NEW YORK — Joe Flacco’s health highlighted a busy cutdown day for the Jets, who trimmed their roster to the league-mandated 53 by Saturday afternoon.
Flacco passed his physical, but still is expected to miss at least the first two or three games of the season, prompting questions about how the Jets will handle their quarterback depth chart. David Fales and Mike White, who were competing for the backup job in camp, were both cut.
However, one or both of the signal callers is expected to return to the practice squad after clearing waivers Sunday. The Jets will elevate Fales or White to the active roster to be Darnold’s backup for the season opener against the Bills next weekend.
Rookie fourth-round pick James Morgan also made the 53-man roster, but it would be a stretch to expect him to be ready to play in Week 1 if Darnold got hurt. So, the Jets will likely have four quarterbacks on the 55-man gameday roster for Week 1, which is far from ideal given the team’s roster deficiencies. Flacco and perhaps Morgan would be inactive on gamedays.