Would you have bet on Mike White?
Drafted in the fifth round in 2018 by Dallas, White is in his fourth season in the NFL, yet until Week Seven of this season, when he replaced injured Zach Wilson, he had never thrown a pass in a regular season game. In Week Eight, he would start for the first time, against a red-hot Cincinnati team that had the best record in the AFC.
I mean, look at his transaction history:
Here's what his 2020 season with New York looked like:
September 5, 2020: waived by the Jets and signed to the practice squad the next day
Promoted to the active roster on September 12
Waived on October 1, 2020, re-signed to the practice squad four days later
Elevated to the active roster on October 10 and October 17 for the team's weeks 5 and 6 games; reverted to the practice squad after each game
Promoted to the active roster on November 9
Waived again on November 10; re-signed to the practice squad again the next day
Promoted to the active roster again on November 21
Waived again on November 23 and re-signed to the practice squad again the next day
Signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets on January 4, 2021
Against Cincy, all he did was go 37 of 45 for 405 Yards, with 3 TDs (and 2 INTs), and he scored a 2-point conversion on a handoff-reverse-option pass, as New York pulled off a huge upset.
Few believed in Mike White's viability as a starter, as is evidenced by his brief history in the league. One person took a chance on White against Cincy, and it paid off pretty big:
After everything he's been through, I wouldn't have blamed Mike White if he had some serious doubts about continuing in the league. I guess he bet on himself, and, for at least one Sunday in October, he got to live the dream.
Thursday, October 4th
New York J at Indianapolis
I'm sure that Cincinnati was surprised by how well White, and New York, played against them. I expect that Indy won't take New York as lightly as Cincy probably did. Indy still has the running game, and the solid defense, and they're probably feeling some extra motivation after the news of Tennessee's Derrick Henry being lost for a significant amount of time due to injury. If New York does play well, it could be a sign that new Head Coach Robert Saleh is starting to reach the team after a rough start to the season.