Nov 26, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (17) scrambles in the backfield in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Browns hold QB cards close to vest

Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski wants to sleep on his decision at quarterback before making the choice for Week 14 public.

The TBD atop the depth chart was needed after rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson was able to practice on Friday, his first in two weeks since suffering a concussion at Denver last month. Veteran Joe Flacco, who started last Sunday’s game, also is in contention to start.

“Both guys practiced this week,” Stefanski said Friday. “Both guys practiced well, and I have faith in both guys, but not going to name a starter.”

The Browns host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

The Jaguars are in a similar — yet different — spot with their own starting quarterback, unnamed as of Friday afternoon. Trevor Lawrence is recovering from a high-ankle sprain suffered in Monday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He was limited in practice Thursday and Friday and wants to play in the game for Jacksonville (8-4), one of three AFC South teams currently in the seven-team playoff picture in the conference.

But head coach Doug Pederson said Lawrence is “probably” a game-time decision, one that will include medical personnel and could go down to the hours before kickoff in Ohio.

Stefanski said the quarterback he doesn’t start on Sunday would be the backup, with PJ Walker acting as the No. 3.

Flacco didn’t look uncomfortable last week in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Pressed into the starting role 14 days after signing with the team as a street free agent, Flacco had the Browns driving for the go-ahead score, trailing 20-19 in the fourth quarter, when he threw an interception.

His most recent start at Cleveland came last season, when he led the New York Jets to a 31-30 victory over the Browns in Week 2.

Thompson-Robinson lost two of his three starts this season, guiding the Browns to a Week 11 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers but losing to the Baltimore Ravens and Broncos.

–Field Level Media

Nov 10, 2023; Frankfurt, Germany;  New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks to the media before an NFL International Series practice at the Deutcher Fussball-Bund facility. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick: Patriots QB call is gameday decision

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick plans to hold a decision on his starting quarterback until gameday.

“Will let you know on Sunday,” Belichick told reporters Tuesday morning, when pressed about whether he’ll stick with starter Mac Jones or turn to backup Bailey Zappe or No. 3 Will Grier.

Jones was benched late in the fourth quarter of a 10-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 12. The Patriots had a bye this past week.

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien said Monday that Jones was still taking first-unit reps in practice but noted that the decision will ultimately be up to Belichick.

“Mac took the first-team reps. Bailey rotated in there. Will Grier rotated in there,” O’Brien said. “For me, I basically get everybody ready to play,” he said when asked if Jones was still the team’s starter. “At the end of the day, Bill (Belichick) will make that decision at some point and we’ll go from there.”

“It will be based on what I think is best for the team,” Belichick said of his QB decision. “…I’ve told all the players the same thing: be ready to go. So hopefully they will be.”

The Patriots are wallowing in last place in the AFC East with a record of 2-8 and look to be headed for the worst season since Belichick’s first with the Patriots when they finished 5-11 in 2000.

New England ranks 31st in the league with an average of just 14.1 points per game.

–Field Level Media

Oct 21, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning (16) warms up prior to the game against the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Arch support: Texas weighs options without QB Quinn Ewers

Texas coach Steve Sarkisian admits he’s fortunate to be contemplating whether to ready freshman Arch Manning or redshirt freshman Maalik Murphy to face BYU this week.

Sophomore Quinn Ewers was classified as “week to week” two days after he left a 31-24 win over Houston with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder.

No. 7 Texas called only two pass plays after Murphy entered the game, but he’s taking the starter’s reps in practice this week ahead of Manning.

“Not every school is as fortunate as we are to have a quarterback room like we have,” Sarkisian said Monday.

Ewers was “clearly limited” after scrambling in the third quarter with the game tied at 21 when he lowered his shoulder to take on a Houston defender. Ewers finished the 11-play drive, which ended with Bert Auburn kicking a 25-yard field goal, but he did not return. Ewers went 23-of-29 passing for 211 yards and two touchdowns. He has completed 63.5 percent of his passes (323 of 509) for 4,092 yards and 28 TDs in 17 career games with Texas.

Sarkisian said Ewers’ work ethic makes him hesitant to put a timeframe on his potential return date.

