Zach Wilson dismissive when asked about role in Jets’ struggles

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Zach Wilson has played four games for the Jets since returning from his knee injury. The Jets are 1-3 in those games, the offense has not gained 300 yards in any of them and they are averaging 18 points per game in those games.

The rookie quarterback was asked after Sunday’s 31-24 loss to the Dolphins how much responsibility falls on him for the offense’s struggles in those areas.

“Yeah, I don’t worry about any of that stuff,” Wilson said, quickly dismissing the question.

There are only three games remaining in Wilson’s rookie season and it sure would be nice for the Jets to see some signs that he is the franchise quarterback they thought they were drafting at No. 2 overall.

On Sunday, he went 13 of 23 for 170 yards with a rushing touchdown and a fumble. He was sacked six times. Wilson completed just four passes in the second half and the Jets’ fourth-quarter possessions with the game in the balance ended like this: Wilson fumble, punt, punt, turnover on downs.

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Zach Wilson tries to escape a Dolphins defender.
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“Everyone is always going to look to the quarterback,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “That’s just natural. Call me old school. It’s a collective effort. It’s receivers winning one-on-one, it’s O-line protecting, it’s the run game going, and then obviously it’s Zach delivering the football where it needs to be delivered and in a timely manner. So it’s not all on Zach. It’s on all of us.”

Wilson did make some nice improvisational plays. He scrambled for a first down, making a tough run. On a throwback play, he ran around to keep the play alive and then found Ryan Griffin for a 23-yard gain. He looked more like the quarterback he was at BYU.

“I feel like this was my biggest game as far as playing free,” Wilson said. “Having that mentality of scramble around, make some guys miss, just play free, just react to what the defense is giving us. They did some things we weren’t expecting, and you got to just try and make some plays out of it.”


OC Mike LaFleur emptied his back of tricks. One gadget play worked particularly well. In the second quarter, facing third-and-15 from their own 20, the Jets had Wilson throw a short pass to Jamison Crowder, who then threw it across the field to Braxton Berrios, who gained 22 yards and a first down.


CB Brandin Echols intercepted Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown to tie the game 24-24 in the fourth quarter. It was the Jets’ first interception return for a touchdown since Oct. 1, 2020 when Pierre Desir returned one against the Broncos.


DT Quinnen Williams left the game with a left shoulder injury. Williams initially injured the shoulder last week against the Saints but was playing through it. … RB Ty Johnson and DE Shaq Lawson were surprise inactives. … OT Conor McDermott started at LT with George Fant out with a knee injury. McDermott is the Jets’ third starting left tackle this season.

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