NY Jets backup quarterbacks
The NY Jets might not be done reevaluating their QB depth chart before the regular season arrives. For now, Mike White, James Morgan, and Josh Johnson are in a battle to earn the coaching staff and front office's trust.
White and Morgan have received a lot of reps this summer. Mostly with mixed results, but the two young quarterbacks will get extensive playing time in these preseason games, starting with tomorrow's game with the Giants.
The three preseason tilts for Mike White and James Morgan will serve as auditions for the backup role to Wilson. A standout performance by either quarterback could cement those roles for either player. If either player or both falter in-game action, it could send the Jets' brass back to the drawing board.
Of all the quarterbacks on the NY Jets roster, the one with the most experience but the longest odds of making the regular-season roster is Josh Johnson. The 35-year old journeyman quarterback is temporary veteran insurance for Gang Green. Johnson has experience in Mike LaFleur's system after spending time with the San Francisco 49ers last season.
It remains to be seen how much playing time Josh Johnson will get during these games. But if he plays well and, more importantly, if Mike White and James Morgan do not. There's an outside chance that Johnson could remain in the Jets quarterback room when the season starts. Because of the new rules that allow veteran players on the practice squad. It's not out of the realm of possibility that Johnson ends up there. As an in case of emergency break glass option. An option that Jets fans hope never occurs.
The truth is that Mike White and or James Morgan could also end up on the Jets practice squad. How these quarterbacks perform could determine whether or not the team goes shopping at the end of the preseason for another backup quarterback. A poor outing by these two against the Giants could expedite that process.