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The Jets have signed QB Joe Flacco to a 1-year deal. It's worth $1.5 million with another $3 million available through incentives. Flacco is still recovering from April neck surgery and isn't expected to be cleared until "mid-September," according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. A healthy Flacco should slide in as QB Sam Darnold's backup. Darnold has dealt with a sprained foot, mono, a toe injury and another foot injury through 2 NFL seasons.

The Jets added Baylor WR Denzel Mims in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 6’3, 207-pounder blew up the Combine, clocking a 4.38-second 40 time and registering marks in the 84th percentile or better in the vertical, broad and 3-cone. Mims finished with a 95th percentile SPARQ score. That athleticism shows up on tape. He has explosive acceleration, plus speed and excellent body control to reel in off-target throws. Mims broke out with a 61-1,087-8 line as a 19-year-old sophomore in 2017, took a step back to 55-794-8 in 2018 but rebounded to tally 66 catches, 1,020 yards and 12 TDs last year. The biggest knocks against him are inconsistent hands and a limited route tree. Mims dropped 13% of his catchable targets over the past 2 seasons. And over 46% of his targets and nearly 45% of his yardage last year came on ‘go’ and ‘hitch’ routes, according to Pro Football Focus. “He’s got vertical speed, he does have tracking skills and he understands how to use his size in the red zone,” an anonymous scout told The Athletic’s Bob McGinn. “He’s going to need a lot of work on how to run routes … He’s got inconsistent hands. He’s going to need work on how to get off press.” This is a strong value pick for the Jets, though — and a nice landing spot for Mims. He has a shot to earn a significant 2020 role alongside Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman. And Mims could emerge as QB Sam Darnold’s long-term #1 WR.

Jets QB Sam Darnold suffered a left foot injury late in the loss to the Bengals but never exited the game. Neither Darnold nor HC Adam Gase sounded concerned afterward. "He just took some shots on the last drive,” Gase said. “He kind of got torqued a little bit, but he should be all right.” We’ll keep an eye on Darnold this coming week.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (toe) returned to a full practice on Thursday after sitting out on Wednesday. The toe never sounded like a real concern. But Darnold remains tough to trust in Week 8 fantasy lineups after Monday night's 4-INT debacle.

Jets QB Sam Darnold didn't practice on Wednesday due to a toe injury. HC Adam Gase didn't sound concerned about his QB's availability for this weekend's game against the Jaguars, but it's just another reason to avoid Darnold after Monday night's debacle.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (mono) has been cleared to play, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. So he'll return for Sunday's game against the Cowboys after missing the last 3 games and 4 weeks. It's obviously a huge boost to a Jets passing game that had been forced to turn to QB Luke Falk. Darnold's return puts WRs Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder back on the fantasy radar, although we'd still try to take a wait-and-see approach with this passing game for now.

The Jets have ruled QB Sam Darnold out for Sunday's game against the Eagles. He reportedly took plenty of practice reps this week, but the swelling in his spleen has not yet decreased to the point where it's safe for him to return to contact. That means another Luke Falk start for the Jets and a tremendous fantasy matchup for the Eagles' team defense.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (mono) remained limited in Thursday's practice. "It's a tough thing because you want to stay safe," Darnold said afterward. "I want to make sure I'm safe out there and I'm not gonna die." We're not expecting Darnold to play against the Eagles this weekend, leaving Luke Falk under center again.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (mono) was officially limited in Wednesday's practice. Last we heard, he still hadn't been cleared for contact. Consider Darnold no better than 50/50 to return for this weekend's game against the Eagles.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (mono) has been cleared for non-contact drills, HC Adam Gase said Monday. "Not quite the all-clear they were hoping for," Ian Rapoport tweets. It sounds like Darnold is still iffy to be ready for this weekend's game against the Eagles. We'll continue to monitor his progress.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (mono) said Wednesday that he has "full confidence" that he'll be back for Week 5 against the Eagles. That'd be on the short end of the original timetable for his return. "I'm not going to promise anything because I don't know exactly where this mono thing is going," Darnold admitted. "But that's the goal that the doctors have set, and that's the goal that I have set the game to be back for."

Jets HC Adam Gase announced that QB Trevor Siemian needs surgery on the ankle he hurt in Monday night's loss to the Browns and will miss the rest of the season. So the Jets will turn to QB #3, Luke Falk, for as long as Sam Darnold remains out with his mono. Falk completed 20 of 25 passes for 198 yards in relief of Siemian on Monday -- but most of that came with Cleveland playing soft defense with a big lead late in the game. Falk isn't a fantasy option, and you should try to avoid the Jets passing game until Darnold returns.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Jets QB Sam Darnold (mono) is expected to be sidelined 3-7 weeks. Rapoport adds that it's "overly optimistic" to expect Darnold back immediately after New York's Week 4 bye. So it's going to be the Trevor Siemian show for a while. Darnold isn't worth stashing outside of 2-QB leagues.

Jets HC Adam Gase announced Thursday that QB Sam Darnold will miss "multiple games" with mono. So consider him out at least for Monday night's game vs. the Browns and Week 3 against the Patriots. The Jets have a Week 4 bye. That leaves QB Trevor Siemian as New York's starter. The 27-year-old completed just 59.3% of his passes with 6.8 yards per attempt in Denver across 2016 and 2017. He spent last year backing up Kirk Cousins in Minnesota. Siemian completed 78% of his passes this preseason but averaged a pathetic 4.9 yards per attempt. This is obviously a major downgrade for the Jets passing game. We'd try to avoid WRs Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder in Week 2 fantasy lineups.

 
 
 

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