The Jets are all-in with Zach Wilson at quarterback but who backs him up remains a work in progress.
Right now, that job belongs to Tim Boyle (once he’s promoted from the practice squad), but general manager Joe Douglas isn’t standing pat.
The Jets tried to sign Brett Rypien off the Los Angeles Rams’ practice squad, according to multiple reports.
However the Rams countered the interest in Rypien by promoting him to their 53-man roster after moving Stetson Bennett to the non-football injury list.
Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay did not disclose the reason for the Bennett roster move, but it means the quarterback will be sidelined at least the next four games.
However, McVay made it clear the Rams have confidence in Rypien backing up Matthew Stafford.
“The fortunate thing for us is that Brett Rypien has been in-house,” McVay told reporters on Thursday.
“He was the backup last week, and he’s going to continue to be in that situation until anything changes on that note.”
Rypien made sense for the Jets, since he worked last year with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett when both were with the Denver Broncos.
The 27-year-old Rypien joined the Broncos in 2019 as an undrafted free agent out of Boise State.
He played in eight games over three seasons in Denver, going 2-1 as a starter.
In March, he left the Broncos as a free agent and two months later signed with the Rams.
Rypien’s NFL roots run deep.
He is the nephew of quarterback Mark Rypien, who won Super Bowl 26 MVP honors by leading Washington to a 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Head coach Robert Saleh has been steadfast in his resolve that Wilson is the Jets’ starting quarterback with Aaron Rodgers sidelined for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles tendon, which he suffered on the fourth offensive snap of the season-opening 22-16 overtime win vs. the Bills.
“I want to make it very clear, Zach’s our quarterback,” Saleh said. “We have a lot of faith in Zach. We’re rolling with Zach and excited for him.
“Under no circumstances is any of this a competition. This is Zach’s team and we’re rolling with Zach.”
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