Oct 24, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) on the ground injured against the New England Patriots in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jets QB Zach Wilson to miss 2-4 weeks

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson will miss 2-to-4 weeks with a sprained PCL, ESPN reported Monday, citing results from an MRI.

Wilson injured his right knee Sunday in the Jets’ 54-13 loss to the New England Patriots.

Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, took a big hit from Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon early in the second quarter. He remained on the ground before being helped off the field by trainers. He was evaluated in the medical tent before heading to the locker room.

Wilson, 22, completed 6 of 10 passes for 51 yards before exiting the contest. For the season, he has passed for 1,168 yards with four touchdowns and nine interceptions in six starts.

He was replaced by Mike White, who played in an NFL game for the first time. On his first career pass attempt, White threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis to cut New England’s lead to 17-7.

White, 26, was a fifth-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2018. He has been with the Jets since 2019. White finished with 202 yards on 20-of-32 passing with one TD and two interceptions.

The Jets (1-5) host the Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) next Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA;  New England Patriots cornerback Myles Bryant (41) reacts with linebacker Josh Uche (55) after sacking New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (not seen) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots knock off Jets for 12th straight time

Mac Jones passed for a career-high 307 yards and two touchdowns, Damien Harris rushed for 106 yards and two scores and the New England Patriots handled the visiting New York Jets 54-13 in an AFC East matchup Sunday afternoon.

Jones (24 of 36) earned his first home victory in his fifth start at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots (3-4) avoided their worst home start since a 6-0 loss to the Jets on Nov. 28, 1993 dropped them at 0-5 at Foxboro Stadium.

Jones also secured his first NFL victory in the Patriots’ 25-6 win at the Jets on Sept. 19. New England earned its 12th straight win over New York dating back to Dec. 27, 2015.

Jets starting quarterback and No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson exited with a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return. Backup Mike White made his NFL debut in place of Wilson and finished 20-of-32 passing for 202 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for New York (1-5).

Wilson was injured after taking a hit from Patriots linebacker Matt Judon while throwing a deep ball to the end zone. Wilson was 6-of-10 passing for 51 yards at the time of his injury.

Four plays after Wilson departed, White fired a 3-yard strike to Corey Davis for his first NFL touchdown pass to pull New York within 17-7 with 10:39 left before halftime.

New England led 31-7 at the half after a pair of Jones’ touchdown passes late in the second quarter. It was the Patriots’ largest first-half point total since scoring 38 against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 26, 2014.

New England’s first touchdown came on a trick play after wide receiver Kendrick Bourne lobbed a 25-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to make it 7-0 with 12:43 left in the first quarter.

Nick Folk’s 39-yard field goal with 14:10 left in the second quarter was the 300th made field goal of his career. The 14-year veteran and former longtime Jets kicker became the 35th player in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) rushes against New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (20) during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Jets S Marcus Maye claims he doesn’t want to be traded

Less than 15 months since trading Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks, the New York Jets could have another disgruntled safety on their hands in the form of Marcus Maye.

Except that Maye insisted Thursday that he isn’t interested in a trade.

“They know I want to be here,” Maye said of the Jets. “They know I’m 100 percent with my guys.”

Maye is playing on the franchise tag in 2021 after he and the Jets failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract extension by the league deadline. New York is 1-4 and starting a rebuild under new coach Robert Saleh.

Maye suffered an ankle injury in Week 3 and hasn’t played since. Late last month, Maye’s agent quote-tweeted a report about the player’s injury and wrote, “Should be back fully healthy just before the trade deadline,” needling Jets fans.

But Maye told reporters Thursday that he has not requested a trade and doesn’t plan to do so.

“They know me,” Maye said. “Once I’m in the building, I’m all go. I don’t think there’s a trust issue from my end and stuff like that. They know I’m 100 percent with these guys every time I step on the field and walk in the building.”

Maye’s situation is complicated by the fact that he has a DUI charge pending in Florida. The 28-year-old was arrested there in February, but hid the incident from New York for months in defiance of NFL protocols.

Maye added that he was sorry for hiding his arrest from the team and he “learned from it.”

Chosen in the second round of the 2017 draft — one round after New York spent its first pick on Adams — Maye is now in his fifth season and has made 57 career starts. He’s recorded 289 tackles, six interceptions, four forced fumbles and 3.5 sacks primarily playing as a free safety.

