Zach Wilson injury continues alarming trend for New York Jets’ quarterbacks – New York Jets Blog

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

1. Here they are again: Everyone knows the Jets have a checkered history in developing quarterbacks, and one of the reasons for that is they can’t keep them out of the coach’s room.

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

Wilson, who missed four games last season, cannot improve when he struggles with stops and starts due to injuries. He’s still playing young (see: his unnecessary scramble on Friday night that led to the injury) and the only thing that can change is time and repetition. The same happened to Sam Darnold, who missed three games in 2018 (foot), three in 2019 (mononucleosis) and four in 2020 (shoulder).

If we list quarterbacks whose careers have been sabotaged by injuries, start with Joe Namath in the early 1970s. Another example is Chad Pennington, who was on his way to big things before suffering shoulder injuries in 2004 and 2005. Mark Sanchez’ Jets career ended with a shoulder injury in 2013, although he was already on his way out.

The last quarterback to make the starting XI each 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 of course limit the offense. Yes, he surpassed Wilson on a few days early in training camp, but let’s face it: no one shows up at MetLife Stadium on 9/11 to see Flacco leading the offense.

While not a full-blown disaster, the Wilson injury is a buzzkill. The franchise knows that feeling all too well.

2. Frustrated Mims: It was an unusual sight: The other day, wide receiver Denzel Mims was talking to Saleh in the middle of the field, away from the other players — while work out. It’s unusual to see a player in Saleh’s room. A few days later, during a break, they had another one-on-one on the field. They also had private chats behind the scenes.

Something’s going on here. Mims, who has already expressed his belief he’s good enough to be a starter, isn’t happy with his options.

“Yeah, he’s expressing that, and he should be expressing it,” Saleh said ahead of the preseason opener. “If he didn’t think he was a starter, I would think there would be a serious problem. … He’s getting better and expressing frustration, but at the same time it doesn’t affect his day-to-day approach. which is great.”

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

Mims hasn’t requested a swap, although it’s believed some teams would be interested if general manager Joe Douglas decided to buy him in. Mims lives just a few miles from the Dallas Cowboys facility, and everyone knows the Cowboys are injured at the receiver — though they’ve expressed confidence in their current group.

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

3. Historically Violated: They would be hard pressed to find many players luckier with injuries than Mekhi Becton (knee), who is expected to miss the season, a source said. Consider his first three seasons:

2020: 14 games played.

2021: One game.

2022: zero.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, no offensive lineman drafted into the top 15 since 1990 will have played in fewer games than Becton in his first three seasons if he misses all of 2022. The last player with fewer games was John Clay, picked 15th overall by the Raiders in 1987. He only played 12 games in his first two seasons and never made it to a third year.

While Saleh said Becton’s “ride isn’t over yet,” it’s fair to wonder about his future. This is his second right knee operation, both involving the kneecap. This, combined with past weight and conditioning issues, will certainly make a comeback more difficult.

Defensive end Carl Lawson, who has survived two cruciate ligament surgeries and a torn Achilles tendon, knows how grueling rehab can be. He said Becton faces “a tough road ahead,” especially when he pays attention to the negativity on social media. “It might cloud his judgment, maybe not,” he said. “I don’t know what his story will be. If you want something, you find a way to sacrifice everything you can and get it.”

4. Very simple: One of the keys to newly signed offensive tackle Duane Brown’s success will be managing his practice repeaters. He will be 37 at the start of the season and have 12,529 career snaps on his odometer. His knees are creaking, so he needs rest. The Seattle Seahawks did a great job last season, getting 17 starts out of him.

According to the official injury reports, Brown sat out 20 of 51 regular-season training sessions. There was only one week when he practiced every day. In almost all cases he was not performed with an injury, but only with a “rest day”.

The Jets assume they have a similar plan. The downside is that as a newcomer to the team and system, he needs to practice as much as possible. Only 12 training camp drills remain before they start preparing for Week 1, including just seven in pads. The clock is ticking.

5. Check in: Williams agent Nicole Lynn of Klutch Sports visited the Jets facility six days ago to meet with Douglas. No, that doesn’t mean a contract extension is imminent. The two sides have an open line of communication and occasionally touch; this has been going on 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 signed until 2023, so there’s no sense of urgency for the Jets. Williams can improve his negotiating position with a monster year and people on the team said he had a great camp.

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

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

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

Memo to all Richmond natives with offensive line experience: Send game cartridges to Douglas.

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

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