NY Jets: 4 players whose stock is falling after first preseason game

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NY Jets, James Morgan
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2. James Morgan, QB, NY Jets

While the headlines were always going to be about the two series of football that Zach Wilson played on Saturday, the real competition at the quarterback position came after Wilson left the game.

That's when the duo of Mike White and James Morgan took center stage with each player vying to convince the Jets that they are worthy of the backup quarterback job.

When the dust settled, it seemed clear who the better option was. And it wasn't the player the team spent a fourth-round pick on just a year ago.

White finished 13-of-19 for 127 yards and helped orchestrate the only Jets touchdown drive of the game capped off by a four-yard La'Mical Perine rushing score.

While he didn't light up the stat sheet, White looked like a competent NFL backup who made a few plays with the backups. The same can't be said for Morgan.

The former FIU standout finished 5-of-9 for 45 yards and failed to do much of anything with his playing time. The Jets struggled to move the ball on offense with Morgan under center and it wasn't just because of who he was playing with.

The team still has time to add another veteran quarterback to the room, but if they roll with their in-house options, White is the likely choice.

Morgan will need to show a lot more over the next couple of weeks if he is to win the backup job.