Joe Flacco can give Jets a Zach Wilson injury silver lining

With Zach Wilson on a plane to Los Angeles for Tuesday surgery on his injured right knee, 37-year-old Joe Flacco was taking reps behind center with the Jets first-team offense in Sunday’s practice. 

Barring a miracle for Wilson or some unforeseen circumstances (like a trade for Jimmy Garoppolo or Joe Namath coming out of retirement), under center with the starters is where Flacco will be for the Jets in their Sept. 11 season opener at MetLife Stadium. 

Against the Ravens, his former team. Because, of course. 

No one — not even Flacco, who’s certain he can still play at a high level — wants to see Wilson injured and headed for surgery. But there can be a silver lining to this for the Jets. 

There’s at least a chance that Flacco taking first-team reps for a few weeks and beginning the season as the starter turns out to be a blessing in disguise — if, of course, he plays well. 

And don’t rule that out. 

It’s possible that Flacco gives the Jets a better chance to win right now than Wilson, who made two egregious errors in his nine plays from scrimmage Friday night in Philadelphia: a telegraphed pass that was picked off on his first series and his decision not to run out of bounds to avoid the unnecessary injury that KO’d him in his second series. 

Joe Flacco throws as the Jets' new starter as training camp on Sunday.
Joe Flacco throws as the Jets’ new starter as training camp on Sunday.
Bill Kostroun/New York Post

Don’t rule out Flacco playing well enough in the first week or two of the season to create a question about whether he should be replaced whenever Wilson is healthy. What if Flacco helps lead the Jets to wins in their first two games — Week 1 at home against the Ravens and Week 2 against the Deshaun Watson-less Browns in Cleveland? 

Then what? 

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