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NY Jets: Robert Saleh leaves door open regarding Mike White's future

By Kristen Wong
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After leading the NY Jets to a thrilling upset win against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8, quarterback Mike White may be staying in the team's starting lineup.

Or not. His future on the team remains unclear, and head coach Robert Saleh is only stirring the pot with his post-game comments about the backup quarterback.

"Anything is possible." It doesn't get vaguer than that.

On Sunday, White finished 37-of-45 for 405 yards and recorded three touchdowns against two interceptions. It was a star-making performance for the former Dallas Cowboys draft pick.

The talk of the league this week will be the Jets' completely improbable victory in what turned out to be one of the biggest trap games of the year.

NY Jets head coach Robert Saleh speaks about Mike White's "long-term" future

Huge performances by C.J. Mosley, Michael Carter, and a staunch Jets' red zone defense helped New York eke by with a win. White surpassed all expectations and spearheaded the Jets' offensive attack, playing a game that few thought he had in him.

White had one particularly dominant drive late in the second quarter, completing 4-of-4 passes for 47 yards which ended in a touchdown by Braxton Berrios to keep New York in the game.

White will continue filling in for Zach Wilson for the foreseeable future, but as Saleh touched upon, White could have a bigger role if he continues performing this well.

One big game doesn't define the 26-year-old's career, and he'll still have to prove himself week in and week out.

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As it stands, No. 1 pick Zach Wilson should solidly remain the Jets' quarterback of the future, and Saleh's comments may be more driven by pure post-game adrenaline than rationalism.

White played well in Week 8. But don't run away with any wild ideas.

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