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Zach Wilson benched: Jets players informed former No. 2 overall pick will not start vs. Bears

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The New York Jets are making a quarterback change. Jets players were informed during a team meeting Wednesday that Zach Wilson would not start Sunday’s game vs. the Chicago Bears, according to ESPN and confirmed by CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones.

After a Sunday full of drama, Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters that he was not committing to starting Wilson vs. the Bears. In the 10-3 loss to the rival New England Patriots last week, Wilson completed just 9 of 22 passes for 77 yards. He missed several simple throws and had a couple would-be interceptions dropped. The Jets recorded just 103 yards of total offense — and picked up just two total yards in the second half. It led Saleh to label his offense as “dog s—.”

As if things couldn’t get any worse, Wilson then failed to take his fair share of the blame for the embarrassing performance. When asked if he felt like he let the Jets defense down after their incredible effort, Wilson responded with a quick “no.” Sources in the Jets locker room told SNY that the quarterback was “walking around after the game ‘like he wasn’t the problem.'” It apparently rubbed “more than a few” the wrong way. 

In seven games played this season, Wilson has completed 55.6% of his passes for 1,279 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. The quarterback position has been holding the Jets back. Now, they will be trying someone new. 

This is a developing story. 

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