There may be a lot of white noise coming in on Thursday night.
With Zach Wilson recovering from a knee injury, the Jets turned to quarterback Mike White in week 8 for the start, helping Gang Green win a jaw-dropping, shocking and scary 34-31 over the scorching Bengals.
What White did was, in fact, historic: throwing for over 400 yards and three touchdowns, White became the first NFL passer to do so on his debut in league history.
But long before the Jets backup launched short, underneath routes leading to aberrative and unsustainable overtaking production, he was snapping photos of the New York training team, which, for him, could very well have been a taxi team. .
Here’s what you need to know about white:
Who is Mike White?
White, 26, was a Cowboys fifth round pick in 2018. Prior to joining the NFL, White was the South Florida quarterback (2013-2014) before moving to western Kentucky, starting with the Hilltoppers in 2016 and 2017.
White’s stock in the draft grew, but a mediocre NFL Combine show failed to overtake him on the fifth round, when he was selected by the Cowboys with the 171st overall pick.
After staying with the Cowboys in 2018, he was sacked from the team in 2019. The Cowboys decided not to add him to their training team, instead signing former Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson to the team’s training team. In September 2019, White was added to the Jets training team and in December he signed a reserve / future contract with the Jets.
Things got a little weird for White in 2020, so try to keep up: On September 5, he was sacked and signed for the training team the next day. He was promoted to the role of actice on 12 September. He was sacked on 8 October. 1, re-signing for the training team on 4 October. 5. Was elevated to the active roster in two successive games, returning to the training team after each game.
That’s not all: on November 9, he was again elevated to the active roster, only to give up the next day. It was re-signed with the training team on 11 November. He was promoted back to the active roster on November 23, gave up and returned to the training team afterwards.
In January 2021, White signed a reserve / future deal with the Jets. After an offseason of debate over whether or not the Jets should make a move for a veteran reserve QB, the New York front office chose not to, relying instead on White for the QB2 work. Josh Johnson would later sign with the team’s training team.
With Zach Wilson injured during a week 7 matchup with the Patriots, White made his NFL debut, throwing 202 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the outbreak defeat. In week 8, White made his NFL starter debut and set the world on fire, throwing 405 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the victory over the Bengals.
White’s performance was historic: he is the first rookie passer-by to throw for 400 yards and three touchdowns in NFL history. Those numbers brought White’s shirt from that Halloween game in Canton, Ohio, to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Now, in “Thursday Night Football” against the Colts, White has a chance to show himself again.