As Robert SalehThe comments indicated that the Jets would make a change at the quarterback position. Tim Boyle will start work in week 12 in place of Zach Wilson, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Saleh benched Wilson in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Bills. This was another game where the Jets offense struggled greatly. The unit had very disappointing results in many categories – including third-down, where the New York season conversion rate is 22.9% – due to a number of issues. However, Wilson’s play was one of them, causing Boyle to retire from the match yesterday.
The latter went 7 of 14 for 33 yards and one interception during his brief relief appearance in Week 11. It was his first regular-season appearance for the Jets, having previously served as Wilson’s backup after Aaron Rodgers“Achilles’ tear. Wilson showed no signs of tangible development in 2023 (although factors such as an injury-laden offensive line played a role in his struggles), but Salih routinely supported him early in the campaign. However, his position changed yesterday with the announcement that New York would do so make a decision on the starter for the team’s upcoming Black Friday game.
Boyle, 29, joined the Jets in the spring to play behind Rodgers and Wilson. The signing marked his first foray outside the NFC North, after spending his first two years with the Packers followed by one-year stints in Detroit and Chicago. Boyle was part of New York’s recent roster cuts, but was immediately retained on the practice squad. This decision, combined with Rodgers’ injury and Wilson’s strong performance, has now put him in the No. 1 spot.
The former UDFA has made three starts, each of which came in 2021 with the Lions. Boyle played a total of 18 regular season games in the NFL, making him a less experienced player Trevor Siemian (35 matches, 30 starts). The last one signed in September which, as the Jets quickly confirmed, will be the team’s only outside addition at the QB spot. Siemian has remained on New York’s training squad since his arrival.
Wilson has one year left on his contract, though the Jets could elect to exercise his fifth-year option for 2025 this offseason. Such a move would be a big surprise, because for the second year in a row (after switching to Mike White which took place in 2022), had a longer streak when the starter came to an end. Today’s move is another sign of loss of confidence in the former No. 2, as well as an attempt to salvage the remaining weeks until Rodgers’ match. targeted return to action. New York will face Miami on Friday to begin its attempt to rebound offensively.