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Jets’ Luke Falk was doomed no matter what

PHILADELPHIA — In the depressing hush of the loser’s locker room after the Jets’ miserable 31-6 loss to the Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, Le’Veon Bell was asked how he thought Luke Falk played.

“Luke … he played to his ability,’’ the Jets running back said of the team’s third-string quarterback who was starting for the second consecutive game. “He did what he could. He was under a lot of pressure. Luke, I’m sure there’s a couple throws he would like to take back, but he was under a lot of pressure.’’

Bell was doing his best to be as nice as he could, but the truth is that Falk wasn’t very good, though he didn’t have a lot of help around him.

Falk finished 15 of 26 for 120 yards and turned the ball over three times — two via interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and one via a strip-sack fumble, which also was returned for a touchdown.

So, to review: Falk provided 14 points for the Eagles and six points for the Jets, on a nifty 19-yard reverse by newcomer receiver Vyncint Smith.

He threw for 120 gross yards, which was 2 more yards than the 118 return yards the Eagles had on the three Falk turnovers.

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Based on the line of questioning after the game by some, there was knee-jerk-reaction criticism of Adam Gase for not giving Falk enough starter reps in practice during the week.

Gase and the Jets brass felt very good about the fact Sam Darnold would pass his lab test and be ready to start Sunday, so he took all the starter reps Wednesday and Thursday before failing the labs Thursday night.

That left Falk playing Sunday having taken only the few reps in the Friday practice.

Those who actually think Falk getting more reps Wednesday and Thursday would have changed the outcome of Sunday’s game probably believe the Jets will transform into a Super Bowl contender as soon as Darnold returns.

“I’m not going to make any excuses,’’ Falk said. “I’ve got to go out there and perform better than I did. I was getting mental reps all week and I’ve got to do the best with what I got. Control the controllable. I felt like we had a few things early on, and if we just converted on a few things it’s a different ballgame.

“But, I’ve been saying that for the last three weeks now. We’ve got to go out and actually do it now. I’ve got to do a better job of getting the ball out, being on the same page as the receivers. We’ve just got to clean some things up. This will be a good learning week for us, but we’ve got to come together as a team and we’ve got to string a few [wins] together now.

“We’ve got to come together. It’s not going to come from anybody outside the building. There’s going to be a bunch of talk out there. We’ve got to mold together and find out what this team is made of, find out who we are.’’

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