Like Mike White, Josh Johnson proves ‘boring’ QB play is what Zach Wilson must learn

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Zach Wilson’s assignment during these last two weeks has been simple. As he continues to recover from his knee injury, all the Jets have asked him to do is watch and learn.

And what he’s learned has been a painful lesson: It seems everybody can run the Jets offense but him.

It’s not that simple, of course, though it certainly has seemed that way over the last two games. In back-to-back weeks now, Wilson has watched as Mike White and Josh Johnson become stars as they kicked the Jets’ anemic offense into a gear it didn’t seem like it had. They’ve scored 64 points now in the last two games — one less than Wilson had in his last four starts combined.

One game could have been just a fluke, but there was nothing flukey about what happened on Thursday night. White looked good again, right up until he hurt his forearm late in the first quarter.

And then journeyman Johnson, in his first extended action since 2018, came in and looked even better. He completed 27 of 41 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns with just one interception on his last pass of the game. And he led an impressive second-half comeback, even though it ended in a 45-30 loss.

White and Johnson combined to complete 34 of 42 passes for 412 yards, four touchdowns and one interception against the Colts. In the last two games they’ve combined to complete 73 of 101 passes for 834 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions.

That’s almost as many total passing yards and almost twice as many touchdown passes as Wilson had in his six starts before he hurt his knee.

That may seem alarming, but Wilson is so young and so early in his NFL career, it’s probably not completely unexpected. And at least he’s had a front-row seat as White and Johnson have put on an absolute clinic on how this new Jets offense is supposed to be run.

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