Mike White

New York Jets
Quarterback #3
New York Jets
Quarterback #3

Mike White News

Signs RFA tender

White has signed his restricted free agent tender with the Jets, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Per Cimini, White is slated to earn $2.54 million this coming season. The 26-year-old made four appearances (three starts) for the Jets in 2021, completing 88 of 132 passes for 953 yards, to go along with five touchdowns and eight interceptions. Now that he's back in the fold, White will compete with veteran Joe Flacco for the No. 2 signal-caller job behind Zach Wilson.

Mar 22, 2022 2:07 PM EST


Tendered by Jets

The Jets tendered White at his original-round level Wednesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With the move, he's set to make $2.54 million in 2022, unless another team offers him more. In which case, New York would have the ability to match any offer, but if they decline, they'd receive a fifth-round pick in return. The Jets also re-signed Joe Flacco to a one-year, $3.5 million deal Wednesday, so they'll have multiple options behind Zach Wilson. In 2021, White made four appearances (three starts) and completed 88 of 132 passes for 953 yards, five touchdowns and eight interceptions. However, the majority of his positive production (405 yards and three touchdowns) came in a Week 8 upset win over the Bengals.

Mar 16, 2022 12:19 PM EST



One scintillating start, three duds

White made four appearances (three starts) in 2021, completing 88 of 132 passes for 953 yards, five touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Analysis: White had never gotten into a regular-season game before the 2021 season, but the 26-year-old quarterback took the league by storm in his first NFL start, throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns in a Week 8 upset win over the Bengals. Unfortunately for White, he was unable to replicate that success in any of his other outings, quickly putting an end to the brief quarterback controversy for the Jets. Zach Wilson is the clear quarterback of the future for Gang Green after being selected second overall in the 2021 NFL Entry Draft, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Jets bring back White -- who is a restricted free agent -- to serve as Wilson's backup again next season.

Jan 14, 2022 10:58 AM EST


Returns from COVID-19 list

New York reinstated White (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Ethan Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: White has had one of the lengthier stays on the COVID-19 list of any player over the past two seasons, as he was first deactivated Nov. 23 after testing positive. Just under a month later, White is finally ready to put an end to his five-game absence. Before missing time, White appeared to have fallen behind both Zach Wilson and Joe Flacco on the depth chart at quarterback, so despite his return to full health, the 26-year-old could find himself on the Jets' inactive list Week 16 against Jacksonville.

Dec 21, 2021 3:54 PM EST


Managing non-COVID illness

Coach Robert Saleh said Wednesday that White is dealing with a non-COVID illness, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: White tested positive for COVID-19 in late November but is now dealing with a different illness ahead of Week 15. It's not yet clear whether he'll be able to suit up Sunday against the Dolphins, but he'll likely serve as the No. 3 quarterback behind Zach Wilson and Joe Flacco if he's active.

Dec 15, 2021 9:36 AM EST



Likely out Week 13

White (llness) isn't expected to clear the COVID-19 protocols this week, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: White was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week after testing positive for the virus, and it's unlikely he return to the active roster this week. Joe Flacco was also sidelined for Week 12 as a close contact, but he cleared the health and safety protocols before being activated Monday.

Nov 29, 2021 2:43 PM EST


Tests positive for COVID-19

White was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday after testing positive for the virus, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Joe Flacco also landed on the COVID-19 list as a close contact, and both players will be sidelined for this weekend's matchup with Houston. White served as the backup to Flacco during Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, and rookie Zach Wilson (knee) is set to reclaim the starting job Week 12 at Houston. Josh Johnson will be promoted from the practice squad to handle backup duties, while White will be unavailable until he clears the health and safety protocols.

Nov 23, 2021 2:33 PM EST


Not starting Week 11

White won't start Sunday's game against the Dolphins, as the Jets are instead planning to have Joe Flacco step in at quarterback, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After throwing for three touchdowns and amassing 405 yards through the air in his first NFL start Week 8 in the Jets' upset win over the Bengals, White had an injury-shortened start against the Colts in Week 9, then returned Week 10 to complete only 24 of 44 pass attempts while tossing four interceptions in a blowout loss to the Bills. The turnover-prone outing was the final nail in the coffin for White, who had been expected to lose his starting job as soon as rookie first-round pick Zach Wilson (knee) was ready to return to the lineup. The Jets believe that Wilson will need at least another week to get back to 100 percent, but White's relative inexperience along with a matchup versus a blitz-happy Dolphins defense that features plenty of secondary talent left the coaching staff convinced that the 36-year-old Flacco was the team's best option Week 11. Assuming Wilson is ready to go for a Week 12 matchup in Houston, White will likely drop to third on the depth chart behind both Wilson and Flacco.

