Who is Mike White? Everything you need to know about the New York Jets quarterback

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh has confirmed that first-choice quarterback Zach Wilson will not feature this weekend, with Mike White set to be handed only a fourth start of his NFL career against the Chicago Bears.

The decision comes after a torrid showing from Wilson in Sunday's 10-3 defeat to divisional rivals the New England Patriots. Wilson threw for just 77 yards on a 9/22 completion.

So who is Mike White? Here is everything you need to know about the Jets' backup quarterback.

Who is Mike White?

Mike White is a 27-year-old quarterback who graduated out of Western Kentucky in 2017. The Dallas Cowboys selected him as the 171st pick in the 5th round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

White spent a year in Dallas, failing to make an NFL appearance before being waived ahead of the 2019 season. He was picked up by the New York Jets on December 30th, 2019.

After a spell of being waived and resigned by the Jets, White finally made his first NFL appearance against the New England Patriots in Week 7 of the 2021 season, finishing with 202 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

His best line to date came in Week 8 of the 2021 season when, making his first start in the NFL, White threw for 405 yards on 37 of 45 passes, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions in a 34-31 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

This weekend, he will make his first start of the 2022 season against the Chicago Bears.

New York Jets Schedule 2022/23

With Zach Wilson's long-term future up in the air, White could put himself in contention for a run as the Jets' starting QB if he impresses this weekend.

Here are the remaining fixtures for the Jets this season:

  • Bears @ Jets - Sunday, Nov 27th
  • Jets @ Vikings - Sunday, Dec 4th
  • Jets @ Bills - Sunday, Dec 11th
  • Lions @ Jets - Sunday, Dec 18th
  • Jaguars @ Jets - Thursday, Dec 17th
  • Jets @ Seahawks - Sunday, Jan 1st
  • Jets @ Dolphins - Sunday, Jan 8th
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