Jets finally bench Zach Wilson; Boyle to start vs. Miami

Jets finally bench Zach Wilson; Boyle to start vs. Miami

The New York Jets (4-6 straight up, 4-5-1 against the spread) have benched third-year quarterback Zach Wilson in favor of veteran Tim Boyle, who will start in Friday’s home game vs. the Miami Dolphins.

Wilson has completed 190-of-321 passes (59.2%) in the Jets’ first 10 games. He has 1,944 passing yards and a 6/7 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

New York drafted Wilson No. 2 overall in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but his days as a Jet could be numbered. Not only are the Jets benching the BYU product, but he’s been demoted to third-string status.

Veteran Trevor Siemian is being signed from the practice squad and will serve as Boyle’s backup vs. Miami. In relief of Wilson during Sunday’s 32-6 loss at Buffalo, Boyle completed 7-of-14 passes for 33 yards with one interception.

Wilson connected on 7-of-15 throws for 81 yards with one TD and one interception.

Wilson can’t fault the franchise, though, as the Jets have demonstrated an enormous amount of patience with the young QB.

In 32 career regular-season games, Wilson has completed 56.6 percent of his throws for 5,996 yards with an abysmal 21/25 TD-INT ratio.

The 29-year-old Boyle is in his fifth NFL season and will be making his fourth career start against the Dolphins. He went 0-3 as a starter for Detroit in 2021.

Boyle completed 61-of-94 passes (64.9%) with the Lions for 526 yards with a 3/6 TD-INT ratio. He’s only played in two games since then, one with the Bears last season and last week’s appearance at Buffalo.

In 18 career NFL games, Boyle has completed 60.8 percent of his throws for 607 yards with a 3/9 TD-INT ratio.

From 2013-15, Boyle played in 19 games for UConn at the collegiate level. He only completed 48.4 percent of his passes for 1,237 yards with an atrocious 1/13 TD-INT ratio. And no, that’s not a misprint.

Boyle then sat out the 2016 campaign after transferring to an FCS school, Eastern Kentucky. In 12 games for the Colonels in 2017, he connected on 61.5 percent of his throws for 2,134 yards with an 11/13 TD-INT ratio.

The 31-year-old Siemian went 8-6 as a starter for Denver in 2016, throwing for 3,401 yards with an 18/10 TD-INT ratio. In 2017, he went 5-5 as a starter for the Broncos with a 12/14 TD-INT ratio.

Since then, Siemian is 0-6 as a starter. The Northwestern product started once for the Jets in 2019, four times for the Saints in 2021 and once for the Bears last year.

For his career, Siemian is 13-17 in 30 starts. He’s completed 58.9 percent of his passes for 7,027 yards with a 42/28 TD-INT ratio.

As of early Tuesday afternoon, most books had Miami installed as a 9.5 or 10-point road favorite. The total was 41 points and the Jets were +375 to +400 on the money line.