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Mike White and Zach Wilson speak to the media on Thursday

Following Thursday’s practice, the New York Jets sent out quarterbacks Mike White and Zach Wilson to speak with the media.

White is fully healthy after exiting in the first quarter of a loss to Indianapolis last Thursday. He is set to make his third consecutive start in place of Wilson, who is continuing his recovery from a PCL injury. Joe Flacco is expected to back White up when the Buffalo Bills come to town on Sunday.

Asked about the “Mike White” chants that echoed throughout MetLife Stadium on Halloween, White said he hopes to hear them again on Sunday, as they would likely mean the offense is having success. White added that his teammates in the locker room often execute the chant.

Showing off his confidence, White responded to a question about why he was overlooked in the 2018 draft by stating, “If you ask me, I should have been a first overall pick.”

White assures that the dynamic between himself and Wilson has not been awkward. He says that Wilson has been “supportive” and “awesome,” and that the recent events have not altered their relationship.

White also spoke about what he learned from playing behind Dak Prescott in Dallas, highlighting Prescott’s off-field camaraderie with every member of the organization.

Wilson gave an update on his injury, stating that he’d like to have been back quicker but also mentioning he understands knee injuries could be much worse and that his timetable is about the best he could have hoped for.

Wilson discussed what he has taken away from sitting back and watching the offense thrive, calling the experience “very beneficial.”

Speaking specifically about White’s playstyle, Wilson said he admires White’s “ability to quickly eliminate, just quickly go through the process” and his “ability to not feel like he needs to force something.”

Regarding the dynamic of whether or not he wants White to play well, Wilson shot down any idea that he would root against his backup, stating, “What’s the point of butting heads when we can help each other out? I think we can both benefit from the situation.”

White has thrown for 500 yards and four touchdowns in just under five quarters of play as the Jets’ starting quarterback. He will aim to build upon that success on Sunday against the Bills’ top-ranked scoring defense (14.8 points per game).

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