Jets bring in Joe Flacco as potential back up to Sam Darnold

  • Jets bring in Joe Flacco as potential back up to Sam Darnold

Jets bring in Joe Flacco as potential back up to Sam Darnold

Flacco, who had neck surgery last month and is expected to be out until September 1 will compete for the backup job behind Sam Darnold.

The Ravens traded the 35-year-old Flacco to the Denver Broncos last offseason, but he only made eight starts before suffering a season-ending neck injury that required surgery in April.

Schefter reports Flacco is expected to be cleared from that surgery by September and ready to go when the 2020 National Football League season starts. Douglas was a key member of the Ravens' personnel department who fought for Flacco during a draft process that eventually led to Baltimore taking Flacco with the 18th-overall pick, per NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah. He started Denver's first eight games a year ago before suffering a season-ending neck injury.

Flacco joins a quarterbacks room with starter Sam Darnold and backups David Fales, Mike White and rookie James Morgan.

But the need for a veteran backup for Darnold was magnified last season when the quarterback missed three games with mononucleosis. Third-stringer Luke Falk started the next two games, but was ineffective.

Flacco has thrown for 40,067 yards with 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions in 11 seasons. F lacco said he initially had neck issues a few weeks before the game against the Colts. It's unclear if Flacco will be healthy in time for New York's season opener this fall.