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Joe Flacco to start for Jets against Dolphins

Joe Flacco in a hoodie

The New York Jets will be starting their third different quarterback of the season on Sunday. This time, it’s Joe Flacco getting the call.

Flacco will start against the Miami Dolphins, ESPN’s Rich Cimini reports. Rookie Zach Wilson is still not 100 percent recovered from his knee injury, and the Jets feel Flacco will handle Miami’s blitzing defense better than Mike White.

Flacco played a handful of snaps in last week’s blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills after White had the wind knocked out of him. It’s possible White would have been benched for performance anyway, as he threw a whopping four interceptions. Fans were quick to turn on White after crowning him the week before.

Flacco started four games for the Jets last year. He’ll face a tough task against a Dolphins team that is riding high following a big upset win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Jets fans turn on Mike White after brutal performance

Mike White taking the field

Mike White’s tenure as New York Jets quarterback might turn out to be a brief one after all. The team’s fans are increasingly aware of it as well.

White struggled in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, throwing four interceptions in a blowout. While it’s true that the Bills have an elite defense, White looked especially vulnerable and inept during Sunday’s loss.

How bad did things get? Jets fans could be heard chanting for backup Joe Flacco during the second half.

That marks a pretty remarkable turnaround from where White was two weeks ago. At that point, some were embracing him as a possible alternative to Zach Wilson, the No. 2 pick in the draft. That looks much less likely now.

Wilson had a fairly mature response to White getting the start this week. He wasn’t rooting against his fellow quarterback, but it’s safe to say he knows how fast things can change in the NFL.

Photo: New York Jets quarterback Mike White (5) runs onto the field for warmups before his first NFL start against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in East Rutherford.
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Joe Flacco traded back to Jets amid Zach Wilson injury

Joe Flacco in a hoodie

The New York Jets are bringing in all the stops as they look to continue competing for the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2022.

The Jets on Monday night acquired Joe Flacco in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. They need the extra quarterback now that Zach Wilson is out with a knee injury.

The Jets are even giving Philly a conditional pick for Flacco.

There is a belief that Flacco should be able to pick up the Jets’ offense quickly based on his history.

The trade marks a welcome back for Flacco, who started four games at quarterback last season for the Jets, going 0-4.

Flacco passed for 864 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions over five games last season. Though he probably won’t help the Jets win games, Flacco is more competent than Mike White.

The Jets began the season with the worst quarterback depth chart in the league and are paying the price.

Flacco’s departure from Philly moves Gardner Minshew up to second string behind Jalen Hurts.

Joe Flacco signs with Eagles as Jalen Hurts’ backup

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco is returning home.

Flacco on Tuesday signed a 1-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. Flacco is from Audubon, New Jersey, which is slightly east of Philadelphia.

Flacco is receiving $3.5 million in guarantees and can make up to $4 million more in incentives.

The 36-year-old has bounced around since his departure from the Baltimore Ravens. He spent the 2019 season with Denver and last season with the Jets. Now he is moving to the Eagles to back up Jalen Hurts.

Hurts is a running threat, while Flacco is just a pocket passer. That seems to make his signing somewhat of an odd schematic fit. Flacco passed for 864 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions in five games last season. He is not much of a threat at quarterback.

Report: Joe Flacco and Eagles have mutual interest

Joe Flacco

The Philadelphia Eagles are in the hunt for a veteran quarterback to challenge Jalen Hurts, and one has clearly emerged on their radar.

According to Tim McManus of ESPN, the Eagles have brought Joe Flacco in for a meeting. No offer is on the table yet, but there is “mutual interest” between the team and player.

Flacco spent 2020 with the New York Jets, where he was brought in as Sam Darnold’s backup. He ended up getting four starts for the team, throwing for 864 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions. He turned 36 in January, and hasn’t been a full-time starter since 2017.

It’s been reported that the Eagles want to legitimately push Hurts to win the starting quarterback job. There’s a strong perception that Hurts ends up getting the job no matter what, however, which could mean a veteran who wants a legitimate shot at starting may shy away from the Eagles. It may leave Flacco as their best option.

