Zach Wilson of the New York Jets was concerned about bouncing back, not regaining his starting quarterback job.

November 11, 2021

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, whose job security is being threatened by the appearance of fan favorite Mike White, said Thursday that he’s focused on his health, not his condition. player.

“I can’t even worry about it,” said Wilson, who will miss his third straight game with a sprained right knee.

The second overall pick of 2021 returned to practice on Wednesday, but acknowledged that his knee “is definitely not 100%.” During his absence, the unknown White has sparked the offense, fueling a possible quarterback controversy.

Wilson, speaking to reporters for the first time since his injury three weeks ago, said he’s not worried about the sudden uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position.

“No, definitely not, and the reason is that I have only played five games,” he said. “I just got here. I’m supposed to be in my last year of college right now. You have to understand that it’s going to be difficult. I’m not making excuses, but that’s where growth comes from.”

“I definitely didn’t come here thinking that this would be the best thing ever and that we are going to go undefeated. I knew it was going to be difficult and that’s part of the process. That’s what makes soccer so fun. My time is up. to come.”

Wilson will be inactive Sunday against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium.

Coach Robert Saleh left it open and declined to say that Wilson will return to the lineup when he is healthy. The rookie was struggling before getting hurt, and the Jets’ plan is to travel with White as long as he continues to produce.

“For a guy who hasn’t played much, I think his brain is pretty seasoned in this league,” offensive coordinator Mike LaFLeur said of White.

Echoing Wilson and Saleh, White said he is focusing his work “week by week.” In five quarters, he has passed for 500 yards and four touchdowns. He played just a quarter last week against the Indianapolis Colts due to a right forearm injury, which has healed.

“My way of thinking is that every time I go out on the field, I want to show, whether it’s this team or the other 31 teams, I want to show them what I’m capable of and let the rest of it handle itself,” White said. who won the No. 2 spot in training camp.

White has galvanized the offense with his leadership and patient approach, his willingness to checkdowns rather than force the ball downfield. Wilson said he’s learning from White.

“I’d say my playing style needs to be more like that,” Wilson said, adding that he made that adjustment during his college career at BYU.

Wilson said White is his closest friend on the team and they haven’t had to discuss a potentially awkward situation.

“We both understand that this is part of the soccer business,” Wilson said. “I want to play, he wants to play. That’s how it is. What’s the use of head butting when we can help each other? I think we can both benefit from the situation.”

White seems to have won over his teammates. Every time he walks into the locker room, the players start saying “Mike White!” to sing. Fans chanted the same thing in the Jets’ last home game on October 31, a surprise win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

“The guys just keep yelling, ‘Mike White!'” He said. “I told them, ‘It has to end sometime, guys.’

White said he looks forward to hearing it Sunday, “because that means the offense is doing something good.”