Wednesday Jets Whispers

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He took another one . . .

Remember against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a scrambling Zach Wilson, got slammed by 6-5, 295-pound defensive end Cam Heyward (and two other guys) in the open field? He was fortunate not to get hurt on that play.

Well something similar happened against Buffalo, while scrambling late in the game, he got lit up by 6-3, 281-pound Bills defensive end Boogie Basham.

There is no doubt the Jets QB is a gifted scrambler, but getting lit up by players in the open field, especially large, powerful defensive ends, is a dangerous proposition.

He needs to protect himself better by either getting out of bounds or sliding more.

Remember, Wilson isn’t a huge guy. He did attempt to bulk up in the offseason, getting to 221 pounds. He was 214. But honesty, looking at him now, it looks like he might have lost some of that extra weight. Remember, he’s only 23, so his metabolism is still in high gear.

I could be wrong, but he doesn’t look as heavy now, as in the summer, so he might have less body armor

The bottom line is he needs to be careful. Taking big hits in the open field, especially from defensive linemen, is a recipe for disaster . . .

I just got an e-mail from Groupon North Jersey, a company that offers great discounts on many things, and it was an offer for Jets tickets starting at $63 for these upcoming games:

Sunday November 27, 2022 @ 1:00 PM : Chicago Bears at New York Jets
Sunday December 18, 2022 @ 1:00 PM : Detroit Lions at New York Jets
Thursday December 22, 2022 @ 8:15 PM : Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets (Thursday Night Football)

The other day, a lot of Bills fans got their hands on tickets for the Jets upset over Buffalo in MetLife Stadium. Zach Wilson had a challenge barking signals out on third down because of how much noise Bills fans were making at a Jets home game.

I don’t think any of this should be viewed as an indictment of Jets fans, some of the most passionate fans in all of sports.

But more the economy. With the inflation, and high gas and food prices, a lot of people just don’t have the disposable income they used to, so they need to cut some things out, and buying football tickets, is probably on the list of things being cut out by some people.

However, it could be a good time for fans who struggle with expensive full-price tickets, to go to Stubhub or Groupon, and got see the red-hot Jets at greatly discounted prices . . .

The Jets’ next opponent, the New England Patriots, might be winners of two in a row, but they have issues.

Their offensive line is terrible, their second-year QB, Mac Jones, who looked like a long-term answer, isn’t playing very well (perhaps in part due to the line), and now the offensive playing calling has become so vanilla, other teams are calling out the plays before they happen.

Bill Belichick, in a rare moment of candor, admitted as much during his weekly appearance on radio station WEEI.

In the last two games, Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley and Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard, seemed to know the plays before they came.

“We definitely want to prevent that¬†thought that there were two or three plays for sure that Leonard really got a big jump on and stopped us basically on those plays,” Belichick said. “Mosley got a couple of those a couple of weeks ago in the Jets game — it almost looked like he heard the play in the huddle, he was on it so fast. Leonard had a couple like that, too. So, whether it was something we were giving away or something that he anticipated based on whatever the keys were that he might have picked up, we certainly want to try to prevent that.”

Perhaps having a former defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, calling offensive plays, has led to this issue.

November 9, 2022

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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