Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has been sidelined with a knee harm since late October and backup Mike White has gone from little-known reserve to a fan favourite.
White exploded in his first profession begin by throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns in a 34–31 upset win over the Bengals. He performed nicely throughout final week’s recreation in opposition to the Colts, earlier than leaving with a minor forearm harm. Wilson returned to apply this week and coach Robert Saleh has given White the beginning nod for Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Payments.
Even when White continues to play nicely and contemplating Wilson’s struggles this season, the Jets might stick Wilson after choosing him with the No. 2 decide of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Wilson spoke with the media for the primary time since his harm on Thursday and instructed reporters that he’s not involved in regards to the long-term impression of his harm or the creating scenario with White, whom he calls his “closest good friend on the workforce.”
“I simply obtained right here. I am alleged to be a senior in faculty proper now,” Wilson mentioned, per ESPN. “You need to perceive, it may be arduous. I am not making excuses, however that is the place development comes from.
“I undoubtedly did not come right here considering this could be the best factor ever and we will go undefeated,” he added. “I knew it was going to be powerful and that is a part of the method. That is what makes soccer so enjoyable. My time goes to come back.”
Wilson acknowledged competitors is a part of the sport and each quarterbacks need to be beneath middle on Sundays.
“That’s the best half is that I feel we each perceive that it’s a part of the enterprise of soccer. And we each perceive that I need to play, he desires to play,” Wilson mentioned, through Jets Nation. “It’s simply how it’s. So, what’s the purpose of butting heads once we can assist one another out?
“I feel we will each profit from the scenario and so, I actually don’t really feel like there’s any purpose to even have to speak about it,” Wilson continued. “I really feel like we’re naturally simply actually good buddies as it’s. And I used to be pumped for him when he performs, and he’s pumped for me once I’m enjoying and doing nicely.”
Final yr at BYU, Wilson averaged 11 yards per try. These will not come almost as simply within the NFL and he has watched White thrive whereas taking what the protection provides him.
“I’d say my fashion of play must get extra like that,” Wilson mentioned of White’s recreation. “It was the identical factor in faculty. Perhaps I pressured issues a bit bit an excessive amount of my freshman, sophomore yr, however I discovered that stability my junior yr. I discovered what dangers had been value it and I used to be nonetheless in a position to nonetheless have these large explosive performs, however I took care of the ball. So, that’s form of the identical factor now.”
Sunday’s recreation is about for 1 p.m. ET recreation.
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