Mike White gets the third consecutive start for the Jets in place of the injured Zach Wilson
FLOREHAM PARK, NJ – Mike White will start quarterback for the Jets against the Bills on Sunday.
Coach Robert Saleh announced Wednesday that White will start for the third consecutive time in place of Zach Wilson, who sprained his right knee in the seventh week of the Patriots’ loss.
Saleh hinted that the planes were tilting in that direction earlier in the week, saying if Wilson was “not in good health, it would be irresponsible for us to drive him there.” Jets gave a 2-4 week timetable for Wilson’s return after his injury.
White got another start. The little-known quarterback, who has spent the past two seasons on the Jets coaching staff, did well in his first two NFL games. White threw 405 yards, three touchdowns and gained a two-point conversion in the Jets’ Week 8 win over the Bengals.
White became the first Jets quarterback to throw for the 400-yard in nearly 21 years. He’s also set a completion record (37) by a quarterback on his first start and is only the second QB since 1950 to throw over 400 yards on his debut.
In last week’s loss in Indianapolis, White threw a touchdown pass on his second series. It ended up being the last as he sustained a forearm injury and never came back. But White is healthy and runs the first team in training.
Wilson will also be training this week. He will likely be allowed to play next week when the Jets host the Dolphins. If he is, Wilson could get his first job back, and Wyatt would return to his backup role.
2nd pick in the draft, Wilson struggled to move the offense. He completed 104 of 181 passes for 1,168 yards, four touchdowns, nine interceptions, and a 63.5 pass rating. White was much more effective, completing 64 of 88 throws for 702 yards, five TDs and four interceptions with a passing rating of 95.9.
This Jets season is mostly about Wilson’s development, which is why they may be back for it as early as next week. The organization must decide whether it is important to give Wilson experience and allow him to grow as a quarterback or stick with the Whites if he gives the Jets the best chance of winning.
The Jets hope Wilson has picked up a few things while watching, including throwing away the ball faster and going for short passes and check-ins rather than forcing explosive plays.