Joe Flacco

New York Jets
Quarterback #5
New York Jets
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Returns to Jets

Flacco has signed a one-year deal to remain with the Jets, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: Per Cimini, the 37-year-old's deal is for $3.5 million, plus incentives. Now that he's back in the fold, Flacco, who logged one spot start at QB with the Jets last season, will continue to provide the team with an experienced backup/mentor for Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Mar 16, 2022 11:44 AM EST

Solid in lone start of 2021

Flacco appeared in two games (one start) in 2021 and completed 27 of 42 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns. He added three yards on two rushing attempts and lost a fumble.

Analysis: The veteran quarterback didn't see any playing time with the Eagles but saw some action after a midseason trade to the Jets, for whom he also played in 2020. Flacco showed that he can still be effective when called upon in his brief action, and the 37-year-old quarterback's wealth of experience should make it easy for him to secure a backup job somewhere next season, though his days as an NFL starter are likely behind him.

Jan 14, 2022 10:51 AM EST

Activated by Jets

The Jets activated Flacco (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Ethan Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: Flacco was expected to miss at least 10 days as an unvaccinated player who tested positive for COVID-19, but he'll be able to return to practice Wednesday due to the league's updated health and safety policies.The 36-year-old should serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Zach Wilson in Sunday's matchup against Tampa Bay.

Dec 29, 2021 9:41 AM EST

On COVID list for at least 10 days

Flacco (illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Flacco is unvaccinated and will thus have to miss a minimum of 10 days, which means he could return just before the Jets face the Buccaneers in Week 17, but he definitely won't be available Sunday against the Jaguars. Josh Johnson's now a member of the Ravens, but the Jets still have Mike White on hand to back up Zach Wilson while Flacco's unavailable.

Dec 23, 2021 2:00 PM EST

Activated from COVID-19 list

Flacco has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday and will be eligible for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Ethan Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: Flacco missed last week's game at Houston because the Jets delayed his activation, probably due to the lack of practice reps during the week. He should operate as the backup behind Zach Wilson (knee), a move that would send Josh Johnson to either a third-string role, or right away back to the practice squad.

Nov 29, 2021 4:28 PM EST

Officially out Week 12

Flacco wasn't activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Saturday's deadline for Week 12 roster moves and won't be eligible to play Sunday against the Texans, Randy Lange of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: Flacco was placed on the list Tuesday after he was deemed to be a close contact of fellow quarterback Mike White, who tested positive for the virus. Though Flacco would have been eligible to rejoin the team at some point Saturday if he continued to test negative while in quarantine, his lack of practice reps this week likely prompted the Jets to delay his activation. Josh Johnson was elevated from the practice squad and will serve as the understudy in Sunday's game to Zach Wilson (knee), who reclaims the starting role from Flacco after missing each of the previous four contests due to injury.

Nov 28, 2021 9:03 AM EST

Could serve as backup Sunday

There's an outside chance that Flacco could be available to back up Zach Wilson in Sunday's game against the Texans, depending on his progression through COVID protocols, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: Flacco was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday after he was identified as a close contact of fellow signal-caller Mike White, who tested positive for the virus. If Flacco is unavailable this weekend, which still appears likely, Josh Johnson would be in line to serve the team's No. 2 QB behind Wilson on Sunday.

Nov 24, 2021 9:05 AM EST

Lands on COVID-19 list

Flacco (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Fellow quarterback Mike White also landed on the COVID list, apparently due to a positive test, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Flacco said last week he's not vaccinated and is out as a close contact. Rookie Zach Wilson (knee) is set to return from a four-game absence to start Sunday at Houston, with Josh Johnson on tap to be promoted from the practice squad to fill backup duties.

Nov 23, 2021 2:23 PM EST

Just shy of 300 yards in spot start

Flacco completed 24 of 39 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Dolphins. He added three yards on two rushing attempts and lost a fumble.

Analysis: Flacco found Jamison Crowder for a two-yard touchdown on 4th-and-goal to tie the score at seven apiece in the first quarter, but the veteran quarterback fumbled on a 2nd-and-goal play on the following drive, forfeiting a golden opportunity to take the lead. In the third quarter, Flacco threw another game-tying touchdown, this time hitting Elijah Moore for a 62-yarder. Unfortunately for the Jets, Flacco didn't have another answer in him once Miami retook the lead in the fourth. Flacco filled in capably, but the rebuilding Jets are expecting to get rookie starter Zach Wilson (knee) back in Week 12 against the Texans.

Nov 21, 2021 2:03 PM EST

On track for Week 11 start

The Jets are planning to have Flacco start at quarterback in Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: After failing to see any action as a backup for the Eagles before being acquired by the Jets on Oct. 25, Flacco made his season debut in garbage time of a 45-17 loss to the Bills last weekend. While he was sharp across six snaps -- he completed all three of his pass attempts for 47 yards and a touchdown -- his ascension to the starting role has more to do with Zack Wilson's (knee) iffy health and Mike White's struggles in leading the offense against Buffalo. According to Cimini, the Jets aren't confident that Wilson is 100 percent healthy, and the team is reluctant to reinsert the No. 2 overall pick back in the lineup until he proves he's completely recovered from a PCL sprain of his right knee. With that in mind, White could slot in as the top backup this week for Flacco, who profiles as a low-end fantasy option even in leagues with a superflex spot.