–Field Level Media

John Franklin-Myers of the Jets strips Patriots quarterback Mac Jones of the ball as the New England Patriots played the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sept. 19, 2021.

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Rookie QBs take center stage again in Patriots-Jets II

After making an unflattering first impression, Zach Wilson will be looking for a better result when the New York Jets face the AFC East rival New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon in Foxborough, Mass.

The rookie quarterback was intercepted four times in the Jets’ 25-6 loss to the Patriots on Sept. 19 in East Rutherford, N.J. In just his second NFL start and first at home, he threw for 210 yards with no touchdowns on 19-of-33 passing.

“I’ve got to do a better job executing, decision-making, just being smart with the ball. Turnovers are a big deciding factor in winning games,” Wilson said after the loss.

Since that game, Wilson has shown flashes of the player the Jets hoped he could be when they selected him No. 2 overall in this year’s draft. Wilson threw for a career-high 297 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in New York’s impressive 27-24 overtime win against Tennessee on Oct. 3.

New York (1-4) was on a bye last weekend after its late comeback bid fell short in a 27-20 loss to Atlanta in London on Oct. 10. Wilson finished 19 of 32 for 192 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.

“He had a lot of big throws against Tennessee,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said of Wilson. “He’s athletic. Gets out of the pocket every week. It’s a challenge back there to contain.”

Despite some positive trends of late, the Jets still have to contend with their growing history of struggles against the Patriots.

Even though Tom Brady is no longer with New England, New York has dropped three straight meetings since the start of last season and 11 in a row overall.

“We believe that this team can win,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “It’s an exciting group that we’ve got. They’re gonna figure it out.”

Wilson’s loss was fellow rookie quarterback Mac Jones’ gain in the Patriots’ early season win over New York. The No. 15 overall pick in this year’s draft had 186 yards on 22-of-30 passing with no touchdowns and no interceptions in his second career start and first NFL victory.

“We’ve played them already and they’re a great defense,” Jones said. “They’re really hard, (they) run with the ball and they make plays.”

As he often has this season, the stable-handed Jones played well enough against the Jets to give his team a chance.

But the former Alabama championship-winning quarterback has yet to prove he can put the team on his back and lift the Patriots to victories.

New England (2-4) has lost three of four since its Week 2 win at New York and is coming off a 35-29 overtime loss at home to the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.

Jones had put the Patriots on top 27-26 with the longest pass of his career, a 75-yard TD to Kendrick Bourne with 2:11 remaining against Dallas.

After a successful Patriots 2-point conversion, the Cowboys drove the field and sent it to overtime with a field goal. Jones and the Patriots were forced to punt on the first drive of overtime before Dallas won it on the next drive.

“(I’m) just turning the page on the last game,” said Jones.

Jets tight end Tyler Kroft (back) and linebacker C.J. Mosley (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday while safety Marcus Maye (ankle) was limited.

The Patriots were without three of their starting front seven — Dont’a Hightower (elbow/ankle), Davon Godchaux (finger) and Deatrich Wise Jr. (knee) — at practice Wednesday. Cornerbacks Jonathan Jones (shoulder) and Shaun Wade (concussion) were also out.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws the ball before an NFL International Series Game against the New York Jets at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Ryan hits milestone as Falcons down Jets in London

Matt Ryan threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns to lift the Atlanta Falcons to a 27-20 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday in London.

Ryan became the seventh NFL player to complete 5,000 passes in his career after his 5-yard toss to Olamide Zaccheaus in the fourth quarter. Ryan (57,099) also moved past former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (57,023) into eighth place in all-time passing yards.

Rookie Kyle Pitts (nine catches, 119 yards) and fellow tight end Hayden Hurst each reeled in a touchdown pass for the Falcons (2-3), who overcame the absences of wideouts Calvin Ridley (personal reasons) and Justin Gage (ankle).

Reigning NFL Rookie of the Week Zach Wilson completed 19 of 32 passes 192 yards and one interception for New York (1-4).

Tevin Coleman opened the second half with a 65-yard kick return to ignite the Jets. Ty Johnson and rookie Michael Carter scored from 1 and 2 yards out, respectively, to trim Atlanta’s lead to 20-17.

