Jets WR Garrett Wilson hates losing

Jets WR Garrett Wilson hates losing

Being the fiery competitor that he is, the last month has not been fun for Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson.

Gang Green has lost four straight games and fallen to 15th in the AFC standings at 4-7 with six games left.

“I hate losing, I really don’t get over it,” Wilson said about moving past last week’s 34-13 loss to the Dolphins. “It’s not like I’m going to think about it too much, but I’m never over that.

“I like to resort back to that and figure out why we lost because it will show up again and I don’t want to be a repeat offender of the mistakes I made or the mistakes we made. You can’t lose sight of it, but you gotta be able to bounce back.

“Having that taste in your mouth and reminding yourself of that will hopefully catapult us to get it done this week.”

Mistakes and abysmal play have hindered the Jets’ offense during their 11 games. The Jets have scored just 10 offensive touchdowns the entire season. They have only scored two offensive touchdowns in a game once and that was during the 23-20 loss to the Chiefs on Oct. 1.

Gang Green is only averaging 260.2 yards per game, which is next to last in the NFL. Its 14.8 points per game also ranks 30th in the league.

The Jets’ lack of offense stems from Aaron Rodgers tearing his Achilles Week 1 and the inept play from his replacements, Zach Wilson and now Tim Boyle. Wilson was benched in favor of Boyle before last week’s game against Miami.

However, the offensive results stayed the same. The Jets scored just one offensive touchdown during the entire game and Boyle was sacked seven times and threw two interceptions.

The lack of a second receiving option has also been a challenge for the Jets offense because opponents have double-teamed Wilson to prevent him from getting the ball.

“When you look at the team we played last week, you had [Jaylen] Waddle, Tyreek [Hill], and Garrett [Wilson] already garner a lot of attention, but the number two can come in many forms,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “It can come in the form of run game, it can come in the form of the tight ends, backs out of the backfield in the pass game.

“It can come from anywhere and we’ve got guys here that we think are capable of it. We just got to continue to find ways to develop them, it’s an exciting time for the three undrafted rookies that we’ve got that are being thrust into the action to see if one of them can emerge over these next six weeks. There’s a lot of things to be excited about, but it is critical to find a number two option to relieve him of some pressure.”

Sunday’s game against the Falcons is a make-or-break game for the Jets. With their playoff chances hanging by a thread, Gang Green is looking to remain alive with the hopes of Rodgers returning before the end of the season.

Next week, Rodgers will ramp up his rehab work. The 40-year-old quarterback’s target date has been Christmas Eve against the Commanders, but he hasn’t ruled out possibly returning sooner.

But for that to happen, Rodgers told reporters on Thursday the team would need to have a chance to make the playoffs if he’s going to risk returning before the end of the season.

“If we have to win out, that’s the mindset,” Wilson said. “I feel like that’s always the mindset, but it is even more amplified. All of a sudden, we are 4-7 and it’s been a tough stretch for us. We want to win so we can get this bad taste of losing out of our mouths in the first place.

“Once you win one, who knows what will happen? We are going to put one together this week and every game is big because it’s the next one. But the reality is we are in a tough spot and we have to dig ourselves out. So that’s the goal.”

INJURY REPORT

Gang Green could be getting healthy at the right time. The only Jets player listed as out of Sunday’s game against the Falcons is Rodgers.

Guard Wes Schweitzer, whose 21-day window off injured reserve was opened on Wednesday, is questionable. He practiced fully on Friday for the first time since injuring his calf in the matchup against the Giants on Oct. 29.

Schweitzer’s return would be significant because the Jets have used eight different offensive line combinations in 11 games.

However, all three of the Jets’ top running backs are questionable to play against the Falcons. Breece Hall was a full participant in Friday’s practice but was limited earlier this week because of a hamstring injury. Israel Abanikanda did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of an illness. However, he returned to practice on a limited basis.

On Friday, Dalvin Cook was added to the injury report because of a shoulder injury, but Saleh said “he should be fine.”

Tight end Kenny Yeboah (hamstring) is also questionable. The Jets opened Yeboah’s practice window on Nov. 15 and have until Dec. 6 to place him on the active roster or lose him for the rest of the season.

Cornerback Michael Carter II, who missed the last two games due to a hamstring, is expected to play against the Falcons after not having a game designation.

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