Zach Wilson, NY Jets, Injury, Return
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The New York Jets are ramping things up for quarterback Zach Wilson

It has already been reported that the New York Jets will again start Joe Flacco at quarterback for their Week 3 tilt against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium.

However, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has revealed that Zach Wilson‘s season debut may be on the horizon.

Wilson is expected to take “a little bit of a step in practice this week,” Rapoport says.

“[Wilson is] going to take part in 7-on-7s a little more than he did previously, just to ramp him up and see if they can get to the point where he is a full go by the time they get to Steelers week. That is the goal; he is recovering from meniscus surgery and a bone bruise, bone bruise probably proving to be the one that takes a little more time. But if he can get through the practice week this week, then you might see him fully against the Steelers.

The Jets’ Week 4 road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was head coach Robert Saleh‘s initial target for the “earliest” Wilson could return when discussing the injury prior to Week 1. It appears Wilson remains on track to reach that goal.

Wilson returned to practice in limited fashion ahead of the team’s Week 2 game against the Cleveland Browns. He participated in some 7-on-7 drills and appeared to be moving around smoothly. Wilson had no brace on his injured knee.

This week’s contest will mark Wilson’s seventh missed game out of 20 team games since he joined the Jets. Durability is certainly becoming a long-term concern for him, so the Jets are wise to play things as safe as possible and make sure Wilson is completely healthy before putting him back out there.

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Mike Palazzo
Mike Palazzo
4 days ago

Even though Joe has been overthrowing receivers and not seeing open receivers he is gelling with them better than expected. He has 5 TD’s and 1 Int (where Cager fell) His numbers could be a lot worse. In Joes defense. We are only 2 games into the season. His Tackles have been shuffled and Week 1 was a disasterpiece by the O-line. I would not like to see Zach come back as soon as he is 100%. We have to find a way to work him back slowly during practice so that he can Start gelling with his receivers and build timing with them back up. I’m sure that progress has been lost during his time injured. Giving him 1 week of Full Practice to regain the multiple weeks progress he has lost with his injury would be unwise.

rich engle
rich engle
5 days ago

Thank u for keeping us informed. Why don’t we keep starting flacco when he has had 2 300 yd games? Also, why not Mike white over Wilson too. Mike had 400 yds once last year. What is management thinking… That Wilson could be like Chad Pennington was?

Mike Palazzo
Mike Palazzo
4 days ago
Reply to  rich engle

I agree with Flacco. Its his job to keep until he loses it. White had his chance last year but lost the job after a 4Int game against the Bills.