Another ex-Coug Impresses in NFL Debut
2019 has been a good year for former Mike Leach Air Raid generals. The series of events that have allowed these 6th-round picks see the field has been spooky. In Week 1, it was the injury to Nick Foles that brought Gardner Minshew to the forefront of NFL meme hysteria.
It took a little longer for the PAC-12's all-time leading passer to see meaningful playing time. Luke Falk didn't get much attention in the 2018 NFL draft. He was selected at the same spot as his idol, Tom Brady, at pick 199. Falk will have a chance to go head-to-head with his hero next week in Foxborough. Luke is on his third team in two seasons after being waived by the Titans and god-awful Dolphins.
Heading into Monday Night Football against a talented Cleveland team, Falk was moved from the practice squad to back-up QB behind Trevor Siemian. With Sam Darnold out with mono, the Jets had to shore up the quarterback position.
New York was stagnant. In the first quarter, they netted ONE yard on offense. In the second quarter, Siemian had a nasty foot injury at the hands of Myles Garrett. I try not to be excited about injuries, but I knew that this meant Falk was coming into the game. Luke Falk, who had been promoted from the practice squad eight hours earlier, immediately changed the offense for New York. He wasn't able to produce a comeback, but he, like Minshew before him, looked very sharp. The ex-Coug was 80% passing on Monday Night Football, going 20/25 for 198 yards and a 99.7 QB rating. With Sam Darnold expected to miss a month with mono, this is the time for Luke Falk to put some good film together for any QB-needy teams that may have an interest in his services. Unless Falk is the next Tom Brady, Sam Darnold is the Jets quarterback when he's let out of quarantine. But who says Falk can't have some fun with it? For Luke Falk, it has to be very cool to potentially make his first NFL start against his childhood hero next week. Two WSU quarterbacks haven't started a game in the same NFL season since Drew Bledsoe and Ryan Leaf in 2001.