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Mike White holds his own for Jets filling in for injured Zach Wilson

At least the Jets’ backup quarterback now has NFL regular-season expertise.

That was one optimistic the Jets might take from Sunday afternoon, even when this clearly wasn’t how they needed Mike White to get right into a recreation.

After rookie Zach Wilson suffered a proper knee damage throughout the second quarter, White was pressed into obligation in a grotesque 54-13 loss to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

“First you worry about your friend on the ground, worrying about his well-being, how he was faring,” White stated. “Now you realize, ‘All right, it’s my shot to go in there, help execute the offense.’ ”

White did nicely, all issues thought of, throwing a 3-yard landing go to Corey Davis on his first passing try and shifting the ball fairly nicely. Overall, White accomplished 20 of 32 passes for 202 yards with one landing and two interceptions. He removed the ball rapidly, unfold it round and was sacked simply as soon as. White did miss some passes, together with a Kyle Dugger interception on which he overthrew open tight finish Ryan Griffin.

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“Awesome,” Wilson stated of White’s efficiency. “I said to him, ‘That’s a hard situation to step in there.’ He hasn’t taken many reps and obviously, he hasn’t played very much in a live game before. But I thought he played very well.”

The 26-year-old White performed for South Florida and Western Kentucky in school and was a fifth-round choose of the Cowboys in 2018. The following year, he was signed to the Jets’ follow squad and has remained with the franchise. Nevertheless, White had by no means appeared in a regular-season recreation till Sunday, though he was on the lively roster for 4 video games final year.

“I think overall personally there are things to build on. I think we did some good things as an offense,” White stated. “We executed, moved the ball downfield. As in any game, there’s going to be plays you want back. I think the most important thing is going into the film room tomorrow and correcting those things, building upon it, not letting today beat us twice.”

It is unsure if White will begin the Jets’ subsequent recreation towards the Bengals at MetLife Stadium. Wilson is scheduled to get an MRI examination on Monday for what seems to be a PCL damage. Wilson stated he heard a pop in his proper knee and it didn’t really feel overly secure.

Wilson might miss the Jets’ subsequent two video games, since after subsequent Sunday, they play once more the next Thursday towards the Colts.

White might wind up getting much more expertise in the approaching weeks.

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