2021 Schedule

2021 Schedule
0-2, 4th in AFC East
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14hRich Cimini

Jets want Wilson to learn 'boring' OK after 4 INTs

Jets quarterback Zach Wilson threw four interceptions in his first game against the Patriots, who rudely welcomed him to the AFC East rivalry in a 25-6 defeat.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Corey Davis took responsibility for Interception No. 2, saying, "I should've had that." Davis supported fellow captain Zach Wilson: "There's no quit in him. There's no quit in us."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Explaining why WR Denzel Mims was a healthy scratch, Robert Saleh said the decision came down to special teams value and the ability to play multiple positions. So Jeff Smith and Keelan Cole dressed ahead of him as the backups. Saleh on Mims: "If he can capitalize off what he did this week (in practice), I don't anticipate this being much longer. At the same time, I don't see Jeff and Keelan relenting." Translation: Mims could see more pine time.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Robert Saleh made a questionable decision with 6:11 left, opting for a FG when down 22-3. Saleh: "At that point, it was strictly to make it a two-score game and give us a chance." It was fourth-and-9, so the chances of converting were slim. But the chances of ripping off two TD drives in six minutes also were slim.

Zach Wilson throws 4 INTs in first meeting with Patriots (1:01)
13h

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets are actually playing a decent game, except for Zach Wilson (three INTs). They're running the ball (72 yards) and rushing the passer (three sacks), but Wilson is killing them with turnovers. But they're down only 13-3, so this game is far from over.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets inactives: WR Jamison Crowder, WR Denzel Mims, RB La'Mical Perine, RB Josh Adams, CB Jason Pinnock, DT Jonathan Marshall and LB Jamien Sherwood. Analysis: Robert Saleh sounded optimistic about Crowder's chances of playing, but he evidently still isn't ready because of a nagging groin injury. Mims is a healthy scratch. No surprise, but perplexing.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Predicting the Jets' inactives for tomorrow against the Patriots: LB Jamien Sherwood (injury), DT Jonathan Marshall, CB Jason Pinnock, RB Josh Adams, RB La'Mical Perine, WR Jeff Smith and WR Denzel Mims. Analysis: The expected return of WRs Jamison Crowder and Keelan Cole creates a numbers issue, one that could result in Mims being a healthy scratch. They can't dress all seven WRs. If it's six, Smith gets the edge over Mims because of special teams.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets-Patriots injury report: The expectation is that Jamison Crowder and Keelan Cole will play. They will have interesting decisions at WR. Denzel Mims and/or Jeff Smith could be inactive.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Jamison Crowder, who missed the opener due to a positive COVID-19 test, said: "It's something I had to deal with. The whole world is dealing with it." Crowder, nagged by a groin injury in recent weeks, said he would've played last week if he hadn't tested positive. He hopes to play Sunday. "I'll do what I do, be a valuable option for Zach (Wilson)," he said.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

LT Mekhi Becton is having knee surgery, Robert Saleh confirmed. The timetable is a minimum of four to eight weeks. Saleh was vague in his description of the surgery, saying there are "still decisions to be made." Sounds like the timetable is fluid. George Fant will start at left tackle; he played 132 snaps last year at LT. Good thing they signed Morgan Moses, who steps in at right tackle. They have two veteran tackles; no excuses for another bad day in pass protection.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Early in the offseason, Robert Saleh gave DC Jeff Ulbrich a poster for his office that says, "Eliminate Explosive Plays." Saleh called it a "cheesy old sign" that he's been carrying with him since he was the Jaguars' LB coach in 2014. It includes hand-drawn pictures of little bombs. Saleh's definition of explosive plays: Passes over 16 yards, runs over 12. In Week 1, they surrendered five passes and three runs.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Jets' OT Mekhi Becton now is scheduled to undergo knee surgery next Wednesday and is expected to miss 4-8 weeks, per source.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets injury report: WR Jamison Crowder practiced for the first time after coming off the COVID-19 list, and he was limited due to a groin injury from training camp.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

QB Zach Wilson took responsibility for some of the pass-protection issues, saying, "Pressure-wise, I have to do a better job of handling it. We're going to clean some things up this week." He was sacked 6 times, hit 10 times. He said the first sack was on him for not throwing quickly in a five-man protection. Wilson said he's excited about facing a Bill Belichick-coached defense. "That dude is one of the best coaches around," he said.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

With FS Lamarcus Joyner out for the season, the Jets will have to replace him with a player who wasn't in camp with them — Adrian Colbert or Jarrod Wilson or Sheldrick Redwine. "Yeah, it's definitely a challenge," DC Jeff Ulbrich said.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

OC Mike LaFleur said WR Denzel Mims had his "best week of practice" last week … and yet he still had only three snaps against Carolina. It's a weird situation. If Mims is improving, as LaFleur said, why isn't he playing more? LaFleur said they didn't have enough plays until the fourth quarter to warrant a four-man rotation. He said practice will determine which WRs get to play. With Jamison Crowder and Keelan Cole retuning, Mims could be inactive Sunday.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

George Fant said it's "very tough" to go from right to left tackle. He compared it to a baseball pitcher switching from righty to lefty. Initially, he signed with the Jets as a left tackle, but he moved to the right side when they drafted Mekhi Becton last year. Now, after working at right tackle, he has to adjust his hand placement for the left side.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards195.528th
Rushing Yards98.522nd
Points For10.030th
Points Against22.0Tied-20th