FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh are in agreement about the Jets’ quarterback situation.
Douglas, the Jets general manager, echoed what Saleh said about currently the most talked about potential controversy in New York sports. Mike White is the Jets quarterback this week and they will address the future of the position when Zach Wilson returns from a knee injury.
"I’m in lockstep with the coach," Douglas said Tuesday evening.
Saleh left the door open that White, who threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s victory over the Bengals, could remain the Jets quarterback even when Wilson is healthy.
White will get his second start Thursday against the Colts. The Jets could keep White as the starter if he plays well and moves the offense in Indianapolis. The earliest Wilson can return from his sprained PCL is for the following Sunday’s game versus the Bills.
"I’m going to piggyback on everything coach said and we’re going to cross that bridge when we get to it," Douglas said. "Our sole focus is the Indianapolis Colts."
Douglas used the No. 2 pick on Wilson, who struggled more than he succeeded in his first six NFL starts. Wilson only threw four touchdown passes and was picked off nine times.
But Douglas has been encouraged by Wilson’s "playmaking ability." Douglas liked the progress that Wilson showed before injuring his knee in a 41-point loss to the Patriots two Sundays ago, and is confident the young quarterback will keep rising.
"I feel like he was on his way to really taking off in that New England game prior to the injury," Douglas said. "He’s a tough-minded young man. He has great work ethic. I think you’re going to continue to see him just shoot up. His arrow is pointing straight up. He’s going to continue to get better every day once he gets back on the field."
Douglas also was very happy for White that he had the kind of performance on Sunday because of "all the work that he puts in in the shadows."
Overall, the Jets are 2-5 and not where they hoped they would be after an offseason of turnover. They brought in a new coaching staff and are relying on a mix of veterans and very young players. The Jets lead the NFL in snaps by rookies, which Douglas acknowledged is "a lot for a first-year staff."
Douglas addressed several other topics, including Marcus Maye’s future as a Jet, which is very much up in the air.
The Jets didn’t trade Maye before Tuesday’s deadline. But he’s on his franchise tag, and Douglas wasn’t as definitive as he was in the past about wanting to lock up Maye long term.
"Marcus is a valued member of this team," Douglas said. "Love having him here. He’s a fantastic young player. He’s under his franchise tag. We can’t renegotiate a deal with him until the end of the season. We got 10 games left to evaluate him and every other member of this team."
Douglas wouldn’t address how Maye’s legal troubles impact his future with the team. Maye was arrested for DUI in Florida in February and charged with three misdemeanors. The case is still pending.
Despite Maye not informing the organization until news came out last month, Douglas showed him support. He said they spoke about it and "put it to bed." Maye still faces league suspension.
"While you don’t condone the action, you support the man," Douglas said. "We know Marcus is a fantastic young man. We support him as a person. It was a mistake. I support Marcus."
Denzel Mims was another player other teams showed interest in, but the Jets held on to the second-year receiver. Mims has been inactive twice this season and only targeted nine times in the five games he’s played. But Douglas said Mims has shown "growth" since training camp and through his hard work, "he’s earned the right to get more playing time."