“These injuries, some guys come back earlier than others,” he said. “He’s in the best shape of his life, so hopefully we get him back sooner rather than later.”

Texas (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) is one of four teams tied for second in the conference behind unbeaten Oklahoma (7-0, 4-0).

With five games left in the regular season, Manning could play in all but one of them and still be classified as a redshirt. Sarkisian said if he had to make the decision on his starter on Monday, it would be Murphy over Manning, but both could play.

As for the actual plan on paper without Ewers available?

“Go through the week with Maalik Murphy and Arch Manning both getting first-team reps. If the game was being played today, Maalik would start the game,” Sarkisian said.

“Inevitably, as a quarterback, you’re only as good as the guys around you,” he said.

One of those guys is running back Jonathan Brooks, who had 28 touches — eight receptions — against the Cougars and rushed for 99 yards. He’s seventh in the FBS with 825 rushing yards this season.

–Field Level Media

Jul 26, 2023; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws the ball as quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier watches during training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy football: 2023 QB rankings; trust Russ, Rodgers?

Rush to draft your quarterback if you must, but the depth implies there’s plenty to go around at the position in 2023.

Teams holding late picks in fantasy drafts should still be in position to land a volume scorer.

For the sake of argument, the chances Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert meets or exceeds Joe Burrow’s passing totals this season are quite high, even before Burrow limped his way out of training camp with a calf injury.

Here’s a peek at the fantasy football QB rankings for 2023:

1. Josh Allen, Bills
Until the Bills establish a formidable running game, we continue to punt the theory that Allen won’t run the ball in the red zone. He tied for 15th in the NFL last season with seven rushing TDs and tied for second with 35 TD passes.

2. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
No more doubting Mahomes. Travis Kelce serves as an enormous security blanket and even without a proven No. 1 wide receiver outside, Mahomes was his MVP self last season. He averaged more than 300 yards and had at least one TD toss in every game.

3. Jalen Hurts, Eagles
Next-level Michael Vick is where Hurts took the bar last season, his second consecutive with at least 10 rushing touchdowns, a claim no other QB can make. Hurts accounted for at least one touchdown (passing or rushing) in 14 of his 15 starts in 2022.

4. Joe Burrow, Bengals
Burrow passed for at least 300 yards in 11 regular-season games over two seasons even while being sacked an NFL-high 92 times.

5. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
He’s etching plays in the playbook and not sweating his next payday. The return of MVP Lamar? He topped 750 rushing yards for the fourth consecutive season and the Ravens might finally have the right mix at wide receiver.

6. Justin Fields, Bears
Three games with 130-plus rushing yards in 2022 helped fantasy owners, but it’s no path to longevity in the NFL. Significant additions on the offensive line and at receiver — hello, D.J. Moore — elevate Fields’ potential to chase 30 (passing TDs) and 10 (rushing TDs).

7. Justin Herbert, Chargers
Looking for a QB to reach for in the draft? This might be the guy. Kellen Moore plans a lot of nine routes — fly patterns, go routes and verts, if you will — as offensive coordinator and Herbert won’t be shy about letting it rip.

8. Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars
Calvin Ridley brings a relevant receiver to the equation and ups the chess options for Lawrence.

9. Deshaun Watson, Browns
Teams knocked rust off Watson last season and he’s driving the Cleveland offense with a co-pilot in top-rated running back Nick Chubb.

10. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
A more complete WR corps gives us confidence Prescott’s numbers are ready to jump and those INT totals drop.

11. Aaron Rodgers, Jets
12. Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins
13. Derek Carr, Saints
14. Kirk Cousins, Vikings
15. Jared Goff, Lions
16. Daniel Jones, Giants
17. Geno Smith, Seahawks
18. Russell Wilson, Broncos
19. Matthew Stafford, Rams
20. Kenny Pickett, Steelers

2023 Sleeper: Jordan Love, Packers
Green Bay is well-stocked at running back but if the Packers get rapid growth from their wide receiver and tight end projects, Love could quickly jump into spot-start consideration as a No. 2 fantasy QB.

