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Everything was stacked against the New York Jets. The clock wasn’t in their favor, and Cleveland’s frothing home crowd was making things harder.

The Jets had Joe Flacco. And that was enough.

Flacco fired a 15-yard touchdown pass to rookie Garrett Wilson with 22 seconds left as the Jets rallied for an improbable 31-30 win over the stunned Cleveland Browns, who blew a two-touchdown lead in the final two minutes Sunday.

On third-and-10, Flacco — who had four TD passes one week after a rough opener — found a streaking Wilson over the middle. Earlier, the 10th overall pick had dropped a crucial pass, allowing the Browns (1-1) to open their two-score lead.

“Just a calming force,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said of the 37-year-old Flacco. “He has been in a lot of these situations leading a bunch of young men. I thought he was cool, calm, got the ball where it needed to go, and they left the door open just a crack.

“Just a crack for our guys to break through was awesome.”

The Jets (1-1) scored two TDs in a span of 60 seconds — a New York minute — to wreck Cleveland’s home opener. According to ESPN Stats, teams had won 2,229 consecutive games when leading by at least 13 points in the final two minutes.

The last team to blow that kind of lead was the Browns in the 2001 season against the Bears.

“You look at the score and we’re down with 1:30 left, you know your chances aren’t too hot,” said Wilson, who finished with eight catches for 102 yards in his second game. “But they made some miscues. That’s basically what happened.”

Nick Chubb’s third rushing TD put Cleveland up 13 with 1:55 to go, but the Browns bemoaned not having him stay in bounds and killing more time after the Jets called their last timeout with 2:09 remaining.

“That’s a scenario where that is on me to communicate that to the huddle,” coach Kevin Stefanski said. “We have done that before. Having said that, we need to close that game out.”

After Chubb scored, Browns rookie kicker Cade York, who made a 58-yard field goal in the final seconds to beat Carolina last week, pushed his extra point to the right.

“I thought I hit it well off the foot,” York said. “I really don’t know why it took off right on me.”

Leading 30-17, Cleveland’s defense had a major breakdown as Jets wide receiver Corey Davis got behind the secondary and Flacco hit him with a 66-yard TD left to pull the Jets within 30-24 and give them hope.

“When I threw the ball, I looked and saw nobody is anywhere near him,” said Flacco, who improved to 18-3 against the Browns. “It was really weird because of how quiet it got here. That’s something I’ve never heard before. It was so loud, and all of a sudden, there was silence.”

New York then recovered an onside kick and Flacco, who’s filling in while starter Zach Wilson recovers from a knee injury, drove to the 15 without any timeouts before hooking up with Wilson.

“When (offensive coordinator) Mike (LaFleur) called the play, I kind of had a smile inside,” Flacco said. “Their safeties were playing pretty soft, so I was going to find a window to get it to him.”

Greg Zuerlein made the deciding extra point to make it 31-30.

Cleveland had one last chance, but Jacoby Brissett, who had injured his left ankle in the fourth, was intercepted by Ashtyn Davis with 6 seconds left.

It was a demoralizing loss for the Browns, who were on the cusp of going 2-0 for the first time since 1993, when Bill Belichick was their coach.

“This league is funny,” Brissett said. “This one was tough. It just shows you can’t take anything in this league for granted. Not even talking about the end of the game, a bunch of plays early on, miscues and things of that nature.”

Brissett, starting while Deshaun Watson serves his 11-game NFL suspension for alleged sexual misconduct, threw a TD pass to Amari Cooper and finished 22 of 27 for 229 yards.

Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal with 14:19 left tied it at 17 for the Jets. The kick matched the longest in franchise history by Chandler Catanzaro against the Browns in 2017.

EARLY RETURNS

The Jets snapped their 13-game game losing streak in September.

NO AVERAGE JOE

Joe Thomas reached elite status by playing 10,363 consecutive snaps and making 10 Pro Bowls in 10 seasons for the Browns. He’s now officially a “legend.”

Thomas was inducted into the team’s Legends Club during halftime ceremonies. He was honored along with the late Darrel “Pete” Brewster, who played both tight end and defensive end for Cleveland from 1952-58.

Thomas, who retired after the 2017 season, is eligible for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s next class.

INJURIES

Jets: Rookie CB Sauce Gardner left briefly in the third quarter with an apparent head injury. He was checked in the sideline medical tent and cleared to return. … DL Quinnen Williams injured a foot but came back.

Browns: Brissett expects to play Thursday against Pittsburgh. … DE Jadeveon Clowney left the stadium in a walking boot after injuring his right ankle in the third quarter. … TE Harrison Bryant left after a scary collision with LB Kwon Alexander in the fourth but returned. … RT Jack Conklin was inactive for the second straight week. The former All-Pro underwent knee surgery in December.

