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Robert Saleh thinks Zach Wilson will thrive despite injuries to Jets’ key supporting players

Jets, Zach Wilson, Robert Saleh

The New York Jets’ 2021 season isn’t officially done, but it might as well be. The team is eliminated from playoff contention, extending the longest active drought in the league (11 years) and will be with0ut several key players this weekend.

Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson won’t have wide receivers Elijah Moore or Corey Davis or guards Alijah Vera-Tucker and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif at his disposal. Wide receiver Jamison Crowder may also be out with a calf injury. It’s a grim situation for Wilson, who has struggled mightily this season.

Yet, head coach Robert Saleh is confident in Wilson despite the injuries to his key supporting pieces.

Per Zach Braziller of the New York Post:

“I think he’s in such a great space mentally, I think he’ll thrive from this,” said head coach Robert Saleh, who is expected to miss the game himself after testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

“Is it a little bit more difficult because of the lack of continuity with all the different pieces coming in and out of the lineup? Yeah, it’s difficult, but at the same time, his job is to do his best because, I promise, the guys who are getting the opportunity to play are going to give him everything they’ve got,” Saleh said. “If he’s worried about anything other than doing his job and getting the ball where it needs to go, then it could be a problem.”

Perhaps Saleh sounds so confident because the Jets are about to face the equally bad Jacksonville Jaguars at home. Whether the confidence has anything to do with the opponent, Saleh’s take is likely unpopular.

As the first two picks from the 2021 draft square up, it likely won’t be a matchup worth remembering.