Despite having zero career starts, the former sixth-round pick is entering his seventh year as an NFLer. He has previously worked with Adam Gase and Jets OC Dowell Loggains with two other franchises — the Bears and Dolphins — and will reprise his role as one of Sam Darnold‘s backups.
Following Trevor Siemian‘s season-ending injury, the Jets added Fales last September. Siemian played out his one-year deal and is a free agent. The Jets also turned to Luke Falk over Fales to replace Darnold last season but waived the struggling passer and kept the latter on board as Darnold’s QB2 when he returned from his mono bout. Darnold, Fales and former Cowboys UDFA Mike White are the three quarterbacks tethered to the Jets presently.
Fales, 29, played under Gase during the 2015 season — when Gase was the Bears’ OC — and in 2017-18 with the Dolphins. His knowledge of the second-year Jets coach’s system figures to be critical in an offseason that likely will not feature any on-field work until at least training camp.
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