Fales signed a contact with the Lions on Monday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Fales spent 2018 in Miami as the No. 3 quarterback and did not attempt a pass all season. The 28-year-old will compete with Tom Savage for the backup job behind Matthew Stafford.
Fales is a healthy inactive for Sunday's season opener against the Titans, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. Fales was beaten out by Brock Osweiler for the backup job behind Ryan Tannehill. It looked like Fales was outplaying Osweiler through most of training camp and preseason, but the Dolphins appear to be more comfortable having a backup with significant starting experience.
Head coach Adam Gase recently indicated that the competition for the No. 2 quarterback job between Fales and Brock Osweiler is "day-to-day," Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. Fales has been slightly more impressive this preseason, but it's clear the Dolphins have yet to make a decision over who will serve as Ryan Tannehill's backup in advance of Week 1.
Fales completed five of 10 passes for 63 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Dolphins' 27-10 preseason loss to the Ravens on Saturday. Although Fales' final line was nothing remarkable, it still beat that of Brock Osweiler's, his competition for the No. 2 job behind Ryan Tannehill. Osweiler completed five of seven passes, but at just 3.3 yards per attempt, he netted a paltry 23 passing yards. He also took three sacks, adding to his overall ineffectiveness. Fales consistently outperformed Osweiler in camp and in the preseason opener versus the Buccaneers as well, seemingly giving him the leg up heading into next Thursday's preseason finale against the Falcons.
Fales has been steadier under center than Brock Osweiler during training camp and coach Adam Gase noted that he's shown enough improvement to warrant the No. 2 quarterback job, the Miami Herald reports. Fales has appeared in just three career NFL games and attempted a total of 48 passes, but he's apparently developed his game under center to the point of potentially earning a permanent backup gig for 2018. He will still need to prove himself worthy of the job during preseason action, but he's off to a good start.
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|4||09/29||Kansas City Chiefs||23||21.67|
|6||10/15||@Green Bay Packers||22||21.25|
|8||10/27||New York Giants||13||18.75|
|15||12/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||30||23.13|
|17||12/29||Green Bay Packers||22||21.25|
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