NY Jets left in awful position with Zach Wilson after Aaron Rodgers injury

The Jets are right back where they started.
NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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In a span of not even 30 minutes, Aaron Rodgers went from the savior of the NY Jets and a Super Bowl frontrunner to someone who is likely going to miss a large chunk of time. Rodgers' Achilles injury pushed the volatile Zach Wilson back into the lineup as the quarterback.

For most of New York's Monday Night Football opener against the Buffalo Bills, Wilson looked as horrendous as he usually does. Wilson struggled to see the field, deliver the ball accurately, and stand in the pocket. In other words, he looked like the same kid out of BYU who was so bad he prompted the Rodgers trade in the first place.

Wilson did manage to make a few plays that were interesting in the Jets' insane 22-16 comeback win, but he was largely ineffective, and that was reflected in the conservative nature of the team's playcalling. Robert Saleh has said Wilson will be the starter, but they will likely add one more quarterback as a backup.

The Jets could have added a high-end backup with fringe starter potential like Gardner Minshew or Jacoby Brissett when they had the chance, but Joe Douglas stuck with Wilson. If he plays like he did against Buffalo for the rest of the year, Douglas' inactivity will haunt the Jets.

NY Jets QB situation made worse by Zach Wilson as QB2

The Jets only have Wilson and Tim Boyle, who will likely never see the field this season, on the active roster. With a gauntlet of games against contenders coming up on the schedule, the Jets will need to figure out a more robust situation in the quarterback room fast.

This can come through a veteran addition, as names like Carson Wentz remain unsigned. Joe Flacco would be the most unspiring option available, but the familiarity he has with Douglas and Robert Saleh could play in his favor. This is what happens when you have to figure the room out on the fly.

Even an improved Wilson is likely not going to perform well enough in a Nathaniel Hackett-led offense to move the needle in the Jets' favor. The Jets now have to find some temporary Band-Aids to patch up the most important position, and Douglas alone is to blame.