Falk was waived by the Jets on Friday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports. With Sam Darnold (illness) back in action this weekend and the Jets re-signing David Fales to serve as his backup, Falk's time on the active roster has come to end. Should he clear waivers, he will likely return to the team's practice roster, which is where he started the regular season.
Falk will serve as the Jets' No. 2 quarterback in Week 6 with the team announcing Tuesday that Sam Darnold (illness) would return from a three-game absence to start Sunday against the Cowboys, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. Following a Week 4 bye, the Jets had been preparing for Darnold to return to action ahead of last weekend's loss to the Eagles, but he ultimately failed to receive full medical clearance in advance of the contest. That development resulted in Falk picking up another starting nod, though he only had the benefit of one practice worth of first-team reps ahead of the 31-6 loss. During his three outings (two starts) this season, Falk has completed a respectable 64.4 percent of his passes but only managed 5.7 yards per attempt and a 0:3 TD:INT while taking 16 sacks.
Falk exited after getting sacked late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 31-6 loss to the Eagles, Andy Vasquez of The Record reports. He completed 15 of 26 passes for 120 yards and two interceptions and lost one of two fumbles. It's unclear if Falk's late removal was precautionary, performance-related or due to injury. Falk's first interception was returned 51 yards for a touchdown and his fumble saw the ball taken right out of his hands and returned 44 yards for a TD. It's apparent that the third-stringer isn't an NFL-level quarterback. Running back Le'Veon Bell is the only Jets player even worth fantasy consideration as long as Falk remains under center, but Falk's tenure as the starter could be coming to a close with Sam Darnold (mononucleosis) aiming to return by the team's Week 6 meeting with Dallas. If neither Darnold nor Falk are able to suit up, the next man up would presumably be David Fales.
Falk will start at quarterback Sunday against the Eagles, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports. Fellow quarterback Sam Darnold (illness) had a chance to return to action in Week 5, but he was not cleared to play by the Jets' medical staff, so Falk will get another start coming out of the Jets' Week 4 bye. Falk and the Jets' offensive line will be tested by a stout Philadelphia front, but for fantasy purposes Falk's matchup could not be much better -- injuries have thinned the Eagles' cornerback ranks, and the team is giving up the most passing yards per game in the league heading into Week 5.
Falk and Sam Darnold (illness) will both receive practice reps Wednesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. Darnold is returning to practice as a limited participant, with the Jets monitoring his ability to handle increased cardio work following a three-week layoff. It sounds like Darnold is no better than a 50-50 proposition for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, so Falk has a decent chance to make his second start.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||San Francisco 49ers||15||18.00|
|6||10/18||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||15.63|
|8||11/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||14||17.89|
|9||11/10||New England Patriots||1||11.06|
|13||12/06||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|15||12/20||@Los Angeles Rams||10||17.13|
|17||01/03||@New England Patriots||1||11.06|
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