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Alijah Vera-Tucker fills in at tackle as Jets grow even thinner

PITTSBURGH — The Jets had a shock transfer on the offensive line for Sunday’s win over the Steelers. 

They moved Alijah Vera-Tucker from proper guard to left tackle to fill in for the injured George Fant. Vera-Tucker performed one year at left tackle at USC however was drafted as a guard and has performed there the previous two years. 

“It was definitely different,” Vera-Tucker stated. “They came to me early in the week, on Tuesday and said they might not need me to play left tackle. They said at the end of the day, it was my decision. I just felt like it was for the best for the team. With the help of the guys on defense and offense, everybody gave me as much advice as they could and I felt good out there today.” 

With Vera-Tucker shifting to tackle, Nate Herbig began at proper guard. 

Alijah Vera-Tucker
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“Just the combination of him and Herbig there at guard, we felt like that would be a really good stabilizing combination,” Jets coach Robert Saleh stated. 

Vera-Tucker stated he spent the week watching movie of tackles from across the NFL as effectively as a few of his personal school movie at tackle to organize. 

The Jets have had a run of unbelievable dangerous harm luck at tackle and it continued Sunday. Rookie Max Mitchell, who has began each sport at proper tackle, injured his left knee in the second quarter and needed to be carted off. Mitchell was on crutches after the sport and had a big brace on the knee. Saleh stated Mitchell will endure testing Monday. The Jets have already lost Mekhi Becton, Duane Brown and Fant at the position. 

“Eventually that group has got to get a run of good luck with health and see if we can string together some games having the same group over and over again,” Saleh stated. 


DT Quinnen Williams responded to the feedback final week from defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich, who used a poor phrase alternative and appeared like he was questioning Williams’ conditioning. 

“It didn’t bother me at all,” Williams stated. “I’ve been around [Ulbrich] for two years now. I know his heart, man. I know that social media and media can twist words and make things seem like it’s not. We talked right after it went viral and we had a great conversation just about each other and how he feels about me and how I feel about him and stuff like that.”


DE Carl Lawson was penalized for roughing the passer at the top of the second quarter and it allowed Steelers kicker Chris Boswell to kick a 59-yard discipline purpose. 

“Gotta be more disciplined,” Lawson stated. “Horrible, could have cost my team the game, and that won’t happen again. Just bad mistake by me, and it will not happen again.” 


Zach Wilson’s landing reception was the primary landing catch by a Jets quarterback in franchise historical past. Mike White caught a two-point conversion final year.

Zach Wilson hauls in a touchdown reception during the Jets' win over the Steelers.
Zach Wilson hauls in a landing reception through the Jets’ win over the Steelers.
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Hero

Jets quarterback Zach Wilson was removed from good in his return however he got here up big in the fourth quarter. He accomplished 10 of 12 passes for 128 yards and a landing in the fourth quarter. He led the Jets down the sector twice to erase a 10-point deficit. 

Zero

Mitch Trubisky was horrible for the Steelers and received benched at halftime. Trubisky did nothing in the primary half, finishing 7 of 13 passes for 84 yards and an interception. The Steelers appeared like a special staff as soon as rookie Kenny Pickett entered the sport. 

Unsung hero

Alijah Vera-Tucker moved from proper guard to left tackle to assist the Jets’ ailing line. It is the third position that Vera-Tucker has performed in his two years with the Jets, having moved from left guard to proper guard at the beginning of this season. Wilson was solely sacked as soon as as the Jets’ makeshift offensive line held up. 

Key stat

4 Takeaways by the Jets, the primary time they’ve executed that since Week 1 of the 2019 season. They intercepted Trubisky as soon as and Pickett 3 times, together with the large one from Michael Carter II that arrange the game-winning drive. 

Quote

“Let’s go score an effin’ touchdown.” 

— Jets RB Breece Hall on what QB Zach Wilson stated in the huddle earlier than the game-winning drive

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