Who is Mike White? Jets’ QB to start ahead of Joe Flacco, injured Zach Wilson

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Mike White will make his first NFL start for the Jets during their Halloween matchup against the Bengals on Sunday. 

The Jets confirmed on Wednesday that White will start over Joe Flacco shortly after the New York franchise acquired the veteran quarterback in a trade deal with the Eagles. Although he’s been with the Jets for three seasons, White made his first regular-season completion during the 54-13 loss to the Patriots. 

White completed 21 of 32 passes for 202 yards with two interceptions and scored one touchdown to make his NFL debut in Gillette Stadium after Wilson exited the field with a sprained knee. He connected with Corey Davis in the second quarter to earn his first touchdown on a six-play, 69-yard drive.

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“Thought he did a really nice job when he stepped in there on Sunday,” Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters after practice Wednesday. “Finished off the scoring drive, had another drive into field goal range that we failed on fourth down. Had a scoring drive to start the second half. Had another drive that entered field goal range, we just didn’t finish. So he can move the ball. He can do well. Don’t make it bigger than it needs to be.”

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Here’s everything you need to know about the Jets’ new starter. 

Who is Mike White?

Finishing off his collegiate career at Western Kentucky, White was selected by Dallas in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He joined the New York franchise in 2019 after he was waived by the Cowboys. Since then he’s been going through a cyclic rotation of being assigned to the practice squad and active roster.

After evaluation of his injury, Wilson is expected to be out for two to four weeks. The Jets haven’t placed their rookie starter on the injured reserve and it is unclear how long White will keep the starting position. 

The Jets are choosing to start White over Joe Flacco, who the Jets acquired on Monday after they confirmed that Wilson sprained his PCL. White will lead the Jets on Sunday to make his first start against the Bengals’ defense, which has totaled 19 sacks through six matchups. 

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