Joe Flacco, Jamison Crowder connect for most improbable catch of season

Jamison Crowder catch

Joe Flacco and Jamison Crowder connected for a big touchdown before halftime on “Monday Night Football,” and it turns out the catch was the most improbable of the season, according to one stat.

The New York Jets were leading the New England Patriots 13-10 and had a 1st-and-10 play from the 20 with 29 seconds left in the second quarter. Flacco threw to the left sideline in the end zone for Crowder. The play was initially ruled an incompletion, but it was overturned upon review. Crowder was able to tap his toe in bounds to make the touchdown count.

That touchdown helped the winless Jets go up 20-10 before halftime.

According to NextGen Stats, the pass had a 6.2 percent completion probability, which is the lowest for any completion this season. It was also the most improbable touchdown since 2017.

The catch looked every bit as difficult and unlikely as the stats made it out to be. What makes it even more surprising is that Crowder made the play while battling through a groin injury that almost kept him out of the game.

Joe Flacco to sign one-year deal with Jets

Joe Flacco

After a year in Denver, Joe Flacco is headed back to the east coast.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Flacco will sign a one-year deal with the New York Jets, where he will serve as backup quarterback to Sam Darnold.

Flacco is coming off a year that saw him go 2-6 in eight starts with the Denver Broncos. A neck injury prematurely ended his season and forced him to have offseason surgery.

The 35-year-old is certainly past his prime, throwing a modest six touchdowns to five interceptions with Denver last year. As long as Darnold stays healthy and productive, Flacco won’t see much of the field for the Jets, but he’s a solid veteran backup at this point.

Joe Flacco reportedly underwent surgery for neck injury

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco was placed on injured reserve by the Denver Broncos back in November, and the ailment he was dealing with at the time was apparently serious enough that it required a surgical procedure.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Flacco, who was released by the Broncos with a failed physical designation in March, underwent a procedure to repair a disk last month. The 35-year-old is expected to be fully recovered at some point around the start of the 2020 season.

Flacco played poorly prior to being placed on IR by the Broncos, throwing for just 1,822 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games. Denver’s offense looked completely inept with him under center, and Flacco openly ripped the team’s coaching staff after one loss.

Given that he underwent a neck procedure and did not play well last season, Flacco will be looking at a backup job if he’s able to find a team to sign him. There is still at least one far superior quarterback option on the free agent market, though Flacco would be a solid veteran backup if healthy.

Joe Flacco cut by Broncos with failed physical designation

Joe Flacco

The Denver Broncos appear to be moving forward with Drew Lock as their starting quarterback, as they have officially parted ways with Joe Flacco.

The Broncos have informed Flacco that they will waive him with a failed physical designation, according to multiple reports. The move was expected after Denver recently signed Jeff Driskel to presumably serve as the backup behind Lock in 2020.

Flacco was set to earn more than $20 million next season, so there was no way the Broncos were going to keep him on their roster. The Super Bowl XLVII champion will likely now have to look for a backup job somewhere.

Flacco, 35, was placed on injured reserve at the start of November with a neck injury. He played poorly before that, throwing for just 1,822 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games. The Broncos’ offense looked completely inept with Flacco under center, though the veteran openly ripped the team’s coaching staff after one loss.

The Broncos drafted Lock with the No. 42 overall pick last year, so they obviously believe he can be their quarterback going forward. John Elway has not had luck drafting QBs since he took over Denver’s football operations department. He’s hoping Lock will finally reverse that trend.

Joe Flacco placed on injured reserve with neck injury

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco may have played his last snap for the Denver Broncos.

Flacco suffered a herniated disk in his neck during last week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, and reports indicated he would be out anywhere from four to six weeks. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Broncos are ending Flacco’s season by placing him on injured reserve.

The outcome is not a surprise, as the Broncos are not in playoff contention and there are only eight games remaining in the regular season. They would obviously rather use a roster spot elsewhere and start developing their young quarterbacks rather than have Flacco return to play a few meaningless games at the end of the year.

While Flacco is signed through 2021, it would not be a surprise if the Broncos move on from him this offseason. He publicly bashed the team’s coaching staff following last week’s loss, and the offense has not looked good with him at the helm. Acquiring him looks like it will go down as the latest flub in a series of QB moves John Elway has made since Peyton Manning retired.