Mike White will make his return to MetLife Stadium
Mike White is coming back to where it all began.
New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh announced on Wednesday that the passing sensation will make his third consecutive start on Sunday afternoon against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium (1 p.m. ET, CBS).
White’s first start came in East Rutherford on Oct. 31, when he threw for 405 yards and three scores in an upset win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Another touchdown awaited during last week’s Thursday night tilt in Indianapolis, but he was forced to leave with a forearm injury, leaving the primary passing duties to Josh Johnson.
Per Jets X-Factor’s Robby Sabo, Saleh said that the knee of Zach Wilson, the Jets’ regular starting quarterback, wasn’t “fully ready to go.” Wilson left the Jets’ Oct. 24 loss to New England with a knee injury. Further evaluation diagnosed Wilson with a sprained PCL with an original timetable of two-to-four weeks for to return.
Mike White is starting, per Saleh. He cites that Zach Wilson’s knee is not yet fully ready to go. #Jets
— Robby Sabo (@RobbySabo) November 10, 2021
Wilson is set to serve as the Jets’ practice squad quarterback this week, while newly reacquired Joe Flacco will serve as the game-day backup. Johnson’s two recalls from the practice squad prevented the Jets (2-6) from putting him back on the active roster unless they sign him for the season.
In total, White has completed 64 of 88 passes this season for 702 yards (8.0 per attempt), five touchdowns, and four interceptions, earning a passer rating of 95.9. His insertion in Week 8 sparked a previously dormant Jets offense that has now posted 64 points and 997 yards over its past two games.
White will aim to keep his fire burning against an elite Buffalo defense that has allowed a league-low 14.8 points per game this season.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags