FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets coach Robert Saleh defended his struggling quarterback. Zach Wilson on Monday, but didn’t give him this week’s starting job — yet, anyway.

Saleh spoke about which quarterback he will start against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night. Mike White (broken ribs) were still being evaluated by doctors. The conclusion would be the 2021 overall pick, No. 2 Wilson, but Saleh said Wilson has a bright future and is too tough on the second-year quarterback.

“The sad thing is, this kid’s going to be a good quarterback, but in this new fast-coffee world we’re in, they don’t want to give people time,” Saleh said. “So we look at it and it’s just picked with a fine tooth comb.”

It was Saleh who put Wilson on the bench for three games, handing the job to White to effectively run the offense. White’s groin injury last week prevented Wilson’s return in Sunday’s 20-17 loss to the Detroit Lions. Wilson passed for 317 yards and two touchdowns but had a costly third-quarter interception and missed several open receivers.

The Jets (7-7), losers of three straight, are no exception in the playoffs, so Saleh’s quarterback decision is crucial.

Saleh praised Wilson despite his inconsistent performance, saying he took a “big step” and “at least showed some maturity” in overcoming a poor third quarter.

“I’m really pumped for him because in the past in a game when he hits a speed bump, it hurts,” Saleh said. But I thought he did a great job of getting back on track and swinging up in the fourth quarter to lead the touchdown drive.

Wilson’s 1-yard field goal until the end CJ Uzomah They gave the Jets a 17-13 lead, which they immediately gave away on a 51-yard touchdown reception by the Lions tight end. Brooke Wright On a fourth-and-1 play that fooled the defense with 1:49 left.

On the Jets’ possession, Wilson hit three completions but missed two open receivers and took two sacks. The game is over Greg ZuerleinThe field goal was missed from 58 yards.

“Man, I should have been better,” Wilson said after the game.

“The concern is that this kid would be a good quarterback, but this new fast-coffee world we’re in doesn’t want to give people time. So, we look at him and he’s just that. With a fine-tooth comb.”

Jets coach Robert Saleh on Zach Wilson

Saleh said he wants to name a starter “very quickly” in a short week. White is cleared for practice, but not communication. He wasn’t cleared by the Jets last week. White said he consulted about 10 foreign doctors, none of whom cleared him.

“There are more scans to see how well he’s healed,” Saleh said. “They felt that a week would show more healing, some carelessness, if you will, to enter the field. That he would have to see another doctor and still be able to talk to our doctors about it. “There are so many obstacles. [to start].”

White was injured eight days ago against the Buffalo Bills. The Jets said last week the plan was to start him against the Lions, but in a surprise announcement last Friday they named Wilson the starter.

Saleh insists that Wilson’s draft pedigree does not factor into the decision-making process. The Jets guaranteed him $35 million, but the best players play, Saleh said.

“This will never change,” he said.

After the injury, the Jets are optimistic about defensive tackle. Quinn Williams (calf) and wide receiver Corey Davis (Shock) Playing Thursday night. Both were seated on Sunday. Wide receiver Denzel Mims (shudder) Not expected to play.

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