Mike White’s rollercoaster career is about to reach its highest point yet.
Will the following screams of cheers or boos?
Just five weeks after he was last the Jets’ starting quarterback, White will start Sunday against the Bears due to The surprising decision to bench Zach Wilson. It’s a moment that wasn’t guaranteed for White, who went 1-2 as a starter last season, but found himself behind Joe Flacco as Wilson’s best back-up until last month.
I didn’t know when, how, or why, whether it was this year [or] White said of getting another chance to start. “I’ve learned from countless older men: The moment you’re not ready is when he passes you by and walks out.”
It seemed impossible that White’s debut as well as his first NFL start could continue, when he set debut records for most completions (37) and highest completion percentage (82.2) while throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns on October 31, 2021 at Revolution. Bengal. The Jets are hoping White, 27, can avoid a repeat of the last four of his career — a four-foul interception haul against the Bills last season.
“He won matches with us, and he did a great job in practice,” said Robert Saleh, the team’s coach. “He’s very competent as a midfielder, has the ability to make all the throws on the football field, and manage the offense the way we need him to. I said weeks ago he would be next to get a chance – and that chance is now.”
White said Saleh called him with the news on Tuesday, the day before he announced it to the rest of the team during a meeting. With valid talk already of returning to Wilson sometime this season, White, a five-time former fifth-round draft pick, will have to stack up winning bids to keep the job.
“At first, I was just excited,” White said. “What every player wants in this dressing room is a chance to compete and prove themselves, but more importantly just a chance to be a good teammate.”
The circumstances of White’s rise are different this time around. He wasn’t pushed into the crowd with an injury, he won’t play and he has nothing to lose. He was asked to help start offense that managed 103 yards last week in a 10-3 loss to the Patriots that pushed the Jets (6-4) out of the playoff picture.
“The role of backup quarterback … you have to take advantage of those opportunities and that’s how you extend your career,” White said. “When you look back, it’s been a crazy up and down journey, but I’m grateful for everything because I think it helped shape me into the player I am.”
Jets fans reminiscing that the Bengals upset in their minds had chanted White’s name during tough times at MetLife Stadium.
“Everyone is familiar with his style of play,” said full-back CJ Mosley. “He likes to run the ball, he likes to throw the ball up the field. Really, it’s all about getting the ball to the playmakers and being consistent.”