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Joe Flacco not expected to start for New York Jets, per report

When it was reported that the New York Jets had struck a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles to reunite with quarterback Joe Flacco, many assumed that Flacco was brought in to be the Jets’ short-term starter until the injured Zach Wilson (PCL) makes his return in two to four weeks.

However, according to a report from ESPN’s Rich Cimini, it appears that is not the plan.

Cimini reports that Flacco is coming in as a backup and the team plans to start Mike White until Wilson is healthy.

General manager Joe Douglas gave up a conditional sixth-round pick for Flacco’s services. The selection will upgrade to a fifth-rounder if Flacco plays more than 50 percent of the Jets’ offensive snaps in four games.

Flacco has experience playing in an offense from the Mike Shanahan coaching tree. He played under offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak with the Ravens in 2014 and then played under offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello with the Broncos in 2019.

Kubiak was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator under Mike Shanahan throughout the late-1990s and early-2000s. Scangarello coached alongside current Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur with the 49ers from 2017-18 as the team’s quarterbacks coach under Kyle Shanahan.

Should White start on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, it would be his first regular-season start in the NFL, coming over three years after he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2018 draft out of Western Kentucky.

In his NFL debut against the Patriots, White relieved Wilson and completed 20 of 32 passes for 202 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions throughout the final two-and-a-half quarters.

White started off on a roll, completing nine of his first 12 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. Some of those completions were very impressive.

From there, White struggled mightily. He completed 11 of his final 20 passes for 86 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions. Most of that yardage came on check-downs against soft defensive coverages. White missed badly on a number of open throws down the field.

New York will hold its first practice in preparation for the Bengals on Wednesday morning.

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2 years ago

Trading for Flacco tells me Zach is closer to 4-6 games on the shelf than 2-4 or it would make sense to roll with White/Johnson. The entire backup QB plan has to be in question at this point. If they wanted Flacco they could have had him, they insisted they were rolling with the young guys because they were invested, then they signed Johnson. So my question is: What was the point? The question marks are growing for Douglas. There was poor planning at the backup QB, LB, TE and OL spots, I realize they had so many holes to fill last off-season but their “plan” at some position groups is more than questionable. Knowing the TE’s are so important to the OC entering the season with what they have was flat out dumb. Going into the season with GVR at guard was equally dumb and the LB group with all those safeties was going to fail. Now we see the QB’s and clearly they didn’t have what they needed to enter the season.

2 years ago

Interesting to find out the role of Josh Johnson, if there is one. Looked better than White in the Pre season. Jets carrying 4 QB’s on the 53. Note huge difference of that late sixth round pick, and the fifth round pick.

2 years ago
Reply to  JetOrange

Mike White did okay considering the circumstances. His career could be defined by the next couple of games.