Pass on this QB: Jimmy Garoppolo, Raiders
With one 300-yard game in San Francisco last season, Jimmy G is not a notorious high producer and history says at age 31 he’s more likely to land on IR than post his first 30-TD season.

–Field Level Media

Florida Atlantic quarterback Casey Thompson (11) participates during practice at the Schmidt Family Complex, Thursday, August 3, 2023 in Boca Raton.

Transfer QB Casey Thompson to start for FAU

Former Texas and Nebraska quarterback Casey Thompson was pegged as the starter for FAU to open the season.

Thompson started 10 games for the Longhorns in 2021 and 10 for the Cornhuskers in 2022. He’ll be QB1 again in his sixth and final season of eligibility.

The Owls begin the 2023 season under former Texas head coach Tom Herman, who nabbed Thompson from the transfer portal on May 10, well after the completion of spring football practices.

A graduate transfer, Thompson considered Notre Dame and a return to Nebraska before committing to Herman, for whom Thompson played at Texas. He competed with Daniel Richardson for the right to start Sept. 2 when Monmouth visits FAU.

Thompson had a Big 12-best 24 TD passes for the Longhorns in 2021.

Herman said Monday that Thompson’s familiarity with the offense, though differently schematically than it was three years ago, eased his learning curve.

–Field Level Media

Mar 4, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee (QB09)  participates in drills at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles draft QB Tanner McKee to back up Jalen Hurts

Not long after signing Jalen Hurts to a $255 million extension, the Philadelphia Eagles added some insurance to their quarterback room in the sixth round of the NFL draft by taking Stanford QB Tanner McKee on Saturday.

The Eagles used the No. 188 overall pick on McKee, a 6-foot-6 pocket passer who joins a team that also signed quarterback Marcus Mariota in free agency.

McKee threw for 5,336 yards, 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 23 games at Stanford from 2020-22.

He was the 13th quarterback taken in the 2023 draft after a record-setting 12 signal-callers were chosen through the first five rounds.

The NFC champions locked up Hurts with a five-year extension earlier this month. Former backup quarterback Gardner Minshew left in free agency to sign with the Indianapolis Colts.

–Field Level Media

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) is the right choice at No. 1. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

NFL draft position series: Quarterbacks

For the 27th time since 1967, the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft will be a quarterback. Which one, the Carolina Panthers aren’t quite ready to say.

General manager Scott Fitterer, groomed under John Schneider and the Seahawks’ scouting department when third-round pick Russell Wilson proved to be solid gold in relative draft terms, has been down the road before in Carolina, too.

Fitterer is under orders from Panthers’ ownership to find the franchise quarterback by any means possible. He swung a trade with the Chicago Bears in March to move up from the No. 9 spot to be “able to control it from the top.”

Until the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Travon Walker No. 1 in 2022, a four-year run of quarterbacks at the top produced mixed results. Trevor Lawrence (2021, Jaguars) and Joe Burrow (2020, Bengals) are already playoff quarterbacks — Burrow a Super Bowl runner-up with two AFC Championship game appearances — and Kyler Murray (2019, Cardinals) and Baker Mayfield (2018, Browns) have also been to the postseason but with less consistent results. Mayfield had a layover in Carolina last season in a trade with the Browns and begins a tour with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2023 representing his fourth stop since the end of the 2021 season.

The Panthers aren’t the only team thirsty for a fixture at the position. The Houston Texans (No. 2, No. 12), Indianapolis Colts (No. 4), Seattle Seahawks (5), Detroit Lions (6), Las Vegas Raiders (7) and Atlanta Falcons (8) all hosting top quarterback prospects in this class and could take a swing at replenishing the depth chart in the first round.

There have been five drafts in which four quarterbacks were chosen within the top 15 selections, including 2021 and 2018.

With demand as high as ever, here’s a review of the 2023 draft supply at quarterback:

1. Bryce Young, Alabama

Projected Pick: 1

Power Points: Young’s size and weight (5-10 1/8, 204 pounds) invite durability questions even without an injury history because he’s a far cry from the prototype at the NFL’s most important and challenging position. While there are exceptions, there are also injury incidences with each of the most prominent “small” quarterbacks, from Murray (torn ACL in 2022), Mayfield (multiple injuries in 2020, 2021) or retired Drew Brees (separated shoulder) that might give a team pause. But Wilson, who measured half an inch taller than Murray at 5-10 5/8, has never had a major injury and Mike Vick’s playing style at 6-0, 199 pounds was a hazard.

