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The Jets have questions at the quarterback position. 1:45

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Mike White, a quarterback with only two career victories as a starter, who began the season as a third-stringer, is expected to return from injury this week.

The Jets have a 10.2% chance of making the playoffs and they have lost four straight. They have an affinity for White, the popular underachiever who galvanized teammates and won their respect by playing hurt and trying to convince doctors to let him play.

C.J. Mosley is the team leader. When he's on the field, there's a spark.

White is an upgrade over Wilson, but he is walking into a difficult situation, starting Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. It's Fox. He has never won a start on the road and Lumen Field is a difficult venue for visitors. The running game has stopped as he takes over an offense that has lost its way.

It wouldn't make sense to think that White's return will make things better.

It's not like we've been good in all areas, so I don't think you can fall into that trap.

Jets quarterback Mike White returns to the starting job after missing the past two games with fractured ribs. Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

The Jets have been bad in many areas. The rushing attack was described as "put ridiculous" by the coach.

The running backs have only gained 49 yards on 27 attempts in the past two games. It's mind-blowing that they haven't broken anything more than 6 yards. Chris Streveler ran for 54 yards in last week's game.

The offensive line has worn down a lot, particularly the left tackle, Laken Tomlinson, center, and right guard. Over the past two games, they all rank in the bottom five in run- block win rate. Brown and Tomlinson are both ranked 67th and 65th out of 67 qualified tackles.

White's presence could change that. It's doubtful. The offensive line might be able to find a second wind against the rush defense.

Pass protection is something he can improve on. White plays with a keen sense of anticipation and processes quickly, unlike Wilson, who holds the ball too long. His average release time is less than that of Wilson, which is 3.13 seconds.

CategoryMike WhiteZach Wilson
Points per game21.718.6
Total yards per game420.3285.8
Yards per play5.85.0
Passing yards per game302.3178.3
Points per drive1.81.5
Sack rate4.3%7.7%
Stats from games started by each QB.
Source: ESPN Stats & Informatiom

White needs to keep his distance for his own well-being. He fractured at least two ribs against the Bills, but was originally thought to be out for three to four weeks. He will probably wear extra padding, but the safest way to protect himself is to avoid helmet blows to the midsection. He has shown his strength.

He's going to do everything he can to get it done. You just look forward to seeing what he's going to do when you have a player like that who plays with that mentality.

White makes sure to distribute the ball to everyone. It keeps defenses honest. The contrast is striking.

White has a wide receiver that averages over six catches per game. The receiver has an average of 3.4 and 48 yards.

Moore averages 3.3 and 43. It is 1.3 and 11 with Wilson.

The Jets had two of their most prolific offensive games with White at quarterback. The Jets were fourth in total yards during his three-game run.

The offense was efficient.

Yards may be good for a quarterback's statistics, but they don't really matter if they result in points. The Jets struggled in the red zone in White's three starts and averaged only 21.7 points per game.

The Jets are willing to live with average because they think their defense can overcome that. They would have lost if they had reached 21 in the previous three games.

The bar is not very high for White. It's beyond his reach in other ways. White's perseverance can inspire the Jets.

He's someone who wasn't handed everything, according to Saleh.

White was given the chance to save the season.