The New York Jets Week 14 loss to the New Orleans Saints was an embarrassing performance in just about every sense of the word. The defense was outclassed both through the air and on the ground, while the offense failed to get much of anything going throughout the entire game.
Robert Saleh's squad fell to 3-10 on the season with their second consecutive loss, a humbling 30-9 smackdown. The two wins New York earned in November feel like a distant memory based on the way the team has played of late, and with the playoffs no longer a possibility, the Jets are playing like a team looking to build via the draft. Taysom Hill and Alvin Kamara ran all over the Jets' defense, though it was ultimately the offense's lackluster performance that led to the loss.
Things could stand to get worse for the team with a matchup against the streaking Miami Dolphins on the slate in Week 15. Here are three Jets takeaways from the team's heavy defeat to the New Orleans Saints in Week 14.
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New York Jets Week 14 Takeaways
3. Zach Wilson's struggles are a real worry
Zach Wilson had one of his best games of the season in Week 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but any semblance of that player was gone in Week 14. Wilson looked out of sync with his receivers and was entirely out of his element while in the pocket. On the day, the 22-year-old completed just 45.2% of his pass attempts (19-for-42) for 202 yards. While he didn't throw an interception in the game, the first time he's gone without a pick in his career (excluding Week 7 when he suffered an injury), he was still considerably inaccurate and struggled to keep drives alive.
Wilson's had chance after chance to show signs of improvement. He managed to impress in Week 13, but took a serious step backwards against the Saints. It's worth noting that he was without a few of his key weapons such as Corey Davis and Elijah Moore, but his performance ultimately left fans with little optimism about the future.
2. Ty Johnson can't be trusted
If the Jets proved anything on Sunday, it's that Ty Johnson has no place on this roster. The running back dropped three passes in a single quarter against the Saints, completely stalling any momentum the Jets were trying to build. With the backfield practically to himself, Johnson completely choked away his opportunity to earn a bigger role in the offense, and ultimately depleted any faith the fanbase had in his ability as a pass-catcher. With Michael Carter, Tevin Coleman and Austin Walter all sidelined on Sunday, the 24-year-old needed to provide some stability out of the backfield, but instead was the least reliable player on the field.
For a running back whose premier value comes as a pass-catcher, Johnson's inability to hold onto the football was shocking. If Carter is able to return from IR in Week 15, there's virtually no reason Johnson should sniff the ball on Sunday.
1. Denzel Mims is looking like a bust
Jets fans have been longing for Mims to show signs of being a productive wideout in the league. After all, the Jets invested a second-round pick in order to draft the Baylor product, who has largely failed to impress. Well, his golden opportunity came in Week 14, with top options Elijah Moore and Corey Davis sidelined, Mims needed to step up and have a career game. Instead, he was flagged for a pair of costly penalties and failed to make any positive impact, ultimately getting outplayed by practice squad call-up D.J. Montgomery.
Instead of utilizing the opportunity to build a decent rapport with Wilson for the future, Mims ended the day with zero receptions and played in just 33% of the offensive snaps. With each passing week, Mims is looking less like a factor for the future of the franchise, and more like another wasted early draft pick holding the organization back.