The Jets were forced to go to their third-string quarterback in Luke Falk during Monday night's 23-3 loss to the Browns after Trevor Siemian left with what was revealed to be season-ending ligament damage in his ankle.
So, with Siemian out and Sam Darnold still fighting mono, head coach Adam Gase has no choice but to go with Falk into Foxborough to face the 2-0 Patriots on their home turf.
But make no mistake the Jets are definitely looking to add another signal caller before that game.
"Luke will be the starter until Sam gets back and once we decide kinda what direction we're gonna go, that's when we'll know who we're actually going to try to sign," Gase told reporters during his confgerence call on Tuesday. "So we're in that process now, the personnel guys are working on it."
Gase added that GM Joe Douglas and his team came to him to throw a few names out, but as Douglas said he was going to do since he took over for Mike Maccagnan, he is combing through the waiver wire and any other avenues to find a new quarterback.
One that knows Gase's offense well would obviously be ideal, and there happens to be Brock Osweiler -- who played under Gase with the Dolphins last season -- on the market. Gase wouldn't mention any names they might be considering, but he should be on that list.
Once the Jets add a new quarterback, the question will then become whether or not Falk can be trusted until Darnold returns. There's no definitive timetable for the sophomore quarterback, and Falk was on the practice squad before all these bad breaks found the Jets. A player like Osweiler, for example, has more experience than Falk and would likely give the team a better chance at the position.
Of course, Falk can always head into this Pats matchup and prove his worth to Gase by putting up good numbers in his first career start. Either way, the Jets want someone who can lead the offense and give the team a chance until Darnold is ready to go.