By Max Harper
The New York Jets’ first game without Aaron Rodgers saw quarterback Zach Wilson throw three interceptions in a 30-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
In the locker room, wide receiver Garrett Wilson put his arm around the young QB and gave him words of encouragement. The three tight ends were there too, showing support. It was a telling scene, as the Jets (1-1) made it a point to not cast any blame on their former starter-turned-backup.
“From the outside looking in, it’s easy to play the quarterback blame game,” Garrett Wilson said. “Honestly, that’s the world we live in, where you look at the top man — the head man, the quarterback, the one who makes the money — and then point the finger. But all of us internally know that we all have to take the right steps and get better.”
The Jets endured a trying six days, losing Rodgers to a season-ending Achilles tendon injury and having to pivot on a short week to Wilson, who was demoted twice last season amid profound struggles. Except for one shining moment — a 68-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson, who gained 55 yards after the catch — it was a dismal outing for the signal-caller and the offense on Sunday.