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Jets Announce New Starting Quarterback After Benching Zach Wilson

New York Jets helmet

New York Jets helmet

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson will ride the pine Sunday against the Chicago Bears, and we now know who will start in his stead. 

Head coach Robert Salah confirmed Wednesday that Mike White will draw the start at QB, with veteran Joe Flacco backing him up. Reaching a new low, the second-year quarterback Wilson will be a healthy scratch. 

A product of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, the 27-year-old White drew his first NFL action last season. Appearing in four games, White's defining moment came in a 34-31 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Passing for more than 400 yards with three touchdowns, White instilled hope that he may fulfill promise from earlier in his career. White was otherwise unremarkable in his three other starts, however, which led to his relegation back to the bench. 

If White makes a lasting impression as a competent NFL quarterback, this is his opportunity. Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2018 to ostensibly back up Dak Prescott, he never wound up making an appearance with the team. 

He was unceremoniously cut in August 2019, not even being given a chance to hang around on the practice squad. With a professional showing against Justin Fields and the Bears, White may earn an opportunity to remain in the league in a reserve capacity.