In what was truly an “I’ve won, but at what cost?” moment, New York Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson scored his first career NFL touchdown on the same play that their second-year offensive tackle Mekhi Becton suffered what appears to be a serious knee injury.
Becton had to be carted off the field, and seemed “extremely emotional” according to NFL Network correspondent James Palmer. The severity of the injury has yet to be reported, but based on Becton’s reaction, it can’t be good news.
The Jets were already going to have a tough time in the AFC East, having to compete with the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins. Losing Becton for a significant amount of time only makes the road ahead even tougher for New York.
On the bright side, Wilson threw a beautiful 22-yard pass to wide receiver Corey Davis towards the end of third quarter, tallying the first of what the Jets hope to be many touchdowns from the young rookie. New York seems to have faith in the 21-year-old, whom they took with the no. 2 overall pick in the 2021 draft after the Utah native had a successful collegiate career at BYU.
Sunday was an exciting day for rookie quarterbacks all around, as no. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence and no. 3 overall pick Trey Lance also completed their first career touchdown passes for their respective teams in week 1.