Jets’ Mike White toughs out loss, solidifies grip on QB job

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — New York Jets quarterback Mike White took a bodily beating Sunday in a 20-12 loss to the Buffalo Payments, leading to a postgame journey to a neighborhood hospital for precautionary exams on an injured rib, however he may need solidified the beginning job for the rest of the season.

White, now 1-2 since changing Zach Wilson, will begin once more subsequent Sunday towards the Detroit Lions — if wholesome.

“Yeah, for sure,” stated coach Robert Saleh, endorsing White, who rejoined the group for its flight residence.

As Saleh spoke to the media, White was getting into an ambulance within the stadium tunnel. He “checked out good” throughout a third-quarter analysis that included X-rays after a fierce hit to his ribs by linebacker Matt Milano.

White hung out with the medical workers within the locker room however returned to complete the sport, incomes reward from teammates for his toughness. After a postgame analysis, it was determined to ship him to the hospital for added testing. Saleh stated it was “more precautionary than anything.”

The Jets (7-6) have their first two-game shedding streak of the season, they’ve critical pass-protection points and star defensive deal with Quinnen Williams is battling a calf damage (he is day-to-day, Saleh stated), however they had been surprisingly upbeat after the sport.

Saleh buoyed their confidence by primarily telling the group it might attain the playoffs for the primary time in 12 seasons — a daring assertion. He repeated that sentiment to the media.

“We’re going to see these guys again,” stated Saleh, whose group break up the season sequence with the Payments (10-3).

“I think our team is good enough (to make the playoffs). Obviously, it’s week to week, but we’ve got a good football team.”

And it might be White main the way in which. He hasn’t been named the everlasting starter, however the upcoming schedule factors to that taking place. After the Lions, the Jets face the Jacksonville Jaguars on a Thursday night time in Week 16 — and it is unlikely they’d make a quarterback change on a brief week.

Saleh has stated he intends to play Wilson once more, however he’d seemingly roll with White if the Jets stay in competition for Weeks 17 and 18. Wilson, drafted second total in 2021, was inactive for the third straight sport.

“I think he showed resolve, toughness, everything that we’ve been seeing,” Saleh stated of White. “He’s a good player.”

White accomplished 27 of 44 passes for 268 yards, giving him 952 yards in three begins. He has led the offense to solely two touchdowns in eight- and five-point losses to the Payments and Minnesota Vikings, respectively, although he was underneath intense stress from the Payments.

The numbers had been ugly — three sacks, seven quarterback hits and 20 pressures. The hits had been nasty.

Within the second quarter, White received drilled within the chest by Ed Oliver, inflicting him to overlook two performs. With 4:41 left within the third quarter and the Jets trailing 14-7, he was crushed by Milano. He was down for a couple of minutes and was taken to the locker room. Joe Flacco changed him each occasions, fumbling on a strip sack on the primary play of his second cameo.

“He’s a dog, man,” heart Connor McGovern stated of White. “He’s willing to do whatever it takes to win. That’s what every guy in this locker room, if they aren’t that way, they need to be that way. I believe everybody is that way. Today, Mike was unfortunately an example of that. Guys are willing to do whatever it takes to get the Jets to the playoffs and beyond.”

Working again Michael Carter, who had a pricey fourth-quarter fumble deep in Buffalo territory, referred to as White a “f—ing soldier, bro. I love playing with that guy.” Vast receiver Garrett Wilson stated White had “a lot of heart and he’s going to put it on the line for his boys. I would do the same for him.”

When White jogged again from the locker room, it was 20-7 with 12:25 left within the fourth quarter. The Jets had 4 extra possessions however managed solely a area objective along with a security on a blocked punt. Carter’s fumble on the Buffalo 23 was large.

“We ran power, it opened up like Disney World and I just tried to go score a touchdown,” Carter stated. “I tried to run him over, I tried to crank him up, but (Taron Johnson) made a good play.”