PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson injured his proper knee within the first quarter of Friday evening’s 24-21 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
After going again to cross with 4:29 left within the interval, Wilson was flushed out of the pocket and scrambled to his proper for 7 yards, however went down after the play. He appeared to injure his knee when planting to chop on Philadelphia’s grass discipline.
After being checked by trainers, Wilson limped to the sideline on his personal energy earlier than heading to the locker room.
Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts regarded sharp, finishing all six of his cross makes an attempt for 80 yards and a landing whereas taking part in only one sequence.
There are excessive hopes this 12 months for the 23-year-old Wilson, who was drafted No. 2 general final 12 months. He had an up-and-down rookie season, throwing 9 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 13 video games, however went with out an interception in his last 5 video games.
Wilson was shaky in his first sequence towards Philadelphia’s starters, going 1 for 3 for 10 yards with an interception. Eagles linebacker Kyzir White stepped in entrance of Wilson’s supposed cross for broad receiver Corey Davis and returned it 27 yards to the Jets 20 on what gave the impression to be a poor learn by the New York quarterback. Wilson’s first cross of the sport was a badly thrown out-route supposed for rookie first-round choose Garrett Wilson.
Wilson struggled with accuracy final season, rating final within the league in completion price (55.6%) and passer ranking (69.7). His decision-making and accuracy had regarded higher this summer season throughout coaching camp.
Earlier than his damage, Wilson was sharper in his second sequence, albeit towards Philadelphia backups. He linked with tight finish Tyler Conklin for 4 yards after which hit broad receiver Elijah Moore for 9 yards, ending 3 for five for 23 yards and an interception.
On the play by which he was harm, a primary down from the New York 42-yard line, Wilson faked a handoff to working again Michael Carter on a play-action cross play however was pressured to scramble after defensive lineman Tarron Jackson beat proper deal with Max Mitchell across the finish. With Eagles first-round rookie defensive deal with Jordan Davis in sizzling pursuit, Wilson tried to juke previous linebacker Nakobe Dean however went down after being barely touched by Dean.
Coach Robert Saleh stood close by whereas trainers attended to Wilson.
It’s the identical knee that Wilson suffered a sprained PCL in Week 7 towards New England final 12 months. He was sidelined 4 video games earlier than returning and taking part in the remainder of the season.
The Jets even have 37-year-old quarterback Joe Flacco, however he was not in uniform for the sport as a handful of veterans didn’t play within the preseason opener.
Jets fourth-stringer Chris Streveler, a 2019 Gray Cup champion with the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, threw two TD passes, together with a go-ahead 5-yard toss to Calvin Jackson Jr. with 16 seconds left. Streveler, who beforehand frolicked within the NFL with Arizona, Baltimore and Miami, had not taken a snap in offensive group drills in camp this summer season earlier than taking part in towards Philadelphia.
Not like Wilson, Hurts acquired out of the sport apparently unscathed — although he took a vicious helmet-to-helmet, out-of-bounds hit by linebacker Quincy Williams that left Philadelphia head coach Nick Sirianni furious.
After making the playoffs within the first season underneath Sirianni final 12 months, there’s nice hope in Philadelphia for extra progress this season. The most popular subject on the town is whether or not Hurts can elevate his recreation to a degree that will enable the Eagles to make a deep playoff run.
A second-round choose, Hurts is getting into his third season and second as a full-time starter. He confirmed his dual-threat capacity final season, passing for 3,144 yards and speeding for team-bests of 784 yards and 10 touchdowns. However he was twenty sixth in completion price (61.3 p.c) and twenty second in passer ranking (87.2), and his accuracy and arm energy have been targets for skeptics. An up-and-down coaching camp solely has fueled the ire of Hurts’ doubters.
However Hurts got here out firing on all cylinders in his first alternative to point out his progress in a reside video games after an offseason full of labor, hitting broad receiver Quez Watkins for 28 yards down the best sideline on the sport’s first play. He linked together with his subsequent 4 passes earlier than ending an ideal passing drive with a 22-yard landing strike to tight finish Dallas Goedert.
Hurts regarded spectacular with out even focusing on his new No. 1 receiver, A.J. Brown, whom the Eagles acquired in a draft-day commerce with the Tennessee Titans and promptly signed to a four-year cope with $57 million assured.
Hurts’ lone drive wasn’t with out concern, although, as he was leveled with a tough hit from Williams regardless of being clearly out of bounds after scrambling for no achieve. Williams was flagged for pointless roughness, and Sirianni tore off his headset and screamed towards the Jets bench whereas standing practically 20 yards on the sector.
Philadelphia’s opening drive wasn’t a very good signal for a revamped Jets protection that completed 2021 final in whole protection and scoring protection, thirtieth in cross protection and twenty ninth towards the run. New York made a number of additions to bolster its protection, together with deciding on cornerback Sauce Gardner No. 4 general and defensive lineman Jermaine Johnson No. 26 within the first spherical of this 12 months’s draft. However the Jets protection put up little resistance to Hurts and the Eagles.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders caught two Hurts passes for 20 whole yards through the opening drive. Cross receiving is an space of enchancment for Sanders, who’s within the last season of a four-year deal. He has rushed for two,439 yards and 9 touchdowns in 40 video games.
COLE, DOUGLAS TABBED
Former Eagles defensive linemen Trent Cole and Hugh Douglas might be inducted into the membership’s corridor of fame on Nov. 27 once they host the Inexperienced Bay Packers, the group introduced. Cole had 85½ sacks in 10 seasons with the Eagles, and Douglas had 54½ in six years.
Jets: OL Conor McDermott (left ankle sprain) is out 1 to 2 weeks. … RT Mekhi Becton was sidelined after struggling a knee damage in apply that’s anticipated to value him the season. Becton, a 2020 first-round choose, missed all however the first recreation final season after dislocating his proper kneecap and struggling cartilage harm within the opener.
Eagles: C Jason Kelce had elbow surgical procedure earlier this week, and his streak of beginning 122 consecutive regular-season video games could possibly be in jeopardy when the season opens. Rookie Cam Jurgens took Kelce’s place. … Beginning offensive linemen Jordan Mailata and Andre Dillard performed the primary sequence after lacking practices just lately due to concussions. … Operating backs Boston Scott (concussion) and Kenneth Gainwell (hip) didn’t play. … G Landon Dickerson (sore foot) didn’t play and was changed by Sua Opeta. … WR Greg Ward (toe), DT Javon Hargrave (toe sprain) and S Jaquiski Tartt (private causes) had been out.
Jets: Host the Atlanta Falcons within the second of their three preseason video games on Aug. 22 in preparation for the season opener on Sept. 11 towards Baltimore.
Eagles: On the Cleveland Browns on Aug. 21 within the second of three preseason video games to prepare for the season opener on Sept. 11 at Detroit.
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