Mike White misses the last shot to put the Jets on notice
A strong tight end could have given Mike White a chance to become the Jets’ starting quarterback next season.
Instead, five broken ribs have left him with more uncertainty, in addition to his plan to drink more milk.
The Whites will sit out the season finale on Sunday In Miami, a rib injury suffered last month robbed him of his last shot at making his case for 2023 as he heads into free agency.
“It’s tough, but that’s life,” White said Friday. “It won’t be the first time and it won’t be the last. But I’m really proud of what I’ve put into film and what I’ve been able to do with my choice. Not much would change. I tried to give it a try and what happened happened.’
The Jets could be in the market to add a veteran quarterback this offseason, with Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo among the players potentially available. But the 27-year-old White, who started four games this season and three last year, said he believes he has shown enough to earn a shot at the starting job next season.
“I have a lot of confidence in myself and I see myself as a starter in this league,” White said. “Now whether that happens or not, we’ll wait and see. That’s not up to me. But I’m proud of what I put into the film and I thought I did a lot of good things. Was I perfect by any means? No.”
White replaced wrestler Zach Wilson in Week 12 and immediately propelled the offense to 315 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Bears.. He threw for 369 yards the following week against the Vikings, but the Jets went 1-6 in the red zone and lost.
Then he was crushed against the White Bills and suffered broken ribs — which weren’t discovered until later, including a rib that doctors thought was an old injury — when he came back in the fourth quarter of that game trying to lead the Jets. a comeback
After missing two games, White returned last weekend against the Seahawks, but aggravated a rib injury as the Jets’ playoff hopes were officially extinguished.
Now, White must rest to heal his broken ribs, but he will do so entering unrestricted free agency with his Jets future up in the air.
“I love it here,” he said. “I love the guys, I love the staff, I love the offense. Shoot, my kids basically grew up and grew up in Florham Park. So I really like it here. What happens now happens. But I know I enjoy it here and I like playing in this locker room with these guys and I’d love to come back.”
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