During last Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, quarterback Zack Wilson left the game with a knee injury. Many Jets fans held their breath as they automatically assumed that Wilson tore his ACL and would likely miss the season.
Thankfully, New York announced on Sunday that the young quarterback would miss 2-4 weeks with a bone bruise and a torn meniscus. Many Jets fans are happy that it is not a season-ending injury and Wilson will hopefully be back early this season.
Jets Options At Quarterback
So, where do the New York Jets go from here?
Wilson is set to undergo surgery this week in Los Angeles and will miss the remainder of the preseason. His status for the September 11 season opener against the Baltimore Ravens is also up in the air.
So is it Joe Flacco's time at MetLife Stadium? He could be the best option as Flacco started games for the Jets in the past. Would he be an upgrade from Wilson? Absolutely not.
Can Mike White recapture the magic he had last season? Probably not.
Their next quarterback on the depth chart? Steve Streveler. I am sure he is an okay signal caller, but he's not a long-term answer for this team.
There is a sliver of hope, however. The 49ers are desperately trying to trade away QB Jimmy Garroppolo, and they have been trying to do so since the team lost to the Rams in the NFC Championship Game. In a previous article, I stated that I firmly believe that Zach Wilson could benefit from Garroppolo as a mentor. After the injury to Wilson, there could be a possibility that the Jets could get Garroppolo and he can serve as a placeholder until Wilson returns.
New York didn't anticipate this, although it seems like deja vu. Wilson tore his meniscus last season and was out for several weeks. When he returned, he played very well to end the 2021 season.
If Wilson is out for the first few weeks of the season, I believe the team would be okay. With a young defense and running game, the Jets should be able to tread water in the AFC East. With a somewhat easy schedule to start the season, the Jets should be able to finish with a record of .500 when Wilson comes back.
Not all hope is lost Jets fans.