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Jets will persist with QB Joe Flacco as starter in Week 2 vs. Browns


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The New York Jets are sticking with Joe Flacco as their beginning quarterback in opposition to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Coach Robert Saleh introduced the choice Wednesday to stick with Flacco this week regardless of a lower than impressed efficiency by the 37-year-old quarterback and the remainder of the offense in a 24-9 loss to Baltimore within the regular-season opener.

Flacco, beginning for the injured Zach Wilson, was 37 of 59 for 307 yards and one landing – within the recreation’s remaining minute – with one interception whereas dealing with fixed strain from the Ravens. Flacco was sacked thrice and hit 11 occasions behind a shuffled offensive line, and his lack of mobility did not assist.

Many followers chanted for Mike White to exchange Flacco final Sunday at MetLife Stadium – and took to social media and sports activities discuss radio this week for the backup to play at Cleveland.

Saleh left the chance open Monday when he stated all positions had been being evaluated, together with quarterback, however couched it by saying Flacco would “doubtless” get a second begin. Saleh stated the Jets by no means thought of making a change from Flacco.

“Joe’s our quarterback,” Saleh stated, including that the staff is targeted on making ready for the Browns.

Wilson had arthroscopic knee surgical procedure final month and in addition is recovering from a bone bruise in his proper knee after being injured within the preseason opener at Philadelphia on Aug. 12. He is anticipated to be sidelined no less than two extra video games, with a attainable return at Pittsburgh on Oct. 2.

Wilson is scheduled to take part in gentle drills throughout follow this week, however not staff drills but.

The Jets’ struggles in opposition to the Ravens had been removed from simply on Flacco, who was harm by a number of dropped passes, fumbles and poor safety. His interception occurred when tight finish Lawrence Cager slipped on the rain-soaked turf.

New York additionally deserted the run early, operating 62 go performs out of 79 behind a line that had George Fant flipping from proper deal with to left in the course of the week when Duane Brown injured a shoulder and was positioned on injured reserve. Rookie Max Mitchell additionally was pressured into beginning on the proper facet in his NFL debut.

The road can have its arms full once more this week whereas dealing with the Browns and edge rusher Myles Garrett, who had two sacks in Cleveland’s season-opening win at Carolina.

Flacco, who spent 11 seasons within the AFC North with Baltimore, has some historical past of success in opposition to Cleveland. His final begin in opposition to the Browns got here in 2018 whereas with the Ravens – a loss – however his 17-3 profession regular-season mark in opposition to them is most wins vs. any NFL staff.

In the meantime, Flacco stays winless as a starter for the Jets having misplaced his first six begins with New York relationship to the 2020 season.




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