Aaron Rodgers is not the starter for the New York Jets this week. That much is certain.
But who gets the call at quarterback when the Houston Texans hit MetLife Stadium on Sunday is “undecided.”
Head coach Robert Saleh said Monday that quarterback Zach Wilson came to him earlier in the day to tell him he “wants the ball” after Tim Boyle and the Jets’ offense produced few positives in a 13-8 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Reports on Monday surfaced claiming Wilson was “reluctant” to retake the starting job after being benched.
“If he was reluctant to play, he wouldn’t be here,” Saleh said of Wilson. “The young man wants the ball.”
New York has lost five consecutive games, scoring less than 14 points in each defeat.
The Jets (4-8) aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs but are closing in on that reality in a season derailed by Rodgers’ torn Achilles on his opening drive with the team in September.
Rodgers will “ramp up” practice this week, Saleh said, but cautioned “Don’t hold your breath” when asked if the 40-year-old could be active this week.
Trevor Siemian came off the bench to replace Boyle but was 5-of-13 passing and sacked three times by the Falcons.