Zach Wilson, New York Jets, Carolina Panthers
Zach Wilson, New York Jets, Carolina Panthers, Getty Images

The Jets’ reserves made themselves comfortable in Carolina’s heat

  • New York Jets 27 (1-1)
  • Carolina Panthers 0 (0-1)
  • NFL, Preseason, Final
  • Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC

Aerial touchdowns for tight ends Kenny Yeboah, E.J. Jenkins, and Zack Kuntz proved more than enough for the New York Jets to prevail in their second preseason game of the 2023 NFL season, as a sterling defensive effort led to a 27-0 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

With a good number of New York starters sitting out again, Zach Wilson was granted quarterback duties for the entire first half, completing 14-of-20 passes for 123 yards. His final throw of the day was a two-yard scoring toss to Yeboah, one that gave the Jets a two-possession lead that proved permanent.

Wilson also helped set up the Jets’ first scoring drive of the day, one that ended with a Greg Zuerlein field goal, with a 25-yard hook-up with top-depth running back Michael Carter.

The Jets (1-1) also offered a rude welcome to the NFL for the most recent top overall pick, Bryce Young.

Between Young and Matt Corral, Carolina quarterbacks were sacked five times, with Quinton Jefferson earning the honors on the former.

Young completed 4-of-6 attempts in his unofficial NFL debut but was limited to only 21 yards, the longest going eight.

Though a review denied him a second preseason end zone visit, rookie running back Israel Abanikanda tallied 85 total yards while Carter mustered 53. Most of the former’s tally came on the aforementioned final drive of the first half, an eight-play, 61-yard trek that ended in Yeboah’s haul.

With the Jets lead previously sustained by another Zuerlein field goal, the teams opened the second half by exchanging turnovers: XFL arrival Bruce Hector earned a strip sack of Panthers’ thrower Matt Corral.

However, Sam Franklin intercepted Tim Boyle on the very next possession (though he was denied a touchdown by Boyle himself, who made the tackle).

The Jets broke through with two final touchdowns.

Boyle found redemption with two aerial tallies, the first to E.J. Jenkins and the other to tight end Kuntz on their final possession.

The New York Jets will spend the second half of their preseason quartet at MetLife Stadium, beginning with a visit from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Saturday night (7:30 p.m. ET, WCBS).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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