Burning Questions Heading into Jets-Texans

Stephen Zantz tackles fans’ burning questions ahead of the Jets-Texans game.

For the final 7 weeks of the season, TOJ Live Co-Host Stephen Zantz will be addressing the burning questions surrounding the team as the Jets take on their next opponent.

How does the offensive backfield shake out with Michael Carter potentially missing time? It really pained me to see Michael Carter go down as he was headed toward his first career 100 yard rushing game. His 39 yard run to set up the first Jet touchdown was gorgeous and was aided by future All-Pro AVT. Michael Carter is expected to be out 2-3 weeks with a high ankle sprain. I think a 50/50 split between Coleman and Johnson is going to happen but do envision Perine getting some work as well. It’s truly a shame MC went down because he has been better than any Jet fan could have hoped through 10 games.

Is Zach Wilson returning and what should we expect if he does return in HOU? While we won’t get official word on Zach’s status for Sunday, I do expect him to be the starter on Sunday. It seems like if he wasn’t rookie, he would have started against Miami. As for what to expect from ZW, I truly believe we will see a completely different player than the one we saw in his first 21 quarters of his career. This time away from the field will end up being a blessing in disguise. This was an opportunity for Zach to take a step back and see what he could be doing better and recognize things he wasn’t’ seeing on the field. I also think having Flacco in the QB room and Beck on the staff is something that cannot be overlooked. I think Zach will most importantly protect the football better than we were accustomed to seeing. You will see him hitting the layups he was missing but also flashing his arm talent with those off platform throws that made him the #2 pick.

Is there any hope at safety the rest of the way? Ready for something terrifying? The Jets have had 8 different safeties play snaps this season. It’s should not be shocking how abysmal that position group has been with the exception of Marcus Maye when he was out there. I hate to say this but the safeties are going to be the Achilles heel the rest of the way on the defensive side of the ball. Ashtyn had a nice interception yesterday but he continues to flat out stink. He just gets lost out there and is probably a reserve at best going forward. Kudos to Elijah Riley for stepping in yesterday after being signed earlier in the week but he probably is not on the roster next year. As Jet fans we have discussed the safety position plenty (in part to blitz boi) and if it’s worth investing in. The Jets need to attack  safety in FA or the draft but also shouldn’t pay premium either. Prayers up to the back end for the next 7 weeks.

Have the Jets found an answer at RG? The bar was extremely low to clear but I am confident in saying Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is a better guard than Greg Van Roten. After watching OJD over the summer, I wanted every reason for GVR to be good. He was a LI guy and seemed like a genuinely good dude. Unfortunately, he simply cannot block at an NFL level. I am not going to say LDT is the future at RG for the Jets (turns 31 in Feb), but I will say these next 7 weeks are an audition for 2022 at the very least. It was refreshing to not see GVR get rag dolled yet again on a Sunday. Flacco had a pretty clean pocket for most of the day so credit to the boys up front.

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