NEW YORK (NWN) — The New York Jets’ defense was brutal again. After a concerted effort last week all the positive emotions were gone, like dealing with a lapse.
And the Jets had their fill of those Sundays.
now what? Well, it’s a season-long work in progress.
But rookie quarterback Zack Wilson has evolved, too. And that’s where New York’s 33-18 loss saw a glimmer of hope. to Philadelphia.
Wilson had arguably his best game in the NFL, especially the first half—a period during which he has struggled mightily. He was 23 for 38 for two touchdowns and one TD run with 226 yards and one interception. But the number was not that high because it was the decision making and the way of playing which were much better.
“Yeah, there were definitely improvements,” Wilson said after the game. “I thought I had some good plays going as far as putting my team in the best judgment that I could every time and processing to get people through.
“Now, the next step comes from finding that balance with how I can now go out and use my ability to play and stay within offense 99% of the time.”
This is the final leg of five matches for the Jets. They need to get their quarterback into a groove where they know the No. 2 overall draft pick has made significant strides — physically and mentally — going into the offseason.
“His footwork was awesome,” said coach Robert Saleh. “His eyes, his pace, are playing within the plan and trying not to over-analyze. Not trying to pay Defense just because you can know what they are doing. I thought it was their best game so far in terms of work-in-progress and playing within the plan. ,
Wilson was 12 of 14 for 108 yards and had two TD passes and scoring runs in the first half, when the Jets went 24-18 after two quarters. He went scoring drive to drive with the Eagles and Gardner Minshoo – each getting a TD on his first three offensive possessions.
The run ended on the Jets’ fourth possession when they went three-out. Defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbricht said New York had 15 misses the defense couldn’t deal with. And the Eagles held the ball for all but 70 seconds in the third quarter, putting Wilson and the Jets’ offense on the sidelines for eternity.
“I wish we could have him in the second half, because I thought he was getting ready for an explosive game overall,” Saleh said.
Wilson needed to improve more, but that was enough to provide an optimistic sliver on Sunday, even as the Jets fell to 3-9.
what is working
Wilson’s Progress. It was only one game, but that’s what the Jets want to see. There were a lot of questions – and rust – when he missed four games with a sprained knee ligament. The rookie replied on some Sundays.
what help do you need
Defense. After giving 418 yards to the Eagles it was back to the drawing board. Cornerback Bryce Hall said the Jets spent the entire week preparing for Jalen Harts, who missed the game with an ankle injury. But several others said he had planned the game for the Eagles’ offense, which Ulbricht said didn’t turn out much as planned with Minshaw at quarterback. Still, the Jets couldn’t keep Philly out of the end zone in the first half, and New York’s D couldn’t get off the ground in the third quarter.
“It hurts,” Ulbricht said of the performance. “I’m a proud person and I put a lot into it, and the players put everything they’ve got into it. We don’t work our (bum) things like we do to get results.”
Braxton Berrios. Speedy is making his mark as a wide receiver returner. He ranks first in the NFL with an average of 28.9 among players with 15 or more kickoff returns, helped by his 79-yard return on the opening kickoff on Sunday. Berios is also among the league leaders with an average of 13.6 on punt runbacks.
Alex Kesman. The rookie kicker, who won the open competition last week against Matt Ammandola, was signed to the active roster on Saturday – but missed only two of his kicks and went on Monday. The Jets waived him to replace Eddie Pinero, who would be the ninth player to kick off a regular season game for New York since the start of the 2017 season.
WR Corey Davis having core muscle surgery on Tuesday And he is out for the rest of the season after suffering a groin injury on Sunday. … CB is in Michael Carter II Concussion Protocol. … RG Laurent DuVernay-Tardiff is day to day with an ankle injury.
70 – The number of seconds the Jets had in the third quarter. This What prompted Namath to tweet After hearing it on the TV broadcast: “Did they say the Jets only had the ball for 70 seconds throughout the third quarter?” Yes, we guarantee it’s true, Joe.
Linebacker CJ Mosley makes headlines after game When he said the Jets needed to change the narrative because the teams didn’t respect him. Well, it comes with victory. And his next shot comes at home against New Orleans, which, like Philadelphia, blasts into the quarterback.
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