NY Jets: 4 players who have exceeded expectations in 2021

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NY Jets, Mike White
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1. Mike White, QB, NY Jets

This was only ever going to be one player. Mike White doesn't need to take another snap for the Jets this season, and he will still likely land at No. 1 on this list.

White entered the year having never appeared in an NFL game before. A fifth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2018 NFL Draft, White had spent the better part of the last two years on the Jets' practice squad.

But with the team opting not to bring in a veteran backup quarterback in the offseason, White suddenly found himself locked into a battle with 2020 fourth-round pick James Morgan for the No. 2 job behind Zach Wilson.

He came away as the winner, but even still, that didn't stop the cries of criticism that the Jets were going into the year with such an inexperienced quarterback room.

Mike White had zero expectations. He was just some former practice squad quarterback who was given a chance to be a backup despite a lack of any NFL experience. The hope was that he would never see the field.

Just a couple of months later, and many don't want to see him leave the field.

White has started just two games for the Jets at the time of writing. He's played only seven or so quarters of football. But in those quarters, White has done more to ignite the Jets offense than any quarterback in recent memory.

Again, he could totally fall apart in the second half. He could never play another snap this season.

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Mike White has already exceeded his expectations more than any player on the Jets roster.