Zach Wilson injury continues dangerous trend for New York Jets quarterback – New York Jets Blog

Florham Park, NJ – A look at what’s happening around the New York Jets:

1. Here they go again: The Jets have a star-crossed history when it comes to developing quarterbacks, and one reason is that they can’t keep them out of the coach’s room.

For the second time in 10 months, Zach Wilson is looking at the possibility of missing regular-season games with his right knee injury. While the Jets haven’t ruled him out for the opener, the most realistic scenario is that Flacco starts a game or two. One of the knocks on Wilson during the 2021 draft process was his durability (shoulder surgery and a finger injury in college), and he’s done nothing to change that narrative.

Wilson, who missed four games last season due to injury, is unlikely to improve as he faces stops and starts. He still plays young (see: his unnecessary scramble Friday night that led to the injury), and the only thing that can change is time and repetition. The same happened with Sam Darnold, who missed three games in 2018 (foot), three in 2019 (mononucleosis) and four in 2020 (shoulder).

If we’re listing quarterbacks whose careers were destroyed by injuries, start with Joe Namath in the early 1970s. Another example is Chad Pennington, who was on to big things in 2004 and 2005 before suffering a shoulder injury. Mark Sanchez’s Jets career ended in 2013 with a shoulder injury, even though he was already out.

The last quarterback to start every game in a season? Ryan Fitzpatrick, 2015. Fitz Magic, indeed.

Flacco, 37, hasn’t won a start since 2019, but he’s a seasoned pro who will make the right decisions. His lack of mobility will limit the offense. Yes, he outplayed Wilson a few days earlier in training camp, but let’s be real: No one is going to show up for Flacco to lead the offense on Sept. 11 at MetLife Stadium.

Wilson’s injury, while not a full-blown disaster, is a buzzkill. The franchise is all too familiar with that feeling.

2. Desperate Mims: It was an unusual sight: There was wide receiver Denzel Mims talking to Saleh the other day in the middle of the field, away from the rest of the players — in time Practice. It is unusual to see a player in Saleh’s space. A few days later, they had another one-on-one conversation on the field during a break. They have also had private conversations behind the scenes.

Something is happening. Mims, who has already expressed his belief that he is good enough to be a starter, isn’t happy with his chances.

“Yes, he expresses that, and he should express it,” Saleh said before the preseason opener. “If he doesn’t think he’s a starter, I think there’s going to be a serious problem. … He’s getting better and he expresses frustration, but at the same time it doesn’t fizzle his day-to-day approach, which is awesome.”

On Friday night, Mims capped a strange week with a mixed performance. He made two catches for 25 yards, but also had a drop and an illegal formation penalty. He played just 15 offensive snaps, with none of the starters. He was the seventh wide receiver entering the game. Oddly enough, he got a lot of positive feedback from the coaches in the run-up to the game, sources said.

Mims has not requested a trade, although it is believed that some teams would be interested if general manager Joe Douglas decided to shop him. Mims lives a few miles from the Dallas Cowboys’ facility, and everyone knows the Cowboys are hurting at receiver — even though they’ve expressed confidence in their current group.

It’s hard for Douglas to give up on a 2020 second-round pick, but if the right offer comes along … who knows? Now, his roster spot is in jeopardy.

3. Historical Injury: You’d be hard-pressed to find more players who have experienced worse luck with injuries than Mekhi Becton (knee), one source said. Consider his first three seasons:

2020: Played 14 games.

2021: A game.

2022: Zero.

No offensive lineman drafted in the top 15 since 1990 has played in fewer games in his first three seasons than Becton if he misses all of 2022, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The last player with fewer games was John Clay, who was selected 15th overall by the Raiders in 1987. He played in just 12 games in his first two seasons, never making it into the third year.

Although Saleh says Becton’s “ride isn’t over,” it’s fair to think about his future. He is undergoing a second surgery on his right knee, including both knee caps. That, along with a history of weight and conditioning issues, will certainly make a comeback more challenging.

Defensive end Carl Lawson, who has overcome two ACL surgeries and a torn Achilles, knows how grueling rehabilitation can be. He said Becton faces “a tough road,” especially if he pays attention to negativity on social media. “It may cloud his judgment, it may not,” he said. “I don’t know what his story will be. If you want something, find a way to sacrifice whatever you can and get it.”

4. It’s easy to do: One of the keys to newly signed offensive tackle Duane Brown’s success is managing his practice reps. He will be 37 when the season begins, with 12,529 career snaps on his odometer. His knee is sore, so he needs rest. The Seattle Seahawks did its best last season, making 17 starts with him.

According to the official injury report, Brown sat out 20 of 51 regular-season practices. There was only one week in which he practiced every day. In almost every case, he wasn’t listed with an injury, just a “rest” day.

Jet has a similar plan. The downside is that, being new to the team and the system, he needs to practice as much as possible. Only 12 training camp practices remain before they begin their Week 1 preparations, with only seven pads. The clock is ticking.

5. Checking in: Williams’ agent, Nicole Lynn of Clutch Sports, visited the Jets’ facility six days ago to meet with Douglas. No, that doesn’t mean a contract extension is imminent. The two parties have an open line of communication and touch base on occasion; This has been happening for several months.

Williams, entering his fourth season, is eligible for a new contract for the first time. With his fifth-year option, he’s under contract through 2023, so there’s no sense of urgency for the Jets. Williams could increase his conversational status with a monster year, and people around the team said he’s having a good camp.

6. Second career: Speaking of agents, former Jets GM Mike Maccagnan is now a registered agent, according to the NFLPA directory. No word if he has any clients.

7. Richmond Pipeline: When Douglas needs an offensive tackle, he looks to Richmond, Virginia. Consider:

Becton, Brown and Morgan Moses, a 2021 free-agent signee, were all born and attended high school in the Richmond area. Clearly, Douglas has an affinity for the city. He was also born and raised in the same area. Where did he go to college? University of Richmond, of course.

Memo to all Richmond natives with offensive line experience: send game tapes to Douglas.

8. Last word: “Have a legendary day.” — Linebacker Kwon Alexander at the end of each media session

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