Hello Smash Fans and welcome back to this week’s installment. In today’s article, I want to talk about the impact that injuries have had on the NFL and the opportunity that it gives back ups to show their worth. To illustrate my point, let’s use a few examples.
In 2016, Tony Romo got injured before the season started and Dak Prescott was inserted as the starter. No one expected Dak to do very well, however, he did great in his starts and took the starting job from a Cowboys legend. In 2019, Teddy Bridgwater did the improbable and went 5 and 0 as the backup for Drew Brees. His performance revived his career and he received a starting job in both 2020 and 2021. In 2020, Taylor Heinicke played so well in a playoff game that he went from thinking his football dream was over to signing a contract worth over 10 million. D'Ernest Johnson went from fishing to football because he capitalized on his opportunity when it came. All of these players became well known names in the sports world because they capitalized on their opportunities, and I believe we are seeing this now with Mike White.
The most recent news that we have on Zach Wilson’s injury is that he will most likely be able to play in 2 weeks. The next 2 games the Jets have are agisted the Colts and the Bills. If Mike White plays well against these two teams, he could just maybe follow in the footsteps of the players above. Mike White is only 26 and there are multiple teams that would love to have a quarterback that played the way he played against a good Bengals defense. This is White’s opportunity, and if he capitalizes, he may start for a team next year.
We will see what happens, but I do believe that Mike White has what it takes to be a starter in this league, and I believe he will seize the moment. I think we are watching the next great comeback story in the NFL, and I can’t wait to see if I am right tomorrow.
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