Who: New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers
When: Sunday, 1 p.m.
The newest line: Steelers by 3.5-points
Radio: WRKY-FM 104.5; B-ROCK 107.5-FM
By Dennis Waszak, Jr.
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Zach Wilson is on his means back to main the New York Jets’ huddle.
It could be this week, or maybe next week — Robert Saleh wasn’t certain but what the doctors will say. But the necessary thing thing is it’s quickly, and that’s good news for everybody in the franchise.
“I think it’s going to deliver some motivation,” linebacker C.J. Mosley mentioned Monday. “Zach’s able to get again out there and he’s been prepared this entire offseason. It was unlucky with the damage and all.”
Wilson bruised a bone in his right knee during the preseason opener at Philadelphia on Aug. 12 and needed arthroscopic surgical procedure on a torn meniscus. The Jets have been ramping up his actions the previous two weeks, with the goal for Wilson to be back — at the earliest — Sunday at Pittsburgh.
“We’re in search of confirmation,” Saleh stated. “Once Zach’s doctors clear him, he’ll be able to roll. I can’t really outline that till we get clearance from them.”
That will come, Saleh said, in the subsequent 24 to 36 hours.
Then the 1-2 Jets will know if they’ll trot out Joe Flacco for another game, or if Wilson will finally begin his second NFL season.
From the moment final season ended, this season has been all about how Wilson progresses and develops. That was placed on pause because of the knee harm, but he’ll get the prospect to give the Jets a better really feel if he is — or isn’t — the quarterback of the longer term.
He was viewed as somewhat of a savior when he was drafted second overall last 12 months. There’s a bit of that feeling again with the Jets struggling to consistently be efficient on offense.
Wilson may certainly be a spark. But New York has a laundry list of points — on offense and defense — that have to be fastened earlier than this season flames out.
“It doesn’t actually matter, so to talk, who’s at that (quarterback) spot now,” Mosley mentioned, providing a dose of actuality. “We should execute, regardless. We can have the best quarterback on the planet or the worst quarterback in the world, and anywhere in between. If we’re not executing as a staff, it won’t matter.”
This seems like a trick query as a result of it’s tough to search out one thing that fits after the Jets’ 27-12 loss Sunday. But let’s go together with the spin on the team making important errors.
“They’re going to go away as time goes,” Saleh stated. “Part of it’s crappy luck.”
What’s not working?
This may take a while. Between the missed tackles, poor protection by the offensive line, missed receivers by Flacco and a few mental mistakes by veterans, the list is prolonged.
But the defense’s lack of ability to get off the field on third down against the Bengals was a killer. Cincinnati went 7 for 14 in those situations, highlighting what has been a weakness for New York through three games. Of the 10 touchdowns the Jets have given up in three video games, seven have come on third down.
“Our first- and second-down protection has been fairly good,” Saleh mentioned. “Third down, it’s, uh … We gave up all three of our touchdowns on third down. Just crucial errors on the most inopportune occasions. … Third down is an issue that we’ve obtained to get fixed.”
Greg Zuerlein. After a shaky start to his stint with the Jets, “Greg the Leg” has been dependable — and from lengthy distance. He missed a 45-yard field goal and an extra point within the opener, but is 6 for 6 on field-goal attempts since and made all four of his further points. He accounted for all of New York’s scoring against Cincinnati with four area goals Sunday. Zuerlein can be 3 for 3 from 50 yards or larger, turning into the first Jets kicker to have a number of makes from that distance in the first three games.
The offensive line. The huge guys up entrance allowed 4 sacks, together with two strip-sacks of Flacco, and nine pressures against Cincinnati. There have been issues coming into the season about how the road would jell after dealing with accidents and an absence of time collectively, and so they seem to have been warranted.
LB Quincy Williams will be week to week with a excessive ankle sprain, which is comparatively excellent news after he was carted off the sphere with what gave the impression to be an much more severe harm. … LT George Fant has a knee concern that has been bothering him and might need to sit out every week. Saleh stated the Jets will know extra as the week goes.
22 — The variety of seconds the Jets have held a lead this season. And that was solely as a end result of Flacco pulled off that 13-point comeback in the ultimate moments of the win at Cleveland last week.
Normally, the fourth recreation of the season is method too early to be thought of a should win, particularly when it’s at Pittsburgh. But the Jets are dealing with a very beatable Steelers team and could get again to .500 earlier than going through what now seems a brutal stretch on the schedule before their bye: home vs. Miami, at Green Bay and Denver, and home vs. New England and Buffalo.
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