NY Jets insist they're not quitting on Zach Wilson just yet

Justin Fried
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We might not see Zach Wilson take the field again for the NY Jets this season following his disastrous performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football this past week.

However, that doesn't mean the franchise is done with him. At least if you listen to head coach Robert Saleh, Wilson could still have a future with the organization.

Saleh spoke to reporters on Monday and insisted that the Jets still very much believe Wilson has a bright future — a future that they hope and expect to be in New York.

Saleh insisted that the Jets aren't "quitting" on Wilson and that they will do everything they can to further his development, both this season and in the future.

"He still has a huge plan in our future and like I said, we are not quitting on the young man. We are going to do everything we can to develop him."

Robert Saleh

Don't listen to everything the NY Jets say publicly about Zach Wilson

Saleh may continue to claim that Wilson has a future with the Jets, he may continue to assert that the Jets haven't soured on his long-term future, but actions speak louder than words.

The Jets have lost all faith in Wilson. That was abundantly apparent when they benched him mid-game for a 27-year-old journeyman practice squad quarterback who can barely throw the ball 30 yards down the field.

With their season on the line, the Jets felt more comfortable inserting Chris Streveler into the game for the first time this season than the player they drafted second overall less than two years ago. That's as significant of an indictment on his Jets' future as possible.

The Jets will be in search of a new quarterback this offseason. Whether that player is Mike White or, more likely, an external addition, Wilson will not factor into the quarterback picture next season.

There remains a chance he could return as the third-stringer, but it seems more likely that both sides will hope for a change of scenery in the near future. If the Jets can get some team to bite, expect the team to part ways with Wilson in the offseason.

That's primarily why Saleh continues to say "the right thing" in regard to his young quarterback. Not only does Saleh not want to throw his player under the bus, but any public criticism of his long-term future would most definitely hinder any trade value he still has left.

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The Jets will say all the right things regarding Zach Wilson, but one thing is certain: take it all with a grain of salt. Wilson's days in New York are as good as numbered.

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