David Fales may have the inside track to No. 2 job in Miami

A mild burst of optimism regarding a Brock Osweiler rebirth has faded to the reality that Osweiler may not be the No. 2 quarterback in Miami, after all. For now, it appears that journeyman David Fales has the edge.

Via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Fales looked like the best of three backup contenders during offseason practices open to the media. At least one player seems to agree.

His deep ball has been remarkable this offseason, between him and [receiver] Jakeem [Grant] and [tight end Mike] Gesicki, tight end MarQueis Gray said of Fales, per Jackson. They’ve been hooking up a lot.

Right now I don’t even want to go in that direction yet because I don’t have a great answer for it, Gase said. I want to see guys play in preseason games. I want to see kind of how training camp goes. That’s a lot of time there and there’s a lot of football to be played. I want those guys all competing. I’m hoping those guys all have the same mentality that they’re the guy to beat.

Regardless of what happens, Gase still doesn’t plan to bring back Jay Cutler or otherwise add a veteran. It will be Tannehill and some combination of Fales, Osweiler, and/or Petty come Week One.

After Denver opted to sign Case Keenum instead of drafting another quarterback, Lynch received new life with the Broncos. But it’s the life of a backup — again. Lynch said Thursday he’s OK with that for now.

I was really excited, actually, when we got Case for the fact he’s a veteran guy who’s been through it a little bit and had his ups and downs, Lynch said. The way he carries himself and handles himself — he’s a pro and that only benefits me and the other guys in the locker room and the other guys in the quarterback room.

We’ll have to wait and see if those benefits pay off for Lynch and the Broncos in the long run. For now, it’s Keenum’s team and a threat doesn’t exist behind him.

While Barkley says he’s counting his blessing that he won’t have to line up against Harrison, Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher is thrilled that he doesn’t have to game-plan against Barkley.

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