The New York Jets brought in a new backup quarterback, for the time being, signing former Adam Gase disciple David Fales.
The New York Jets have added another quarterback to their proceedings, welcoming in David Fales. New York placed original backup Trevor Siemian on injured reserve in a corresponding move.
We have signed QB David Fales and placed QB Trevor Siemian on IR.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 18, 2019
Fales will be the backup quarterback to Luke Falk as the latter prepares to make his first NFL start on Sunday in New England (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS). The necessity for outside throwing help has arisen in the wake of the loss of Sam Darnold (illness). Siemian, signed during the offseason, started Monday’s home game against Cleveland, but an ankle injury ended his season.
A San Jose State alum, Fales entered the league as a sixth-round pick (183rd overall) of the Chicago Bears in 2014. His New York arrival will provide a reunion with head coach Adam Gase. Fales worked alongside Gase while the latter served in the same position in Miami.
Fales has thrown 48 passes in his NFL career, a majority of which came in the Dolphins’ 2017 season finale against Buffalo. Taking over for Jay Cutler, Fales went 29-for-42 for 265 yards in a 22-16 loss. He also threw one touchdown and one interception.
More recently, Fales spent the 2019 preseason with the Detroit Lions. He threw for 310 yards and a touchdown and interception each over a trio of exhibitions.
The Jets (0-2) are looking to bide their time with Falk and Fales until Darnold makes his return. According to ESNY’s own Robby Sabo, Darnold was confident he could be back in time for the Jets’ October 6 visit to Philadelphia.
— Robby Sabo (@RobbySabo) September 18, 2019