New York Jets QB Mike White applying what he learned from Dak Prescott – New York Jets blog

November 14, 2021


FLORHAM PARK, NJ – A look at what’s happening around the New York Jets:

1. Lessons from Big D: Before landing on the Jets’ doorstep in 2019, Mike White spent a year with the Dallas Cowboys. He never played, but listened and watched a lot. One of the players he studied was his teammate, quarterback Dak Prescott, whose leadership style impressed White.

“I thought, off the field, what Dak does so well is the relationships that he has with every person in that locker room and in that building,” said White, a 2018 Cowboys drafted (fifth round). “This is how he operates. That is what I noticed first hand when I got to Dallas.

“Whether it’s Zeke (Ezekiel Elliott) or the starting receivers or the backup corner of the practice squad, he has a relationship with everyone. I try to emulate that.”

Is working.

White is hugely popular in the Jets locker room. Whenever he walks into the room, even on a mundane day of practice, the players chant, “Mike White! Mike White!” The admiration, even of players and coaches in defense, is evident when he is spoken of in interviews. They respect his track record, how he was cut by the Cowboys and worked his way up from the practice squad and the Jets scouting team.

White has energized the entire building, and I predict he will remain in the lineup for at least one other game no matter what happens Sunday against the Buffalo Bills (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

2. Did you know? White, making his third start, has a total QBR of 60.4. The only Jets quarterback in the past 15 seasons to have a 60.0 QBR (minimum: 100 plays) was Ryan Fitzpatrick, who posted a 62.0 in 2015.

3. Promising rookie class: Quarterback Zach Wilson is on the bench (for now), but the rest of his fellow rookies are posting serious playing time, an encouraging sign for the future. In fact, the Jets’ 13-player rookie class has totaled 2,780 plays, easily the most in the NFL at the midpoint.

A few notes on draft picks not named Wilson:

Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker (533 snapshots) is already considered the best offensive lineman on the team. He has had some setbacks, mainly in post-attack adjustments, but has impressed with his explosiveness and knee flexion. Coaches love his attitude; wants to be cool. Coach Robert Saleh said he thanks general manager Joe Douglas all the time for switching to get AVT, who hasn’t missed an offensive play.

Wide receiver Elijah Moore (265) has turned the corner from the point of view of health; the quadriceps injury that kept him out of the preseason was partly responsible for his slow start. Now he’s humming, displaying a tantalizing mix of speed, good hands and football instincts. His running skills after catching are obvious. Not so obvious – it’s a better vertical threat than some expected. The Jets believe he has WR1 potential.

Runner Michael Carter (280) has been the most consistent player on offense. Yes really. He’s ultra-competitive, which has made him love for veteran players. He’s quick, with a lower-body strength reminiscent of former Jacksonville Jaguars star Maurice Jones-Drew.

Linebacker Jamien Sherwood (207), offseason with a torn Achilles tendon, had to learn a new position after playing safety in college. No wonder he was overwhelmed inside. The offseason will be important to him. In addition to rehabilitating your injury, you need to add weight and strength. Your floor is solid back / special equipment. Nickelback Michael Carter II (463) has struggled in some man-to-man situations, but has exceeded expectations. It’s tough, fast, and instinctive.

Cornerback Jason Pinnock (36) has done some practice reps in security, which is interesting. They need safe bodies, considering all injuries. It has some intriguing measurables, but it’s a project. Like Sherwood, Hamsah Nasirildeen (134) is a conversion from safety to linebacker, so it’s a work in progress. His play on special teams has impressed the coaches.

Cornerback Brandin Echols (412) is tough and competitive, with good speed, but the game gets too big for him at times. He’s a limit starter, so the next nine games will be important for evaluation purposes. At worst, it’s solid backup and special equipment. Defensive tackle Jonathan Marshall (8) has more power and speed than expected, but is still adjusting to the one-hole scheme. Project as a backup in 2022.

4. Unlikely pairing: Sunday is a battle of two quarterbacks from the Class of 2018.

Josh Allen, the seventh pick in the draft, has a six-year, $ 258 million contract.

White, who was selected 171st overall, is making $ 850,000 on a one-year contract.

Based on his average of $ 43 million a year, Allen earns nearly three times more in a week ($ 2.4 million) than White earns in a year.

5. Homers: If Saleh wants to change the culture, he has to start at home, literally.

The Jets are 2-1 at MetLife Stadium, with a chance to build home advantage. They have six home games left, including three against teams with losing records. The best teams consistently win on their own turf and the Jets haven’t in a while. Since 2011, his home record is 39-44 (25th).

Of course, a winning season does not guarantee future success. In 2019, coach Adam Gase was proud to finish 5-3 at home, and then it all fell apart.

6. Impact of the Titanic: Remember that destruction of seven sacks against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4? It seems like it was a long time ago, right? The Jets’ four forwards haven’t come close to doubling that day, and the popular reason for players is that teams adjusted to them, meaning they didn’t hold the ball that long.

It sounds perfectly reasonable, except it’s not that simple.

In that game, the Titans averaged 2.61 seconds in time before pass (TBP), according to ESPN Stats & Information. Since then, the Jets’ opponents have averaged 2.73 seconds, so they’re actually holding the ball. more extensive. Part of the reason could be because crimes have used more maximum protection schemes.

Comparatively speaking, the Jets don’t have much time to get to the quarterback, as the overall TBP (2.71) ranks 11th fastest in the league. Increasingly, that Tennessee game seems like a bigger outlier than it did at the time.

7. Too many cooks? The Jets have a 1-to-1 ratio in the quarterback room: four quarterbacks, four quarterback coaches. That’s not something you see every day in the NFL. Offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur said 14-year veteran Joe Flacco told him, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

The recent addition of offensive assistant John Beck, also known as Wilson’s personal quarterback coach, brought the number to four. He joined LaFleur, senior offensive assistant Matt Cavanaugh and quarterback coach Rob Calabrese as coaches directly involved with signal callers. Calabrese has the title, but Cavanaugh does the most practical work.

8. Thanks for the help: Former Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Geno Smith have helped their former team’s draft position by losing games, a combined 5-7 as starters. Remember, they acquired the 2o22 second-round pick from the Carolina Panthers (Darnold trade) and the 2022 first round pick from the Seattle Seahawks (Jamal Adams trade). As of now, the Jets would have four top 46 picks.

9. Money for nothing: Between the “dead” money (players who are no longer on the team) and players on injured reserve, the Jets have $ 68 million (about a third of their maximum limit) committed to players who cannot help them win the game. Sunday. Oh!

10. The last word: “I have told you countless times that I have 100 percent confidence in myself. If you ask me, he should have been the first overall pick, but that’s neither here nor there. That was four years ago “. – White on being an off-the-radar prospect after college


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