Has Mike White already shown more aptitude on and off the field than Zach Wilson?


Mike White went from third-stringer on Labor Day weekend to starting and hearing his name chanted in MetLife Stadium on Thanksgiving weekend, and unlike Zach Wilson with his postgame answers, White admitted he enjoyed hearing the chants but was in a position where he didn’t have to block them out.

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“It’s always cool. I won’t sit here and give you some quarterback cliché like I’m not focusing on that, although there are times I’m not,” White said “but towards the end of the game, it would’ve been cooler if they didn’t do it while we were trying to snap the ball! But no, I’m not going to complain about that too much. It’s not often we’re in that situation, so I don’t want to give them too much grief.”

Here’s the thing about this one game, and his one postgame presser, though: no matter what happens against Minnesota next week, White may have already shown more aptitude for the game, and the Jets’ system, than Wilson has since day one.

To wit, his answer when asked about his second TD pass to Garrett Wilson:

“I saw they were in man, so the guy I needed to beat was that linebacker, and I felt like I could get it over him and get it to Garrett.
He got open, which he seems to do a lot, and he made a play when the ball was in his hands.”

And then, his answer about his TD pass to Elijah Moore:

“Awesome feel by him. It was an out-breaking route but he had the feel to slow up a bit and get into that soft spot. That was a big play too, third down in the red zone, and scoring coming out of the half to get it to that two-score game.”

White said he wasn’t going to play hero-ball, and he noted this about being more comfortable in the Jets’ offense.

“Every game is a new game, but when you have the experience to draw on from last year, having had the highs and lows and learning from both, helps you a lot,” White said. “And, I think just second year in the system is helpful, and I think that’s going to show. It’s a new year.”

Wilson is also in his second year in the system, and has had much more in terms of in-game reps than White, even with his injuries. White has been in the league three years longer, but there’s only so much that can be simulated in practices, so it’s up to how you perform on Sundays.

White’s last in-game experience was a disaster against Buffalo – but back to that hero-ball quote, he learned from the win against Cincinnati, but he also learned from that final experience.

“That’s part of playing quarterback and handling successes and turning the page and moving on,” White said. “I think that’s where I got in trouble in the Buffalo game (playing hero-ball), and I learned from that. You have to learn from your lows, and build upon that and play smart, winning football.”

“People get confused between today and Cincinnati, because those short checkdowns were all Cincinnati was giving him, so he took it,” Saleh added of White. “Mike is able to process in a way where he’ll take what you give him, and he’ll make good decisions with the football and make them quickly. He’s really good at doing his job, and gets the ball where he needs to get it. I don’t think there’s a guy in the locker room who didn’t think he would perform today.”

And all of it, on Sunday, ended what could’ve been an incredibly turbulent and morale-busting week for the Jets into a success.

“It wasn’t stressful, because we have an unbelievable locker room and staff. No one flinched and everyone took care of business,” Saleh said. “We talk about moments, doing your job to the best of your ability. If we focus on that and try to be the best we can be, we’ll be okay. I thought our locker room did a great job ignoring the noise, and the guys did a great job executing.”

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