Jets bench Zach Wilson for Chris Streveler after fans chant for Streveler in third quarter


The Jets brought up Chris Streveler from the practice squad for Thursday’s game, likely with a package of plays of designed runs or RPOs.

However, after the Jets went three-and-out on their first drive of the second half – their fourth punt in six possessions on the night – the fans at MetLife braving the rain decided they’d had enough of Zach Wilson and started chanting for Streveler:

About 10 minutes and another three-and-out after a Jags field goal later, well…the chants got louder.

The Jags ended up punting on the next possession, and as Amazon’s coverage went to break, the fans could be heard booing – likely because they saw No. 2 coming back out for another drive.

But it was not to be, as Streveler was under center, and ran the ball for six yards on his first play, nearly doubling the team’s total on one play, and then he hit Elijah Moore.

And that, folks, may be the official end of Zach Wilson.

To the point of his benching, Wilson was 9-for-18 for 94 yards and an interception, and he had been sacked three times as well. The Jets had 78 net yards of offense, only seven on the ground, and had run just 24 offensive plays.

Streveler, 27, became a cult hero this preseason, leading the Jets to three straight fourth-quarter comeback wins. However, he has only been active for two game this season prior to Thursday, and had three rushes for six yards and six completions on nine attempts for 36 yards.

He had entered the game earlier for one play, which was nullified by a penalty.

Streveler spent 2020 and 2021 in Arizona, appearing in seven games, and before that, he spent two seasons in the CFL, co-leading the league in rushing touchdowns in 2019 and helping Winnipeg win the Grey Cup that season.

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