Nov 17, 2021 7:35 AM EST


Four picks in disastrous showing

White completed 24 of 44 passes for 251 yards and four interceptions in Sunday's 45-17 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: White was completely overmatched by the ferocious Bills defense, and he was finally pulled from the game after taking a sack on New York's final drive. Joe Flacco came in and proceeded to complete all three of his passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. White's time as New York's starting quarterback appears to have come to an end as abruptly as it started, as the Jets will have to consider trotting Flacco out there in Week 11 against the Dolphins, even if rookie Zach Wilson (knee) still isn't ready to play. Coach Robert Saleh said after the game that the team won't make a decision at quarterback until checking on Wilson's health, per Al Iannazzone of Newsday Sports, so expect further clarification on where White stands in the pecking order once the Jets resume practicing Wednesday.

Nov 14, 2021 2:02 PM EST


Could keep starting after Week 10

Jets head coach Robert Saleh implied Wednesday that White's performance in his third start of the season Sunday against the Bills will dictate whether the signal-caller retains the top spot on the depth chart moving forward, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: When No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson (knee) succumbed to a PCL sprain in a Week 7 loss to the Patriots, expectations were low for White when he stepped in for his first career start Week 8 against the Bengals. Not only did the Jets spring an upset win in that contest, but White was at the forefront of the thrilling win, completing 37 of 45 attempts for 405 yards and three touchdowns and two interceptions, both of which came on tipped passes. White engineered another scoring drive in the first quarter of last week's loss to the Colts, but a minor forearm injury prevented him from finishing the contest. Though Wilson has since resumed practicing, he isn't on track to play this week, and he may not recapture the starting job even if he gets the green light to suit up for a Week 11 matchup with the Dolphins. Wilson's fate looks like it will ultimately be decided by White, who will get a chance to build job security if he's able to impress in a tough test against the Bills' top-ranked pass defense, which is allowing only 177 yards per game.

Nov 11, 2021 7:49 AM EST


Draws another start

Coach Robert Saleh confirmed Wednesday that White (forearm) will start Sunday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: While Zach Wilson (knee) is in line to practice this week, he's not ready to return to the lineup, which sets the stage for Joe Flacco to back up White this weekend, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports. It remains to be seen if White continues to start beyond Week 10, but it's worth noting that Saleh has yet to state that Wilson is a lock to immediately reclaim his starting job once he's fully healthy. In his last full game, White threw for 405 yards in the Jets' upset win over the Bengals in Week 8, but his matchup this weekend poses a challenge, with the Bills allowing a league-low average of 177 passing yards per game to date.

Nov 10, 2021 9:00 AM EST


Trending toward Week 10 start

Head coach Robert Saleh hinted Monday that White (forearm) is likely to make a third straight start in the Jets' Week 10 game against the Bills, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Following a two-week absence, No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson (knee) is expected to resume practicing Wednesday, but Saleh suggested that the rookie signal-caller isn't fully healthy and will likely need an additional week of practice time before reclaiming starting duties for the Jets. White exited in the Jets' Week 9 loss to the Colts with a right forearm injury of his own, but he's dealing with a much less serious health concern than Wilson and should be able to get in a full week of practice to put himself in position to play against Buffalo. Though veteran journeyman Josh Johnson was impressive in relief of an injured White against Indianapolis, the 26-year-old White offers more developmental upside for the 2-6 Jets and was instrumental in engineering the team's upset win over the Bengals in his first NFL start Week 8.

Nov 8, 2021 2:11 PM EST


Coach cryptic on starter vs. Bills

Coach Robert Saleh wouldn't commit to White (forearm) or Zach Wilson (knee) as his starter for the Jets' Week 10 game against the Bills, though both quarterbacks are expected to resume practicing Monday, Eric Allen of Jets 360 Productions reports.

Analysis: Wilson was the starter while healthy, but White came in for one full game and parts of two others following Wilson's injury and performed at a higher level than the rookie second-overall pick had been able to reach. Ultimately, Saleh's decision could be made easier if one of the quarterbacks ends up needing more time to heal, but at least in White's case, it appears he'll be cleared in time to face the Bills next Sunday after hurting his forearm in the first half of Thursday's loss to the Colts.

Nov 5, 2021 11:34 AM EST


Injury likely minor

White (forearm) is expected to return to practice and to be available for the Jets' Week 10 matchup against Buffalo, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: White suffered the injury during the Jets' first offensive possession of Thursday's loss to the Colts. He was evaluated by the medical staff and was seen attempting throws on the sideline, but he was unable to return after struggling to grip the ball well. However, it sounds as if he avoided serious injury, and he may be healthy enough to be active for the team's next game in 10 days. However, his status as the team's starter will depend on whether Zach Wilson (ankle) is able to return.

