Joe Flacco’s return to New York gave Jets fans a bit of hope as an immediate fill-in for the injured Zach Wilson, but it he will not be starting this week.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Jets head coach Robert Saleh says they have decided to start Mike White instead of Flacco for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. Saleh added that Flacco is set to report to the Jets facility Friday and is unlikely to even suit up for Sunday’s game. He added that the offense won’t change much and that White will have the same expectations as Wilson had.
“Same expectations every starting quarterback would have,” Saleh said. “Take care of the football, move the football, move the chains, score when you have the chance to score. Just really command the offense the way he has since OTAs and training camp. Thought he did a really nice job when he stepped in there on Sunday. 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.”
This will be White’s first start as an NFL quarterback after he took over in the second quarter after when Wilson went down with a knee injury, resulting in a sprained PCL leaving him out of action for up to four weeks.
The Western Kentucky alum, who was drafted by the Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft completed 20 of 32 passes for 202 yards against New England, throwing one touchdown pass and two picks.
The Jets will also bring Josh Johnson up from the practice squad to the active roster to serve as White’s backup.