Mike Davis rushed in from 3 yards out on the ensuing drive with 2:19 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Falcons a 27-17 lead.

Matt Ammendola’s 49-yard field goal trimmed the deficit with 22 seconds left, however the Falcons recovered the onside kick to end the game.

Atlanta benefited from a roughing the passer penalty and Cordarrelle Patterson converted a fourth-and-1 play to set up the game’s first score midway through the first quarter. Younghoe Koo drilled a 31-yard field goal to complete a 14-play, 62-yard drive.

New York went three-and-out on the next possession and Atlanta capped a 10-play, 92-yard drive after Pitts beat defensive end John Franklin-Myers for an easy 2-yard touchdown. The touchdown was the first for the fourth overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Pitts made a one-handed catch for 22 yards on the ensuing Falcons’ possession, leading to Hurst’s 17-yard touchdown reception. The touchdown was the first of the season for Hurst.

Jaylinn Hawkins’ first career interception on the ensuing drive set up Atlanta at the Jets’ 34-yard line. Hurst, however, fumbled the ball while fighting for extra yards to end that threat.

Ammendola capped New York’s 16-play drive with a 31-yard field goal for the Jets’ first score, however Koo answered with a 52-yard kick as time expired to give Atlanta a 20-3 lead at halftime.

–Field Level Media

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) is sacked by New York Jets defensive end John Franklin-Myers (91) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 in East Rutherford, N.J.

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Reports: Jets agree to extension for DL John Franklin-Myers

The New York Jets agreed to a four-year contract extension with defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers, according to multiple reports Thursday.

No terms were available though Franklin-Myers, a fourth-year pro, stands to improve from his $920,000 salary this season — the last year of his rookie contract.

Franklin-Myers, fresh from his 25th birthday less than two weeks earlier, is off to a strong start this season with 15 tackles, three tackles for loss and a career-high-tying three sacks while starting all four games for New York.

Originally a fourth-round pick by the Rams in 2018 out of Stephen F. Austin, Franklin-Myers notched two sacks while playing sparingly for Los Angeles as a rookie. He posted a strip sack in the Rams’ Super Bowl LIII loss to the New England Patriots.

However, Franklin-Myers failed to make the team out of training camp in 2019. He got a chance with the Jets when they claimed him off waivers last October, though he was on injured reserve for most of last season and didn’t see game action.

Franklin-Myers recorded three sacks in 15 games (two starts) for New York in 2020 and won a starting spot this summer.

In his three NFL campaigns, Franklin-Myers owns 44 tackles, eight sacks, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) tries to catch a pass against the Washington Football Team during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons’ Calvin Ridley (personal matter) not making trip to London

Atlanta Falcons standout receiver Calvin Ridley is not traveling to the club’s Sunday game in London against the New York Jets due to a personal matter, the team announced Thursday.

The Falcons also said that receiver Russell Gage and defensive tackle Marlon Davidson won’t make the trip due to their respective ankle injuries.

Ridley, 26, is off to a strong start and has 27 catches for 255 yards and one touchdown for Atlanta (1-3).

“Due to a personal matter, Calvin Ridley will not travel to the Falcons game in London this weekend,” the team said in a statement. “We are in support of Calvin during this time and will respect his privacy on the matter.”

The loss of Ridley is a big blow for the Falcons. He had career bests of 90 catches and 1,374 yards last season when he supplanted the since-departed Julio Jones as the team’s top wideout.

Overall, Ridley has 244 receptions for 3,316 yards and 27 touchdowns in 48 NFL games (34 starts).

Gage will be missing his third consecutive game. He has five receptions for 28 yards.

Davidson will be sitting out his second straight game. He has eight tackles and one sack this season.

–Field Level Media

Tevin Coleman, of the New York Jets, leaps towards the end zone in overtime.  It was ruled that Coleman was a a little short of the end zone and the Jets ended up with a field goal which was enough the beat the Titans, 27-24. Sunday, October 3, 2021

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Jets tangle with Falcons in first London game

The NFL ventures halfway across the globe on Sunday when the New York Jets face the Atlanta Falcons in London.

