The Jets were dealt a blow on Sunday afternoon when Zach Wilson exited New York’s game against the Patriots with a knee injury.
Wilson limped off the field under his own power and went to the blue medical tent. He later went to the locker room and his return was deemed questionable. However, after halftime, he was quickly deemed out for the rest of the game.
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It’s unclear exactly what the severity of Wilson’s injury is, but the Jets were down to their backup quarterback with Wilson out of action. And he, Mike White, is not a player that is familiar to many fans.
Here’s what the Jets’ quarterback depth chart will look like as long as Wilson is out of the lineup.
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Jets QB depth chart
With Zach Wilson out, the Jets are relying on a completely unproven commodity as their backup quarterback who had never played a regular-season snap. Comparatively, their third-string option is a veteran who has played for 10 NFL teams since 2008.
1. Mike White
White was named the Jets’ backup quarterback before the 2021 NFL season despite having no previous experience playing during the NFL regular season. Neither he nor Wilson — the two quarterbacks to make the Jets’ 53-man roster — had played a snap before Week 1.
White was a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but he spent just one year with the Cowboys before being cut. The Western Kentucky product has been with the Jets since 2019 and threw a TD pass on his first career throw against the Patriots.
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2. Josh Johnson
Johnson is almost the exact opposite of White. He has been around since being a fifth-round pick in 2008, and he has played for 10 different NFL teams and has had stints in the UFL, AAF and XFL during his career.
Johnson has made eight starts and holds just a 1-7 record during his career. He has completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 1,632 yards, eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He has run for 394 yards and a touchdown during his career as well.
If White struggles against the Patriots, Johnson won’t be available to play. He is currently on the Jets’ practice squad and is not active for this game. If Wilson is out long-term, Johnson would, presumably, be elevated to the Jets’ 53-man roster to serve as White’s backup.