HOUSTON — Zach is back, and now we will see what that means for the Jets’ attack.
Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson returns to the lineup Sunday against the Texans, after he missing the past four games with a knee injury. Wilson has watched the offense take off without him — whether Mike White, Josh Johnson or Joe Flacco was playing quarterback.
The offense averaged 435.8 yards per game in the past four after averaging 272.3 in the first six games with Wilson. The rookie from BYU said he is not out to prove anything in his return, though.
“I don’t really care what anybody really thinks, if I’m being honest,” Wilson said. “I want to see improvement in myself, as far as when I watch the tape at the end of the day, do I see improvement. Not necessarily looking at a stat line or just the win column. When we handle our business at each individual player, the wins will take care of themselves. And so I just got to be able to go in there and grade myself based off of how I’m doing each and every single play of just making the best decision I can.”
Wilson said his goal is to play fast, within the offense and give his playmakers chances to make plays.
For the 2-8 Jets, this is a game in their weight class. The 2-8 Texans are a team they can compete with and possibly get their third win. Of course, the Texans view the Jets the same way. The Texans are coming off a shocking 22-13 win over the Titans last week and should be feeling good about themselves.
The Jets have lost three straight games, including last week’s 24-17 loss to the Dolphins. That was a game the Jets had a chance to win but they made repeated boneheaded mistakes and cost themselves that opportunity.
The conversation around the team this week has been about not committing the self-inflicted wounds that cost you games.
“That’s what it’s all about. When you have those situations like that, can you learn from it?” linebacker C.J. Mosley said. “Whether you adjust it on the sideline the next play or whether it comes back up a few weeks down the road, that’s when teams start to take their jump when they stop making those … the things that beat them or the things that we do to get us beat, eliminate those mistakes and not have them reoccur, that’s how we take one small step to get better.”
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