Young missed one of his possible 37 career games at Alabama (2022, sprained shoulder).

Scouts love the mental makeup that helps Young thrive. He already carries himself like a professional and the type of posterboy personality and humble leadership team ownership and fan bases can firmly stand behind.

Groomed for success at California’s high school quarterback factory — Mater Dei HS in Pasadena, which produced Matt Barkley and Matt Leinart plus current Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown — Alabama coach Nick Saban called him an “all-time leader” and his college production speaks in exclamatory terms: Young had 80 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions as Crimson Tide quarterback, and he left Tuscaloosa as a Heisman Trophy winner and national champion.

Last Word: He’s not the only QB in the 2023 draft, but he’s definitely the one.

2. C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
Projected Pick: 4

Precision decision: Another California kid, Coleridge Bernard (C.J.) Stroud IV nearly rode a late rise on the recruiting circuit to Georgia, where he could’ve dramatically shifted the Stetson Bennett storybook ride in Athens. He had clipboard duty behind Justin Fields as a redshirt in 2020 and then was a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, claiming the silver football for tossing 85 total touchdowns and 12 interceptions and completing an insane 69.4 percent of his 830 pass attempts. Bigger than Young but by no means bulky at 6-3, 210, Stroud looks like a wide receiver in street clothes but also missed just one college game (shoulder).

His right arm is more of a precision tool than a cannon, but he can make all the throws. There’s a poetry to Stroud’s dropback and release and his ability to parachute the ball over coverage down the field and place it on the target in traffic stands as the eye-catching NFL QB trait that gets him drafted. He bears no similarity to Fields as an athlete in or around the pocket and speed rarely shows up with defenders in pursuit. Potent as a sniper in the pocket, Stroud won 21 games in 25 starts in two seasons and had better per-game averages than Burrow (LSU record 305.9 yards, 2.8 TD passes per game) with 324.9 and 3.4.

Last Word: An incomplete quarterback, but Stroud stands out as the best pure passer in this class.

3. Anthony Richardson, Florida
Projected Pick: 7

Delta, Bravo: Deciphering whether Richardson is the second coming of Cam Newton or an athlete with superhuman arm strength brings the inexact science of scouting under the microscope. All of the positives are scintillating. He’s bigger than most linebackers and faster than many wide receivers at 6-4, 245 with a 4.43 40 time. Testing ball speed on short and long throws is John Elway-like, and the right coaching staff couldn’t help but picture the man child in a Jalen Hurts-type role operating a system revolving around RPOs. A believable follow-me personality who takes ownership of his inconsistency at Florida, there’s a maturation and humility to Richardson balanced by the open desire to collaborate and yearning to improve. Teammates will follow Richardson.

Then there’s the tiny devil on every general manager’s shoulder poking the play button on his 33 percent completion night at Florida State or perhaps a skidding 5-yard pass with a receiver running clean on a 10-yard crosser. Less production means more projection, a hope for the best type of proposition filed under make-a-wish items that cost GMs jobs. Three games into the 2022 season, Richardson had five interceptions before his first TD pass (41 of 77). There’s a strong argument he failed his two stiffest tests of NFL-readiness in starts against pro-prospect packed Georgia that were borderline disastrous.

2022 (42-20 L)
— 18 comp 37 att 271 yards 48.6 comp % 1 TD 0 INT 78 long 3 sacked 11 rushes 19 yards 1.7 avg 0 TDs 14 long

2021
— (34-7 L)
— 12 comp 20 att 82 yards 60.0 comp % 0 TD 2 INT 18 long 2 sacked 12 rushes 26 yards 2.2 avg 0 TDs 9 long

In fairness, Young wasn’t his best vs. Georgia in a second game facing the Bulldogs in 2021: four sacks, two interceptions but 369 yards in the 33-18 national championship game defeat. He carved up the same defense in the SEC title game (four total TDs, 421 yards passing, zero sacks and no picks) five weeks prior.

