In an occasional feature, we're going to briefly highlight any of the lesser-known players that make an unexpected impact during the season. Today, we focus on Luke Falk.
What he did:
For at least the next game, Falk is the Jets' starting quarterback. Sam Darnold has said he hopes to return in week five, but medical opinion seems to be that this might not be possible.
Falk marked his NFL debut on Monday night by completing 20 of 25 passes for 198 yards. He had been a sixth round pick for the Tennessee Titans in 2018 but failed to make their roster. He spent time with Adam Gase's Dolphins last year, but didn't get an opportunity to play and was waived in May, following Gase's departure.
The Jets claimed Falk off waivers and he performed well with the third unit in preseason, leap-frogging Davis Webb to become the number three quarterback and earning a spot on the practice squad. He was elevated to the active roster on Monday with Darnold ruled out.
Falk was 2nd in the NFL in completion percentage and eighth in quarterback rating during the preseason campaign.
This might just prove to be a one-game audition for Falk, but he certainly has a chance to establish himself as a potential backup and emergency starter option with a competent performance (or series of performances should it come to that).
Wish Falk's replacement at Washington State, Gardner Minshew II, already making waves as a rookie, it's not out of the question that Falk could also prove he belongs at this level, even though the Jets' franchise quarterback job is unlikely to be available any time soon.
Falk was banged up in his senior year and saw his stock fall, but prior to that had been viewed by some experts as a potential top-five pick with NFL starter potential. It will be interesting to see how he meets the challenge ahead of him on Sunday.
More on Falk:
Here's the in-depth scouting report on Falk.