Nov 4, 2021 9:14 PM EST


Dealing with forearm injury

White is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Colts due to a right forearm injury.

Analysis: White led the Jets' offense to a touchdown on the team's first offensive possession, but he suffered an injury while following through on a throw. He was evaluated in the medical tent for a lengthy period and attempted to warm up on the sideline but was unable to grip the ball comfortably. Josh Johnson has taken over at quarterback in his absence.

Nov 4, 2021 6:11 PM EST


Wins scintillating debut

White completed 37 of 45 passes for 405 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Bengals. He add minus-1 yard on five rushing attempts and caught a two-point conversion.

Analysis: White led the Jets to an opening-drive touchdown, scored on an eight-yard run by Michael Carter, but he proceeded to throw interceptions on each of the next two possessions as Cincinnati built up a 17-7 lead. The backup quarterback bounced back nicely in the two-minute drill, shaking off the disappointment of an overturned would-be Keelan Cole touchdown by finding Braxton Berrios for an eight-yard score two plays later to cut the deficit to three heading into halftime. After a quiet third quarter, he heated back up with the game on the line, throwing touchdown passes of 19 yards to Ty Johnson and 13 yards to Tyler Kroft, the latter of which White followed up with a back-shoulder catch for a two-point conversion on a trick play. White fittingly closed it out himself by converting a 3rd-and-1 for the game-sealing first down on an old-fashioned quarterback sneak. After topping 400 yards in his first career start, White has been confirmed by coach Robert Saleh as New York's starter under center for Thursday's Week 9 clash with the Colts, Al Iannazzone of Newsday Sports reports.

Oct 31, 2021 1:55 PM EST


Week 8 starter

With Zach Wilson dealing with a knee injury, White will start Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: Per Eric Allen of the Jets' official site, veteran QB Joe Flacco, who the team recently acquired, is participating in meetings virtually this week and won't practice until Friday. As a result, it's unclear if he'll be active as White's backup Sunday, with Josh Johnson in line to handle the role if Flacco doesn't. In relief of Wilson in this past Sunday's 54-12 loss to the Patriots, White completed 20 of 32 passes for 202 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. While it remains to be seen if White will remain the Jets' starter beyond this weekend, he's a Week 8 option for those in two-QB formats or who are scrambling for signal-caller depth due to bye weeks or injuries.

Oct 27, 2021 9:36 AM EST


Back to No. 2 QB

White likely will remain the Jets' backup quarterback following Monday's trade for Joe Flacco from the Eagles, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: A 2018 fifth-round pick, White stepped in in place of an injured Zach Wilson (knee) on Sunday at New England, earning his first NFL action in the process. Overall, White fared modestly, completing 20 of 32 passes for 202 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He was slated to remain the No. 1 quarterback following news that Wilson is expected to miss 2-to-4 weeks due to a sprained PCL, but the deal for a known entity in Flacco makes sense for the Jets. White thus is poised to be Flacco's backup while latter directs the offense in Wilson's absence.

Oct 25, 2021 3:09 PM EST


First NFL start awaits

White is expected to start the Jets' Week 8 game against the Bengals with top quarterback Zack Wilson (knee) likely to miss 2-to-4 weeks after he was diagnosed Monday with a PCL sprain, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: White, who went undrafted out of Western Kentucky in 2018, was summoned off the bench for his first NFL snaps in relief of an injured Wilson in Sunday's 54-13 loss to the Patriots. Though he quickly converted on a three-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis after Wilson exited the game in the second quarter with the Jets facing a goal-line situation, White largely struggled to guide the offense most of the afternoon, finishing with 20 completions on 32 attempts for 202 yards and two interceptions. White could deliver an improved performance with the benefit of a full slate of first-team reps in practices Wednesday through Friday, but he likely won't warrant much consideration Week 8 outside of fantasy leagues that start two quarterbacks or have a QB flex spot.

Oct 25, 2021 2:12 PM EST


Replaces injured Wilson

White replaced the injured Zach Wilson (knee) in the second quarter of Sunday's 54-13 loss to the Patriots. He threw for 202 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Analysis: White entered the game in a 1st-and-goal situation after Wilson got injured, and the backup responded by throwing a three-yard touchdown to Corey Davis on his first NFL pass. It was all downhill from there, however, as White was picked off twice and the Jets fell in blowout fashion. Wilson was able to limp to the locker room under his own power, and the rookie second overall pick should regain the starting job as soon as he's healthy enough to do so. It remains to be seen whether Wilson or White will be under center against the Bengals in Week 8, but neither will be a recommended fantasy option given the Jets' struggles.

Oct 24, 2021 1:24 PM EST


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