When considering a “bust” factor, scouts arguing Richardson isn’t ready, might never be the total package, or needs years of training could be proven correct.

Counterpoint: What if he hits the NFL runway with all of the unicorn athlete natural tools, bundled promise and drive displayed over the past year and takes flight?

He’s just 20 years old and started only 13 games in college. Scouting buzzwords — potential and upside — are insufficient to properly emphasize the reach of Richardson’s ceiling as an NFL quarterback.

Last Word: One GM, likely in the top 10, stakes his job — and perhaps his head coach’s, too — on the educated and researched, convicted and cross-examined opinion that Richardson’s undeniable elite athleticism and potential accumulatively equal not only starter material, but star status. And he might be right.

–Best of the Rest

4. Will Levis, Kentucky
Projected Pick: 11
Only two starts and a redshirt season at Penn State pushed Levis to Kentucky, where he became a team captain because somehow his Wildcats teammates forgave his sinful indulgence of mayonnaise in his coffee (just once, he says). Quirky, confident and built for the part of pro quarterback, Levis lands in the NFL at more of a developmental stage facing the same type of test and steep expectations and learning curve that sat former first-rounders Jake Locker (Titans), Christian Ponder (Vikings) and Josh Rosen (Cardinals) on their rears. There are some similarities to Ryan Tannehill and Carson Wentz, untamed athletes who’ve experienced highs and lows in multiple stops in the pros after being drafted too high. To that end, Levis was under constant pressure from the pass rush at UK (nearly 30 percent of his pass-play snaps in 2022), a fault not entirely his own, and there are other signs he’ll need a high number of reps before stepping into a starting role.

5. Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
Projected Pick: 18
Barring a torn ACL 11 games into his sixth college season and relatively advanced age (25), the former Virginia Tech quarterback might have been in the conversation as the top arm in the ’23 class. There are some decision-makers who believe he’ll be the best of the bunch. For Hooker to take off, he’ll need a built-to-suit offensive system and patience as he returns to health and evolves to a pro scheme.

–Second- and Third-Day Shopping List

6. Jake Haener, Fresno State
7. Aidan O’Connell, Purdue
8. Clayton Tune, Houston
9. Tanner McKee, Stanford
10. Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA

–By Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media

Mar 4, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson (QB11)  participates in drills at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Richardson writes GMs letter vowing to outwork peers

Florida’s Anthony Richardson may not be projected to go No. 1 or 2 in this month’s NFL draft, but however the order shakes out, Richardson wanted NFL general managers to know he won’t easily be outworked by his fellow prospects.

In an open letter titled “Dear NFL GMs” on The Players’ Tribune published Thursday, Richardson made a pitch for himself as some team’s future franchise quarterback, promising no one will outwork him.

“I know the things people are picking apart,” Richardson wrote. “People talk about whether I can be accurate. They say I don’t have touch. They say I can’t throw short. They say a lot of things.

“All I gotta say is: Watch how hard I work. In my mind, I can do anything with the football in my hand — but I know that no one will ever work harder than me to improve. Whether that’s my footwork, accuracy, mechanics, learning defenses, you name it. You can always grow, and that’s what I’m focused on. I’m going to come in and be tireless. I’m going to put it all on the line. My family sacrificed too much for me to not give everything to this game.”

Richardson’s competitors are Alabama’s Bryce Young, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud and Kentucky’s Will Levis. Young recently rocketed past Stroud and into the favorite spot at sportsbooks around the country to go first overall to the QB-needy Carolina Panthers.

Richardson impressed evaluators with a stellar showing at the scouting combine. ESPN’s most recent official mock draft predicts the Tennessee Titans trading into the No. 3 overall pick to select Richardson as a “QB of the future.”

In 2022, Richardson put up 2,549 passing yards, 17 touchdowns passes and nine interceptions while rushing for 654 yards and an additional nine TDs.

Richardson’s letter thanked several family members for pushing him and sacrificing for him, along with former Florida coach Dan Mullen as a “quarterback guru” figure for him.