The Jets (1-3) enter Tottenham Hotspur Stadium riding the momentum from their spirited 27-24 overtime victory versus the Tennessee Titans last Sunday.

Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson completed 21 of 34 passes for a season-high 297 yards and two touchdowns to make a winner out of first-year coach Robert Saleh.

“I feel like we’re getting better,” Saleh said. “More comfortable with the schemes. I’m hopeful. I see us getting faster, in all three phases playing at another speed on Sunday. There’s so much to be had. We’re getting more effective in techniques, and what I’ve asked of each player — to be responsible and be able to unlock their athleticism as we continue to grow, rack up reps and get faster.”

Rookie Michael Carter recorded his first career NFL touchdown with a 2-yard score late in the first half last Sunday. Fellow running back Tevin Coleman hasn’t found the end zone this season, but he is excited to face his former team.

“It’s going to be fun,” the 28-year-old Coleman said of facing the Falcons, with whom he played from 2015-18. “I love those guys over there. I know a couple of those guys over there, so it’s definitely going to be fun to play against them.”

While New York has a rookie quarterback at the controls, Atlanta (1-3) features grizzled veteran Matt Ryan under center. Ryan, 36, threw for 283 yards and four touchdowns in the Falcons’ 34-30 setback to the Washington Football Team last Sunday.

“(Ryan’s) a veteran that has been successful his entire career, one of the best in the league,” Saleh said. “He has tremendous arm talent, he’s one of the bigger competitors, a really, really, really good competitor. He’s a dog, always fighting. If he was mic’d up during the game, you’d hear more cuss words than you could imagine. He’s very talented.”

Saleh might drop a few cuss words of his own if he doesn’t contain Cordarrelle Patterson. The versatile star became the first running back in franchise history to record three receiving touchdowns last week.

Calvin Ridley is the primary receiving threat for the Falcons. The team leader in catches (27) and receiving yards (255), Ridley has reeled in at least five receptions in 11 consecutive games dating back to last season.

Rookie tight end Kyle Pitts slowly is getting acclimated to the NFL after being selected by Atlanta with the fourth overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. He has six catches for 85 yards over his last two games.

Wide receiver Russell Gage (ankle), defensive lineman Marlon Davidson (ankle) and safety Erik Harris (calf) did not practice on Wednesday for Atlanta.

While their availability is in question, the Falcons definitely will be without cornerback Isaiah Oliver. The 25-year-old was placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday after being carted off the field with a knee injury against Washington.

“There are a lot of ways to attack it,” Falcons coach Arthur Smith said of addressing the long-term absence of Oliver. “Not necessarily every time do you have to go one-for-one when you have injuries.

“… There’s a lot of ways to do it. We can have multiple guys step up there and play different roles. You may naturally evolve into something else, could be a really good thing for you.”

The Jets, in turn, were without seven players during Wednesday’s practice, including safety Marcus Maye (ankle), tight end Tyler Kroft (back), and wide receivers Denzel Mims (illness, non-COVID-19) and Jeff Smith (concussion).

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;   Tennessee Titans wide receiver Josh Reynolds (18) pulls in a catch against New York Jets cornerback Brandin Echols (26) that was ruled out of bounds during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 in East Rutherford, N.J. Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV-USA TODAY Sports

Zach Wilson leads Jets to OT win over Titans

Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson passed for 297 yards and two touchdowns as the New York Jets went overtime to pull off their first victory of the season by rallying to defeat the Tennessee Titans 27-24 on Sunday at East Rutherford, N.J.

The Jets (1-3) nearly won the game on their opening possession of OT by getting to the Tennessee 1-yard line before Matt Ammendola kicked a 22-yard field goal. The Titans (2-2) could have tied the game with 19 seconds remaining in OT but Randy Bullock missed a 49-yard field goal.

Wilson, the No. 2 overall selection in the most recent NFL Draft, entered with seven interceptions and had been sacked 15 times in three games before going 21 of 34 in the air and connecting on two fourth-quarter TD passes.

The Titans (2-2) managed to force overtime with no timeouts remaining on an 11-play, 74-yard drive that started with 2:09 left on the clock. Ryan Tannehill connected on a 2-yard TD pass to Cameron Baston with 16 seconds remaining to tie it at 24-24.