UP NEXT

Jets: Continue their four-game AFC North swing to open the season by hosting Cincinnati on Sunday.

Browns: A short turnaround with a Thursday night home game against the Steelers.

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson will miss at least the first three games of the season, head coach Robert Saleh announced Wednesday.

“I really don’t want to talk about the situation anymore, the earliest he’s going to be available is (against the) Pittsburgh (Steelers in Week 4),” said Saleh.

Wilson was initially given a two-to-four week timeline after suffering a meniscus tear and bone bruise in the preseason opener and undergoing surgery.

He reportedly had a chance to play in Week 1, but Joe Flacco will instead start against the Baltimore Ravens in the opener and until Wilson is ready to return.

The sophomore quarterback hasn’t suffered a setback and will be able to practice with the team, which is why New York didn’t place him on injured reserve, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Wilson will, at minimum, miss a game on the road against the Cleveland Browns in Week 2 and a home matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3.

Flacco will get his first start since Week 11 of last season against his former team. The veteran spent 11 seasons in Baltimore, winning a Super Bowl title in 2012.

The New York Jets are open to offers for wide receiver Denzel Mims and plan to grant his trade request, sources told SNY’s Connor Hughes.

On Thursday, Mims informed the Jets he would like to be traded due to frustration over a lack of opportunities amid a crowded receiving corps.

“We feel at this point a trade is our only option since the Jets have repeatedly told us they will not be releasing him,” Mims’ agent Ron Slavin said in a statement to Hughes. “(Jets general manager) Joe Douglas has always done right by Denzel, and we trust that he will make every effort to find him a new home where he can be a contributor.”

The Carolina Panthers called the Jets to inquire about Mims, league sources told The Athletic’s Joe Person. Mims played under Panthers head coach Matt Rhule during his collegiate career at Baylor.

While New York is open to parting with the third-year wideout, a deal will only get done if the franchise feels it’s for equal value, according to Hughes.

Mims has struggled to carve out a role in his two seasons with the Jets. He’s started 11 of his 20 career games but has tallied just 31 receptions for 490 yards. After displaying some promise in his rookie campaign, the 24-year-old caught just eight receptions for 133 yards in 2021.

Corey Davis and Elijah Moore currently lead New York’s receiving group. Mims rounds out a depth chart that also features 2022 first-round selection Garrett Wilson alongside Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith.

New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims has requested a trade, his agent announced Thursday.

The 2020 second-round pick struggled in his first two seasons in the NFL, producing just 490 yards and zero touchdowns.

Mims was a non-factor in 2021, catching only eight passes for 133 yards in 11 appearances (three starts).

With first-round receiver Garrett Wilson joining a group that also features Elijah Moore and Corey Davis, Mims has been fighting for the No. 4 receiver spot with Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith.

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is expected to miss two-to-four weeks after suffering a meniscus tear and a bone bruise in Friday’s preseason opener, sources told Brian Costello of The New York Post.

Wilson will undergo arthroscopic surgery, which will determine exactly how much time the quarterback will miss, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. His meniscus only requires a trim rather than a full repair, added Costello.

The sophomore signal-caller sustained the non-contact injury during a scramble in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

New York will begin the regular season in four weeks against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 11, so Wilson still has a chance to play in Week 1, given the initial recovery timeline.

Veteran Joe Flacco is in line to start if Wilson is forced to miss regular-season action.

Wilson threw for 23 yards and one interception on five attempts before exiting against Philadelphia.

The 23-year-old struggled during his first NFL season last year after being taken second overall by the Jets. He missed four games because of a sprained PCL in the same knee that he sustained his most recent injury. Wilson finished the campaign with 2,334 yards and nine touchdowns against 11 interceptions.

The New York Jets are signing free-agent offensive tackle Duane Brown to a two-year, $22-million deal, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

New York sought reinforcements along the offensive line following Mekhi Becton‘s potentially season-ending knee injury suffered earlier this week.

Brown, who will turn 37 at the end of the month, initially visited the Jets during their green and white scrimmage at MetLife Stadium on Saturday.

The 2012 All-Pro started all 17 games last season with the Seattle Seahawks and earned his fifth career Pro Bowl nod. He started all 70 contests during his five years with the franchise.

Brown began his career with the Houston Texans who drafted him in the first round in 2008. He started in all 133 games with the Texans over 10 years before his trade to Seattle in October 2017.

Brown could be an option for the Jets at left tackle, which would allow George Fant to move to right tackle, where he played in 2020.

The New York Jets haven’t made the playoffs since the 2010 season – the longest active drought in the NFL – but linebacker C.J. Mosley believes this is the year his team will finally play meaningful games in January.

“I’m really expecting playoffs or bust,” Mosley said, according to Mark Inabinett of AL.com. “Obviously, that’s my goal every year, but I think it’s something that’s a realistic goal for our entire team and our coaches.”