Nov 17, 2021 7:18 AM EST

Sharp in limited relief work

Flacco entered on New York's final drive of Sunday's 45-17 loss to the Bills and completed all three of his passes for 47 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Mike White was picked off four times and failed to throw a touchdown before the team threw Flacco in there and got immediate results out of the veteran, highlighted by a 15-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Moore. Flacco's strong performance, albeit in limited action, has him in contention to start in Week 11 against the Dolphins, depending on the health of Zach Wilson (knee) and how the Jets evaluate White's poor performance in his third NFL start.

Nov 14, 2021 4:30 PM EST

Dressing as backup Sunday

Flacco will serve as the Jets' backup quarterback behind starter Mike White in Sunday's game against the Bills, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: He'll be suiting up for the first time since the Jets acquired him in a trade from the Eagles on Oct. 25. Flacco has seemingly gotten sufficient time to get up to speed with his new team's playbook, but he's more likely to fall to third on the depth chart than moving into a starting role at any point this season. Zach Wilson (knee) will remain inactive for Sunday's game, but the rookie should be available to either start next week against the Dolphins or serve as White's top backup.

Nov 14, 2021 9:11 AM EST

Inactive versus Colts

Flacco is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Colts.

Analysis: With Flacco inactive Thursday, Josh Johnson is in line to be Mike White's backup in Week 9, while Zach Wilson remains sidelined with a knee injury.

Nov 4, 2021 4:02 PM EST

Practices with new team

Flacco practiced Friday for the first time since being acquired from the Eagles on Monday, Rich Cimini of reports. He's still expected to be a healthy scratch Sunday against the Bengals.

Analysis: Flacco had been dealing with a personal matter in the immediate aftermath of being traded, but he reported to the facility Friday, as expected. With such little time to get to know his teammates and learn the playbook, Flacco will sit out in Week 8, but he could make his Jets debut as soon as Thursday's Week 9 clash against the Colts. Whether he does so will likely depend on how quickly Flacco picks up the playbook, as well as how Mike White fares in his first NFL start against the Bengals.

Oct 29, 2021 12:35 PM EST

Looking to leapfrog White

Flacco -- who will be inactive Sunday against the Bengals -- believes he'll take over as New York's starting quarterback in the coming weeks while Zach Wilson recovers from a knee injury, Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media reports. "I see myself playing here at some point in the next couple weeks," Flacco said.

Analysis: Acquired from the Eagles for a sixth-round pick earlier in the week, Flacco will sit while Mike White gets the start against the Bengals on Sunday and Josh Johnson works as the backup. New York's coaching staff hasn't made a commitment at quarterback beyond that game, but Flacco believes he'll be the starter under center once he gets up to speed on the team's offense. There's no question the 36-year-old former Super Bowl champion is the more accomplished quarterback compared to White, whose first regular-season pass came in Week 7 against the Patriots after he replaced Wilson, who's projected to miss 2-4 weeks.

Oct 29, 2021 11:26 AM EST

Won't start this week

Flacco (personal reasons) is participating in meetings virtually, but won't practice with the Jets until Friday, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: As a result, the veteran QB, who the team traded for earlier this week, is not an option to start Sunday's game against the Bengals in place of Zach Wilson (knee). Mike White is thus in line for his first NFL regular-season start, while either Flacco or Josh Johnson will serve as the Jets' backup this weekend. With Wilson in line to miss time beyond Week 8, Flacco is a candidate to move into a starting role down the road, but as for when that might happen, coach Robert Saleh noted Wednesday "we'll see how it goes," Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Oct 27, 2021 9:49 AM EST

Headed to Jets

The Eagles are slated to trade Flacco to the Jets in exchange for a conditional draft pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Per Schefter, the pick will be a conditional sixth-rounder that could become a fifth-round choice, depending on Flacco's playing time. The Jets are making the move with rookie starter Zach Wilson in line to miss time with a PCL injury, and while Flacco isn't stepping into an ideal team context, he's an upgrade over current backup Mike White and is thus work a look for those scrambling for depth in two-QB formats.

Oct 25, 2021 3:11 PM EST

Could still be No. 2 QB?

The Eagles plan to keep Flacco even after trading for Gardner Minshew on Saturday, John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Minshew will start off as the No. 3 quarterback in Philadelphia, though most would say he's better than Flacco at this point in their respective careers. The Eagles plan to roster three quarterbacks this year, with the third being Week 1 starter Jalen Hurts.

Aug 28, 2021 8:50 AM EST

Finds new home in Philly

The Eagles and Flacco agreed to a contract Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: After an 11-year stint with the Ravens, Flacco continues his journeyman status backing up a young quarterback. In his past two stints with the Broncos and Jets, he combined to complete 61.9 percent of his passes for 2,686 yards, 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 13 games (12 starts). Flacco will serve as the primary backup to second-year signal-caller Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia.

Mar 23, 2021 3:19 PM EST

Six TDs in four starts overall

Flacco finishes the 2020 season with 864 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions.

Analysis: Flacco compiled those numbers over five appearances (four starts) while going winless for a Jets team that finished 2-14. He'll likely land a role as a veteran backup somewhere next season on a contract similar to the one-year pact he signed with New York in 2020.

Jan 3, 2021 6:38 PM EST

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