The New York Jets could be set to start their fourth different quarterback of the season after head coach Robert Saleh cast doubt on Tim Boyle’s chances of facing the Houston Texans in Week 14.
The Jets’ losing run stands at five games following Sunday’s 13-8 defeat against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium, with their offense failing to score a touchdown in three games during that streak.
With their offense toiling once again, Saleh withdrew journeyman Boyle early in the fourth quarter, replacing him with former Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian.
The 31-year-old could become the fourth quarterback to start for the Jets this year next time out, with Aaron Rodgers yet to return from the Achilles injury he suffered in Week 1 and both Zach Wilson and Boyle struggling in his absence.
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Asked who will suit up on Sunday, when the Jets face the in-form Texans in their penultimate home game of the season, Saleh said: “I’m not there yet with regard to next week.”
Boyle threw 14-of-25 for 148 passing yards, no scores and a pick on Sunday, with Siemian coming on to complete 5-of-13 for 66 yards.
Having endured a difficult few years since being selected second overall by the Jets in 2021, Wilson was listed as the inactive/emergency QB for a second successive week, but Saleh says he remains in contention to come back in.
“He’s always in consideration,” Saleh said of Wilson. “To what level, I’m not there yet.”
Coach Saleh on the offensive performance vs. Atlanta pic.twitter.com/h6Qmn0LHcl
— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 3, 2023
The team, whose 4-8 record is the joint-second worst in the AFC, better than only the 2-10 New England Patriots, are desperate for Rodgers to return from his near-four-month lay-off, with the four-time MVP saying recently that a pre-Christmas return was a possibility.
However, Saleh will not rush the 40-year-old back, saying: “Our plan for Aaron is consistent. He’s in rehab. That’s all he’s doing.”