In 3 ¹/₂ seasons in the NFL, he never has had a beginning. He hadn’t seen a moment until Zach Wilson went down with a knee injury last week.
One week from now, Joe Flacco is relied upon to be prepared to play until Wilson is prepared to return.
Inside this thin pocket of time sits White, the beginning quarterback for the Jets.
“I’m starting an NFL game,” White said Thursday after practice. “So that’s pretty freaking cool.”
The 26-year-old from Pembroke Pines, Fla. — who played two years at the University of Southern Florida before two at Western Kentucky, then, at that point, utilized a solid Senior Bowl to springboard into a fifth-round determination by the Cowboys in 2018 — is at last getting his possibility, but brief it could end up being.
White didn’t play a snap for Dallas prior to getting deferred in 2019, when the Jets marked him interestingly. They have marked him multiple times since, either to the training crew or dynamic program, since they have persistently deferred him off the dynamic list to clear space. No admirer arose for the short free specialist, so White would sign back with the Jets’ training crew.
With the as of late procured Flacco not normal to be with the Jets until Friday on account of individual reasons and not ready to begin, it has prepared for seven days from White’s fantasies. He said it’s been “wonderful,” and his telephone has been exploding. He said he talked as of late with Mets infielder Luis Guillorme, who likewise experienced childhood in South Florida and was a baseball partner.
“I’ve gone into this week and attacked this week and trying not to make it more than what it is,” said White, who went 20-for-32 with a touchdown and two interceptions in relief of Wilson against the Patriots. “We’re going out there on Sunday, and I’m going to try and help this football team win and do my job.”
It is a task the Jets say they are alright with him doing, notwithstanding the Flacco exchange. Senior hostile collaborator Matt Cavanaugh said that all through this season, White would remain late on the training field to get every rep that Wilson got; Wilson would work with the primary group, and after they left, White would stay on the field and make overall similar tosses.
Since White has stayed arranged, there has not been any restricting of the playbook.
“We see qualities in him that are similar to Zach, and he can stand in there and throw it,” Cavanaugh said. “He can make quick decisions. He’s got accuracy.”
Also, he has a beginning position Sunday, when the Bengals visit MetLife Stadium.
“There’s been a lot of ups and downs,” White said of his career. “But I think, personally, I’m proud of how I handled it and persevered and kept continuing to work my tail off and get better and put myself into this situation.”