The Jets raised into question their existence as a real pro football team with their embarrassing blowout loss to the Patriots Sunday. So it was fitting for them to play a quarterback who also didn’t seem like an actual NFL player, but rather a fake video game character.
When struggling first-round pick Zach Wilson exited with a knee injury in the second quarter, the Jets turned to somebody named “Mike White” to take snaps under center. A 2018 fifth-round pick, White made the Cowboys as a third-string quarterback his rookie season. The following year, he was relegated to the practice squad. He’s been part of the Jets organization for the last two seasons, but saw his first game action Sunday. The overall experience was … alright. White threw a nice touchdown to complete his first drive, but was picked off twice in the second half.
Somebody should’ve increased his “game awareness” when they created him on Madden.
With Wilson reportedly suffering a torn PCL, there could be an opportunity for White to start more games, and make an actual name for himself. It’s sad to see a top-three pick like Wilson labor through his rookie campaign, racking up sacks and interceptions instead of wins. Aesthetically, it would be more appropriate for White to quarterback the moribund Jets through another dismal campaign. There already might be a QB controversy.
White accumulated a 142.1 passer rating on his first nine passes, and also led the Jets on a touchdown drive to open the third quarter.
And the best part is, he seems to be a sensational motivator. CBS sideline reporter Amanda Balionis said White told his teammates to “get after it” before a second-half drive. Unfortunately, it ended in an interception.
There is a long history of NFL quarterback ascending from anonymity to superstardom. You may have met “Mike White” dozens of times in your life, but if his trial period goes well, you’ll only think of one from now on.
Then again, that would also be the case if he plays poorly. Hopefully some teenager can adjust his skill set before he takes the field again.