Robert Saleh refutes reports on Jets QB Zach Wilson's reluctance to start again

Antwan Staley, New York Daily News on

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Following Sunday’s 13-8 debacle against the Falcons, Robert Saleh told reporters he needed more time to decide who the Jets starting quarterback will be during this week’s game against the Texans.

After starting Tim Boyle the last two weeks and benching him for Trevor Siemian, who also struggled, they are considering going back to Zach Wilso n, who started nine consecutive games after Aaron Rodgers’ Achilles injury.

However, Saleh did not name a starter during his press conference on Monday afternoon.

“I’m still not there yet,” Saleh said.

To say the quarterback situation for the Jets is a mess would be an understatement. It has been a game of musical chairs, especially recently.

According to a report by The Athletic, the Jets want Wilson to be the starting quarterback once again. However, he has been hesitant to play again.


The Jets benched Wilson in favor of Boyle during their Week 11 loss against the Bills because he struggled with holding the ball too long in the pocket and his decision-making. A separate report also claimed Wilson would play if the team asked him.

Saleh refuted those reports about Wilson and his reluctance to play for the Jets again. However, he didn’t disclose what he and Wilson discussed during their meeting on Monday.

“Let’s be clear, if he was reluctant to play, he wouldn’t be here,” Saleh said. “I actually just got done speaking with him. He came in here like half an hour ago, and we had a really good conversation.

“The young man wants the ball, he wants to start, he believes he is the best quarterback in the room and the best quarterback for this team and the guy that gives us the best chance to win. I will tell you guys the same thing I told him, ‘I appreciate it, I appreciate that he wants to play, I’m just not there yet.”


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