New York Jets Intend to Start QB White in Week 18

The New York Jets have revealed their plans at quarterback for their season finale against the Miami Dolphins. Head coach Robert Saleh said quarterback Mike White should be ready for Sunday's game despite some soreness in his ribs.
White missed two games earlier this season after taking several hard shots to the ribs in a 20-12 Week 14 loss to the Buffalo Bills. He returned to action in Week 17 but didn't play particularly well, turning the ball over three times and absorbing four sacks in a 23-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Jets' commitment to White as the starter despite his injury and his struggles doesn't bode well for the long-term prospects of quarterback Zach Wilson in the organization. The Jets are already eliminated from postseason contention, so they should prioritize using Week 18 to evaluate the future prospects of players on their roster. That they don't even care to get a look at Wilson may indicate they're ready to move on from the second-year passer.

Wilson joined the Jets as their second-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. In 22 career appearances, he has netted a mere 3477 passing yards and turned the ball over 20 times. He has shown an especially egregious propensity to take sacks, absorbing 67 on an alarming 9.7% of his dropbacks. If the Jets have truly given up on him, he may go down as one of the biggest draft busts at the quarterback position in recent history.
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