“It’s funny, when I was younger, my mom used to interview me on long car rides, like I was at a press conference or something,” Richardson wrote. “I’d be like, ‘Why are we doing this?’ And she’d say, ‘You’re gonna need it one day.’ And now I look at where I am, and I’m just grateful that she believed that I could be somebody.”

–Field Level Media

General manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh at the New York Jets Rookie Camp, held at their practice facility in Florham Park, NJ on May 6, 2022.

The New York Jets Held Rookie Camp At Their Practice Facility In Florham Park Nj On May 6 2022

Jets investigating all QB options; Derek Carr left ‘strong impression’

Finding a veteran quarterback is the top priority for the New York Jets.

From owner Woody Johnson down the line, the Jets continue to make public their plans to add a quarterback to the roster while not dismissing former No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson as a future consideration.

“Our stance on Zach hasn’t changed,” general manager Joe Douglas said. “We still feel like he has a high ceiling.”

One quarterback has already been in the building. Derek Carr, discarded by the Raiders, spent parts of two days at the facility since his release mid-month and will again meet with Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh in Indianapolis this week during the NFL Scouting Combine.

“Highly competitive. On the tape, you see the talent — release, arm talent, accuracy. That was a fantastic visit, really enjoyed spending time with him,” Douglas said Tuesday. “He left a strong impression with everybody.”

Douglas said Carr is “going to be thorough with his process” as a first-time free agent. He said the Jets will spend more time with Carr this week.

Without selling out Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst, Douglas made it clear the Jets have checked on another as-yet-unavailable quarterback: Aaron Rodgers.

Gutekunst said Tuesday he hasn’t talked to other GMs about specific players or trades. Douglas said he has “talked to a lot of general managers about a lot of things” but asked to defer anything specific about the Packers to Gutekunst.

Douglas said there is “a lot to like” about Carr, who turns 32 in March. The Jets are also thought to be interested in unrestricted free agent Jimmy Garoppolo, who played for the 49ers during Saleh’s time as the team’s defensive coordinator.

But Rodgers, should he declare he’s open to playing in 2023 and willing to entertain a trade to the Jets, appears to be the apple of Douglas’ eye.

“We’ll be ready to pull the trigger when we have to,” Douglas said, noting total compensation, including draft picks in any trade, were part of the big-picture evaluation. “We look through every scenario. Those are things we’re weighing. We’re looking at every option. That will play a part in the decision.”

The Jets might be ready to fire away on a new deal with All-Pro defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. Douglas said Tuesday the two sides have exchanged multiple proposals and there is joint optimism a contract is feasible.

“We’ve had several good discussions (with his agent) and we feel really good about where we’re at,” Douglas said.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) runs under pressure from New England Patriots defensive end Lawrence Guy (93) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Saleh: Jets yet to decide QB1 after Zach Wilson clunker

With Zach Wilson firmly under the microscope in the Big Apple, New York Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters Monday afternoon that he has yet to decide who will start at quarterback Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Wilson had his worst performance of the season Sunday in a 10-3 loss to the New England Patriots. The second-year quarterback completed 9 of 22 passes for just 77 yards and ran three times for 26 yards.

He caught heat after the game when he was asked if he thought he let the Jets’ defense down. The heat came because of his one-word answer: “No.”

Saleh said Monday he informed Wilson that his status as New York’s starter was uncertain. Mike White and Joe Flacco are the other quarterbacks on the Jets’ 53-man roster.

“We’re keeping everything on the table over the next couple of days,” Saleh said.

The coach defended the former No. 2 overall draft pick from some of the off-the-field criticism, saying, “I don’t think Zach lacks in leadership.”

Wilson missed the first three games of the season while recovering from a preseason knee injury. The Jets won the first four games he started upon his return but are 1-2 since, with both losses coming to New England.

Wilson has completed 55.6 percent of his passes this year – matching last season’s rate – and has 1,279 passing yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions. His career touchdown-to-interception ratio through 20 career games is 13:16.

The Jets (6-4) are in the thick of the AFC playoff race and are just one game behind the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, the AFC East co-leaders. New York owns a win over both Miami and Buffalo.

–Field Level Media