Jets signing backup QB David Fales
Jets are signing David Fales to be their backup quarterback, per source. He has played in Adam Gase’s system in Miami.
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) September 18, 2019
Fales was the backup quarterback for the Miami Dolphins for two seasons when Adam Gase was the head coach. The Jets need Fales to get up to speed quickly because they need him to be active this weekend, so it makes sense they would sign someone who already has an idea about the system.
The Jets have had to scramble the last week with the quarterback position. Sam Darnold is out indefinitely with mono which meant it was time for Trevor Siemian to be the starter.
But Siemian didn’t last long getting knocked out for the season on a hit from Myles Garrett which was flagged for a late hit. An MRI revealed that he suffered torn ligaments in his left ankle and the recovery will be extensive.
It’s now Falk who will be the starting quarterback with Fales backing him up on Sunday, unless somehow Darnold can be cleared to play, but that seems like a real longshot at this point.
Fales last appeared in an NFL game in 2017 with the Dolphins. During his career, he has gone 31-for-48 throwing for 287 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The Jets are already in a lot of trouble until Darnold comes back but if Falk is knocked out and Fales has to go in, especially just getting into the playbook on Wednesday, the Jets may just want to wave the white flag.