Luke Falk

AFC East Notes: Gronk, Patriots, Jets

Three-time Super Bowl Champ and new FOX Sports Analyst Rob Gronkowski has left open the possibility of a return at some point, while Robert Kraft also seemed to welcome a potential return while speaking on FOX this past Thursday. However, the timing could be tough for any return this season, relays Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Per NFL contract rules, Gronkowski would have to apply for reinstatement by December 7th, before the Patriots’ week 14 matchup against the Chiefs, to be eligible to play at all in the 2019 regular season or postseason. He is currently on the league’s reserve /retired list, and there are specific regulations that apply to his situation, since he was placed on that roster designation prior to the start of training camp.

According to a league source, La Canfora goes on to state that a player on the reserve/retired list who requested reinstatement prior to the trade deadline, which is October 29th of this season, would have to be granted that opportunity. If a player on the reserve/retired list requested reinstatement after the deadline but up until the last business day prior to the club’s 13th game, the team would have the option of accepting or declining the request. Certainly, the Patriots would welcome back Gronkowski with open arms if he elected to return at any point this season.

Here’s more from the Patriots and AFC East:

  • Despite the Antonio Brown issues, the return of both 2019 first-round pick wide receiver N’Keal Harry and 2018 first-round pick tackle Isaiah Wynn from injured reserve may might turn out to be the most important “acquisitions” of all, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Harry, who injured his leg in the preseason and was placed on IR on September 2nd, is eligible to begin practicing this week. If the Patriots “start the clock” on him, Harry would be eligible to play for the first time November 3rd against the Ravens. Wynn was placed on IR with a foot/toe injury on September 17th, so he’s not eligible to begin practicing until October 26th and couldn’t play until after their bye week November 17th against the Eagles. He’s the team’s best left tackle, and it isn’t very close. On Friday, he was seen attending regular meetings with his fellow linemen.
  • Despite much maligned Jets quarterback Luke Falk being waived this week, he gets paid for the week based on the timing, and according to Jason Fitzgerald of the Sporting News, he would not be stunned if he is back on the practice squad or active roster next week. Fitzgerald speculates that the Jets did not want Falk active this week in the event Sam Darnold was unable to play, due to negative fan reception. The Jets opted to bring back David Fales to back up Darnold today against the Cowboys.

Jets Waive QB Luke Falk

Luke Falk‘s tenure with the Jets has come to an end. The team waived the quarterback this morning. Taking his spot on the roster is linebacker Brandon Copeland, who had been suspended for the first four games of the season.

With both Sam Darnold and Trevor Siemian out of the lineup, the Jets were forced to turn to the 24-year-old Falk, who had previously been sitting on the organization’s practice squad. He ended up getting into three games for New York, completing 64.4-percent of his passes for 416 yards, three interceptions, and zero scores. The Jets were outscored 20-61 in his two starts.

With Darnold set to return tomorrow vs. the Cowboys, Falk’s days as a starter were clearly over. However, the Jets won’t even keep him around as a backup, instead turning to David Fales. Falk, a 2018 sixth-round pick out of Washington State, will now be looking to join his fourth team in less than two seasons. There’s always a chance he could land back on the Jets practice squad.

Copeland joined the Jets last season and ended up having a career year, compiling 35 tackles and five sacks in 16 games (10 starts). In August, he was slapped with a four-game ban for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 9/16/19

Here are today’s minor transactions:

Green Bay Packers

Kansas City Chiefs

New York Jets

Jets’ Sam Darnold Won’t Play Vs. Browns

When the Jets take on the Browns on Monday night, they’ll be without starting quarterback Sam Darnold. Darnold will be held out as he recovers from mononucleosis, head coach Adam Gase announced. 

Darnold was held out of Wednesday’s practice this week with an undisclosed and previously undiagnosed illness. The illness was a bit more serious than first thought and, according to Gase, Darnold has lost a significant amount of weight as a result. It’s possible that Darnold will miss additional time, but the team should have a better read on his condition next week.

Without Darnold, the Jets will turn to Trevor Siemian as their Week 2 starter. To back him up, the club has promoted QB Luke Falk from the practice squad.

Siemian, 27, fared reasonably well as the 2016 Broncos’ starter, leading the team to a 9-7 record and throwing 18 touchdown passes against ten interceptions. In 2017, he rated as one of the NFL’s worst quarterbacks, prompting the Broncos to change course. The Jets inked him to a one-year deal this offseason to serve as Darnold’s safety net and he’ll be thrust into action as the club looks to reach .500.

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Sunday NFL Transactions: AFC East

Listed below are the Sunday roster moves for the four AFC East teams. Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline yesterday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters, claiming players off waivers or signing guys who clear waivers. Those transactions for the Bills, Dolphins, Jets and Patriots are noted below.

Additionally, teams can begin constructing their 10-man practice squads today. You can check out our glossary entry on practice squads to brush up on those changes, as well as all the other guidelines that govern the 10-man units, whose players practice with the team but aren’t eligible to suit up on Sundays.

Here are Sunday’s AFC East transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day.

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

New York Jets 

* = International Pathway Program player

Jets Reach 53-Man Max

The Jets did more than just cut a 2019 third-round pick on Saturday, making nearly 40 moves to reach the Week 1 roster limit. Here’s the complete rundown of cut players:

Another spot was freed up when the Jets placed corner Austin Bless on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Extra Points: Elliott, Jets, Titans, Suh, Texans

Let’s check out some notes from around the NFL as we wrap up the weekend:

  • Could the Cowboys be preparing for a future without Ezekiel Elliott? Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk thinks that could be the case, as the writer believes the team could be taking “the DeMarco Murray approach” of running their star back into the ground before moving on. Florio cites a recent quote from COO Stephen Jones, who compared fourth-round running back Tony Pollard to Saints star Alvin Kamara.
  • Sam Darnold and Trevor Siemian are slotted in atop the Jets quarterbacks depth chart, but there will be some competition behind the duo. As ESPN’s Rich Cimini writes, the organization is likely to only carry four quarterbacks to training camp, meaning one of Luke Falk, Davis Webb, or Brandon Silvers will likely be without a job. Cimini notes that head coach Adam Gase likes Falk’s potential, explaining why the Jets claimed him off waivers earlier this week.
  • Would the Titans consider bringing in veteran defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh? Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com says he has not “heard a lot of internal buzz about this.” Suh did visit with the Titans last offseason before he landed with the Rams, and Wyatt notes that the veteran enjoyed his visit with Tennessee. Plus, Suh has a relationship with Titans defensive-line coach Terrell Williams and lineman Cameron Wake, so perhaps a deal isn’t all that unrealistic.
  • Safety Jahleel Addae‘s one-year deal with the Texans is worth $1.105MM, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). The deal includes an $805K base salary, $150K signing bonus, and up to an $150K roster bonus. Addae, 29, was released by the Chargers just prior to the start of free agency after spending six years with the club.

Minor NFL Transactions: 5/2/19

Here are today’s minor moves, which feature several recognizable signal-callers:

Arizona Cardinals

Chicago Bears

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Los Angeles Rams

New York Giants

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Waived: S Delvon Randall (signed as UDFA with partially-guaranteed contract on May 1)

Minor NFL Transactions: 5/1/19

Today’s minor moves:

Cleveland Browns

  • Waived: G David Bright

Jacksonville Jaguars

Los Angeles Rams

Miami Dolphins

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Signed: S P.J. Locke (undrafted college free agent)

Seattle Seahawks

  • Waived: OL Marcus Henry