Joe Flacco will start at quarterback for the New York Jets against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, a source told ESPN’s Rich Cimini on Wednesday.
Mike White threw four interceptions in last week’s 45-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Rookie Zach Wilson, meanwhile, has yet to return from a second-degree PCL sprain.
Flacco, who completed all three of his passing attempts and had a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the loss to the Bills, was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 25. His experience is likely a factor in the decision with the Jets to face Miami’s blitz-heavy defense.
Flacco started in a 24-0 loss to the Dolphins in 2020 while with the Jets.
Wilson ran sprints and threw a lot of passes during the pregame warm-ups prior to the Bills game, but coach Robert Saleh has been noncommittal as to when the No. 2 overall pick would return.
After throwing for 405 yards against the Bengals in his first start, White suffered a fluke injury in the first quarter vs. the Colts before his ineffective outing against the Bills. In four games this season, White has thrown for 953 yards with 5 touchdowns and 8 interceptions with a 51.5 QBR.
Flacco served as Sam Darnold’s primary backup in New York last season, starting four games when Darnold went down with a shoulder injury. The Jets lost all four, as Flacco struggled in three of the four.
The Jets did not re-sign the free agent following the 2020 season.