George Fant, Connor McGovern and Greg Van Roten were all brought in to help shore up the Jets’ offensive line, but they don’t have a true franchise building block up front. Given how much talent could be available at offensive tackle when they pick in the first round, the value could end up being too good to pass up.
New addition Breshad Perriman is a step down from Robby Anderson, who signed with the Panthers in free agency, and the rest of New York’s receiving core is okay at best. If they see a receiver they think has No. 1 weapon potential, don’t be surprised if they pull the trigger.
The Jets have had a need at edge rusher for what seems like forever, and while Jordan Jenkins has had 15 sacks in the past two seasons, they desperately need more talent alongside him. Though they’ll probably go offense in Round 1, they would be smart to add an edge rusher with one of their Day 2 selections.
Jedrick Wills | OT | Alabama
Andrew Thomas | OT | Georgia
CeeDee Lamb | WR | Oklahoma
Jerry Jeudy | WR | Alabama
K’Lavon Chaisson | EDGE | LSU