Jets cut QB Luke Falk as Sam Darnold returns

Blake SchusterYahoo Sports Contributor

A brief and disappointing Luke Falk era in New York has reached its inevitable end.

The Jets (0-4) cut their starting quarterback of the last two weeks on Saturday as they prepare for Sam Darnold to rejoin the offense after missing the last month with mononucleosis.

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Falk completed just 64 percent of his passes (47-of-73) for 416 yards, three interceptions and no touchdowns. Granted, the Jets were on the road against New England and Philadelphia for his two starts, but the offense under first-year head coach Adam Gase has been abysmal all season.

The Jets have scored 39 total points on the year with only two offensive touchdowns.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29: Sam Darnold's imminent return led to the Jets cutting Luke Falk. (Getty)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29: Sam Darnold's imminent return led to the Jets cutting Luke Falk. (Getty)

Darnold should help on that end, though it’s certainly a low bar to clear.

Additionally, New York made the return of Brandon Copeland official after the linebacker completed a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Things could start getting a bit more manageable with the roster closing in on full strength. After facing the Cowboys and Patriots in their next two games, the Jets get a seven-week stretch of games against mostly sub-.500 teams — including the Dolphins, Bengals, Giants and Raiders.

This is Gase’s opportunity to prove he’s capable of turning things around and for Darnold to show he’s maturing as a pro quarterback.

Of course, the Jets’ offensive line needs to prove it can keep Darnold alive first.

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