New York went 4-13 last year, ranking last in the AFC East for the fifth time in the last six seasons. It was the Jets’ first campaign with head coach Robert Saleh, who joined the club last offseason to replace Adam Gase.

“Last year, everyone was kind of learning the system and learning each other,” Mosley said. “This year, coming into the offseason, you can tell guys already know it, and we’re two steps ahead of where we were last year as far as being in the playbook. We know what we have to do, guys are comfortable and now it’s all about going out there and making plays and executing, so I think that’s going to be the biggest step for us this year.”

Mosley played his first full season with the Jets in 2021. The 30-year-old joined the team in 2019 on a five-year, $85-million deal but was limited to two games that season due to injury. He then opted out of the 2020 campaign due to COVID-19.

“Being out pretty much two years, it put a lot of things in perspective,” said Mosley, who amassed a team-high 168 tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles last year.

“Everybody’s human, so when you’re out that long of a time, a lot of things run in your head about how long you want to play, you’re getting older, who’s the next guy, those type of things. But at the end of the day, I had to come out here by myself and put in the hard work, and it paid off this past season.”

The Jets drafted four rookies who are expected to start: wide receiver Garrett Wilson, running back Breece Hall, defensive end Jermaine Johnson, and cornerback Sauce Gardner.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is retiring from the NFL, ending a career that spanned 17 seasons and nine teams, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Fred Jackson seemed to announce the quarterback’s decision by posting a screenshot of an apparent text message from Fitzpatrick, his former Buffalo Bills teammate.

The veteran signal-caller is in talks with Amazon for a “key role” this season, sources told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Amazon is set to take over the rights to Thursday Night Football in 2022.

Fitzpatrick spent the 2021 campaign with the Washington Commanders but suffered a season-ending hip injury in Week 1.

He also suited up for the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, Cincinnati Bengals, and St. Louis Rams.

Fitzpatrick started for all nine teams he played for, which is an NFL record, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

The 39-year-old – whom the Rams drafted in the seventh round in 2005 – finishes his career with 34,990 passing yards (32nd all time) and 223 touchdowns (tied for 36th all time) and a record of 59-81-1.

The New York Jets traded up to select Florida State edge rusher Jermaine Johnson in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, No. 26 overall.

The Jets acquired the 26th pick and the 101st pick from the Tennessee Titans for the 35th, 69th, and 163rd choices.

New York made Johnson its third pick of the opening round after drafting cornerback Ahmad Gardner and wide receiver Garrett Wilson earlier in the night. The Jets were rumored to be considering Johnson with one of their top choices and wound up trading back into the first round to get him.

Johnson posted 12 sacks for the Seminoles in 2021, breaking out as a star after collecting just 6.5 sacks combined over the previous two seasons at Georgia. He slid down the board on draft night despite his immense talent, perhaps in part due to concerns about his personality.

Scouting profile: Jermaine Johnson

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In a deep edge rusher class, Johnson is the ultimate consolation prize in the second tier of pass-rushers. He got his first taste of consistent starting experience at Florida State after transferring from Georgia before last season and hasn’t looked back, winning ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Johnson is a monster in the trenches thanks to his unmatchable size and length. His 34-inch arms are a marvel to watch on the field as he forces his way into the pocket – usually with a variety of swim, swat, or rip moves. That also carries over into the run game – he uses his freak size to obtain the necessary leverage to get off blocks. We’ve gotten a taste of Johnson’s talent, but it seems the best is yet to come.

The New York Jets finally have their receiver.

New York selected Ohio State standout Garrett Wilson in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, No. 10 overall.

Wilson is the second wideout off the board after the Atlanta Falcons took Drake London at No. 8. He’s also New York’s second first-round selection after cornerback Ahmad Gardner was taken fourth overall.

The AFC East club was seemingly intent on upgrading sophomore quarterback Zach Wilson‘s weapons this offseason.

The Jets offered a package that included the No. 10 pick for disgruntled San Francisco 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel but couldn’t come to terms on a deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

New York reportedly also inquired about trading for the likes of DK Metcalf and A.J. Brown earlier in the offseason.

Wilson – who racked up 70 catches for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2021 – will join a receiving group that includes Corey Davis and Elijah Moore.

Scouting profile: Garrett Wilson

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Wilson is a versatile, game-breaking wideout with all the traits to be an instant star at the next level. The 21-year-old isn’t the most precise route-runner yet, but he creates separation with his short-area quickness and burst. A giant catch radius allows him to haul in anything thrown in his vicinity and he’s a serious problem for defenders once the ball is in his hands. Wilson projects to be a high-volume top target capable of producing at all levels of the field. And there’s room for him to grow if he tightens up his playing style – eliminating some of the unnecessary steps, jumps, and flailing – in an effort to be more efficient in his routes.