NY Jets: 3 moves the team could make to help Zach Wilson

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1. The NY Jets need a veteran presence at quarterback

This should have already happened. It's one thing to have a veteran quarterback in-house like practice squad player Josh Johnson in the meetings and practices working with Zach Wilson. But it's a whole other story, having a veteran presence on the sidelines during games and in the locker room.

The Jets currently have Mike White behind Zach Wilson on the active roster. And with all due respect to the former fifth-round pick out of Western Kentucky, White now has less playing experience than Wilson. That's because, White has never thrown a pass in an NFL regular-season game.

I can't for the life of me understand why general manager Joe Douglas and the coaching staff have overlooked this important aspect in the offseason and during the first five weeks of the regular season.

Are the Jets that high on the almighty Mike White?

The Jets went into the summer deciding to hand reps to their young backup duo at the time of Mike White and James Morgan, who is now with the Carolina Panthers.

The rationale to do so seemed like sound logic. But then the season rolled around and Joe Douglas decided not to pick up a Nick Mullens or trade for a Nick Foles.

It made perfect sense to keep Josh Johnson, who not only played well in the preseason but has professional experience and knowledge of the Jets' playbook from his time with the San Francisco 49ers in 2020.

But if the Jets are not bringing Josh McCown out of semi-retirement, then the logical move is to send White to the practice squad and elevate Johnson to the active roster.

Zach Wilson needs a veteran presence behind him during games. Josh Johnson provides that. With all due respect to Rob Calabrese, a former college QB, the young assistant has a similar amount of NFL experience level that Wilson and White have.