Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) puts pressure on New York Jets quarterback Mike White (5) on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, during a game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

New York Jets fans came into the season hoping they’d found a quarterback to rally around. They just might not have been thinking about the specific one they’d end up wanting.

Jets fans have been high on Mike White ever since he stepped in to replace the injured Zach Wilson, who was expected to be the fresh-faced quarterback that fans pinned their hopes to. Instead, they’ve watched a White has put up solid numbers and, more importantly, led the team to victory. White became the first NFL quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards while also completing over 75 percent of his passes in his first start, which also happened to be during a 34-31 win. White was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after that game.

Last weekend, White went 7-11 for 95 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with a forearm injury. The door was opened for whether or not White would continue to get the start or if he’d be replaced by Joe Flacco while the team waits on Wilson’s return.

On Wednesday, head coach Robert Saleh announced that White would make his third-straight start this weekend when the Jets take on the Buffalo Bills.

The reaction from NFL circles was extremely positive, with many people saying that White should be given the keys to the team for the remainder of the season, or at least until it becomes clear that he isn’t the answer.

Saleh was asked if White will still be the starter once Wilson is officially healthy and left the door open to determine that based on how things look then.

If White can continue to put up solid numbers, it’s certainly going to give the coaching staff something to think about when Wilson is ready to go.

[Adam Schefter]

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