Star wide receiver Garrett Wilson, a key asset for the New York Jets, is reportedly dismayed by the team’s underwhelming performance this season, expressing his discontent over the unforeseen challenges they have faced.
However, the absence of Aaron Rodgers has taken a toll on the Jets’ offensive prowess, as they currently languish at the bottom of the NFL standings for both offensive yards per game (averaging 255.1) and touchdowns scored (16). To put this into perspective, the struggling Carolina Panthers, with a 2-12 record, have managed to score three more touchdowns than the Jets.
For a player like Wilson, who contributed significantly to the team’s touchdowns and clinched the offensive Rookie of the Year title last season, such statistics are undoubtedly disheartening. The 23-year-old envisioned a season with robust protection, but the reality has fallen short of expectations.
Following a demoralizing 30-0 defeat against the Miami Dolphins last week, during which Wilson did not see the ball until the third quarter, his dissatisfaction has only intensified. Reflecting on the disappointing performance, he remarked, “You practice all week, practice your whole life, and you go out there and play like this. So, disappointing. We had to get to the drawing board and figure it out. The toughest thing is knowing the preparation you put in and all of it going to the—I don’t know, maybe it’s not going by the wayside. But just not being able to put it on display on a Sunday—on a given Sunday—that’s the frustrating part about it.”
Wilson’s Potential Rebound Against the Washington Commanders
Despite the recent setbacks, there remains a glimmer of hope for Wilson and the Jets as they prepare to face the Washington Commanders. The Miami game, marred by a lack of points and the unfortunate loss of quarterback Zach Wilson to concussions, necessitated veteran Trevor Siemian to step in. The combined effort yielded a mere 26 yards for Wilson.
With a struggling offensive line and the uncertainty of Zach Wilson’s availability, the Jets, surprisingly, find themselves as close three-point favorites against the Washington Commanders. Both teams, having been eliminated from playoff contention, now play for pride alone.
The upcoming matchup could provide Wilson with increased opportunities, contingent upon the determination of the starting quarterback. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers, currently on injured reserve, faces diminishing chances of making a comeback before the clash with the Cleveland Browns.