Richard Sherman Says Jets Found Their Franchise Quarterback
In his first start of the season, Mike White led the Jets to a win over the Bears, throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-10 blowout. These two numbers are notable because Zach Wilson , who was left out last week ,, has not yet reached either threshold in any game this season.
White has played in five games for Jets in the past two seasons. However, that is enough to convince one former player to believe he is worthy. On The Richard Sherman Podcast, Sherman explained that he has seen enough from White to declare him a franchise quarterback.
“I am a production guy, Mike White is production,” Sherman stated. “Then you hear his teammates talk about him. They talk about his work ethic, how happy they are for him, and how much fun they have. That’s when you know you’ve got a special guy.”
In his five games with New York since 2021, White has now thrown for a total of 1,268 passing yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has two games with over 300 yards passing, which is more than Wilson has had in 15 fewer games played.
The Jets stuck by Wilson this year because he was the No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft, while White was a Cowboys fifth-round pick in ’18 who the Jets acquired off waivers the next year. Sherman disagrees.
” If we took everything away and swapped stories about Zach Wilson and Mike White, it would be clear that Mike White was drafted No. If you took away the stories of Zach Wilson and Mike White and just swapped them, and said this about him, then you’d be like, “hey, they made a good pick.” He said, “They’ve got a franchise guy.” “But since he was a fifth-round pick, since he’s an unheralded guy, you’re not talking about ‘Oh, he’s a franchise quarterback.'”
After one game, White is already one passing touchdown from tying Wilson’s total on the year. With the Jets looking to snap the longest playoff drought in the league, White will likely get a chance to show he should keep the job for the rest of the season.
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