Jets Sign QB David Fales To Back Up Falk

Ryan Chatelain
September 18, 2019 - 12:31 pm

The Jets on Wednesday signed a quarterback who coach Adam Gase is quite familiar with to back up Luke Falk.

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The team added David Fales, who played under Gase in Chicago and Miami, where Gase served as offensive coordinator and head coach, respectively.

Falk, the Jets' third-string quarterback, has suddenly be thrust into the starting lineup after Sam Darnold contracted mononucleosis and backup Trevor Siemian suffered a season-ending ankle injury. Gase said Tuesday that Falk will be the team's starting QB until Darnold returns, likely sometime next month. 

The Jets needed a backup for Falk who could get up to speed quickly before Sunday's game at New England, so bringing in Fales, 28, makes sense. 

David Fales
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Fales was a sixth-round draft pick by the Bears in 2014 out of San Jose State. He has seen action in just three games over six years -- one will the Bears in 2016, two with the Dolphins in 2017. For his career, he has completed 31 of 48 passes (64.6%) for 287 yards with one touchdown and one interception. 

Fales went to training camp this season with the Detroit Lions before being cut in late August. He also spent the 2016 season on the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad.

The Jets announced Wednesday they have officially placed Siemian on injured reserve.