The New York Jets appear to be riding with Joe Flacco for the foreseeable future.
There is optimism that the knee injury Zach Wilson sustained Saturday in a preseason game wasn’t serious and that he can return relatively early in the season. Barring an external move, that would leave Flacco to handle QB1 duties for the Jets.
Obviously, there are upgrades at the position. The most obvious and attainable one would be trading for Jimmy Garoppolo, who the San Francisco 49ers have made abundantly clear is available.
But the Jets apparently like Flacco to the point they’re willing to ride things out with him, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport said Monday on the “Pat McAfee Show.”
“The hope is that Zach Wilson gets a trim rather than a full repair of the meniscus," Rapoport said. "There’s a lot of optimism that it’s just going to be just a trim, along with the bone bruise, which is not surgical. They think he’s going to be OK earlier in the season. But when it seemed on Saturday night that he wasn’t going to be, I wondered about Jimmy G, but it seems like it’s going to be Flacco. Like, they really like where Joe Flacco is, in this offense especially.”
Ultimately, the timeline on Wilson will probably go a long way in determining what they do. Maybe Flacco is a palatable option if Wilson is out for weeks but not months, but making a move for Garoppolo would be preferred if Wilson is out longer.
The Jets should be better this year than last, no doubt, but they also need to be realistic about their chances of competing this season. Garoppolo might not represent such a huge upgrade that it would be worth making the move and losing an asset instead of just crossing their fingers with Flacco. Even then, what seems more likely is the Jets waiting to see if Garoppolo gets cut.
There are a few veteran free agents, including Cam Newton, Mike Glennon and A.J. McCarron. Not exactly the most ideal collection of quarterbacks, especially if the Jets feel as fondly about Flacco as Rapoport suggests they do.