Jamison Crowder had seven receptions for 61 yards for the Jets, while Corey Davis had four receptions for 111 yards. Jets running back Michael Carter had 13 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown.

Tannehill was 30 of 49 for 298 yards with one touchdown, while Derrick Henry had 157 yards rushing on 33 carries for the Titans. It was Henry’s third consecutive game of at least 113 yards rushing.

The Jets took their first lead of the season when Ammendola made a 27-yard field goal with 22 seconds remaining in the third quarter to take a 10-9 advantage.

The Titans came right back with a six-play 75-yard drive capped by a Henry 1-yard touchdown and a 2-point conversion for a 17-10 lead.

Wilson got the Jets’ offense rolling from there, putting together a four-play, 77-yard drive to tie the game at 17 on a 3-yard TD pass to Jamison Crowder with 11:30 remaining.

The Jets’ defense followed with a three-and-out and Wilson needed just one play to deliver. He scrambled to his right before hitting Davis on a 53-yard pass while on the run for a 24-17 lead with 9:16 remaining.

The Titans took a 9-0 lead on three Bullock field goals in the first half. The Jets broke through for their first touchdown in their last three games in the second quarter on a 2-yard score from Carter.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) and Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans could be missing star WRs against winless Jets

The AFC South-leading Tennessee Titans face the winless New York Jets on Sunday, although solidifying their advantage atop the division does not figure to be as simple as it looks on first glance.

After winning their second consecutive game Sunday, 25-16 over the Indianapolis Colts, the Titans (2-1) could be without their top two wideouts in Julio Jones and A.J. Brown. Neither practiced on Wednesday because of hamstring injuries, with reports that Brown could be absent after leaving last Sunday’s game early.

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill still figures to have plenty of pass-catching options against the Jets, even if his two best targets are not available. Tannehill threw three TD passes Sunday and had completions to nine different players, with 11 targeted. But he threw two interceptions as Tennessee overcame three total turnovers.

“I’m not sure who’s gonna trot out there (at wide receiver) on Sunday but I’m confident in whoever it is,” Tannehill said. “I’ve had a ton of reps with and confidence in those guys and (multiple targets) has been something we’ve done since I’ve been here. I’m excited about the guys who can possibly step up for us.”

As a passing offense, the Titans are merely middle of the pack with 762 yards and 7.4 yards per completion. They remain elite in the running game with Derrick Henry, who carried the ball just 17 times in a season-opening defeat to the Arizona Cardinals but has averaged 31.5 carries and 147.5 yards in the two games since.

On defense, Tennessee had two sacks of Colts quarterback Carson Wentz, who was pressured all day. Wentz threw for just 194 yards.

Now the Titans’ defense gets to harass a rookie quarterback in the Jets’ Zach Wilson, whose early learning curve has been sharp. As if seven interceptions to just two TD passes isn’t cause enough for concern, Wilson has also been sacked 15 times, with five more coming in last weekend’s 26-0 loss to the Denver Broncos.

The Jets (0-3) are going nowhere fast on offense, at fourth from the bottom in both passing yards (628) and rushing yards (240). They are third from the bottom in total yards per game (250.0).

“I knew this was going to be tough for us because it’s our first time all together, our first time in a new offense,” Wilson said. “There’s going to be some adjusting. But as long as we take those losses as a learning experience, and every single week we keep stacking the bricks and getting better, then we’re going to be right on track to where we need to be.”

Over the past two weeks, the Jets have been outscored 51-6, yet all is not a complete loss. On defense, the Jets give up 328.0 yards per game, 10th best in the NFL.

That New York defense also gives up 23.3 points per game, better than teams with winning records like the undefeated Las Vegas Raiders, as well as the 2-1 San Francisco 49ers, Green Packers and Titans.

But the defense has been unable to put the woeful offense in position to produce points. Not that it hasn’t tried. Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams was particularly effective while helping to hold the Broncos to 3.2 yards per rush on 37 attempts.

“This defense is made of the right stuff in terms of, ‘Give us an inch of grass and we’ll protect it,” Jets head coach Robert Saleh said. “They take that to heart and it’s been pretty cool to watch.”

The Jets also were missing a pair of receivers at practice Wednesday. Elijah Moore and Jeff Smith were out due to concussions.

–Field Level Media