Dolphins’ David Fales hangs around, could make run at No. 2 QB in 2018

David Fales could make a play for the No. 2 job in 2018. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—This could have been a very short stay with the Dolphins for quarterback David Fales. Instead, it’s been an extended tryout for the backup quarterback job.

Fales spent the preseason with Miami, then was brought back Oct. 24 after Jay Cutler went down with fractured ribs. It was possible at that time he would be with the team merely for a matter of days because when Cutler was healthy enough to play, the Dolphins could go back to him and Matt Moore.

But coach Adam Gase saw the risk of carrying on with two older quarterbacks, both of whom have missed multiple games this season, and Fales hung around.

“I didn’t know how long it’d be; I’m week-to-week,” he said. “That’s how I’ve been every year. I still don’t really think much about it. It feels good to still be here, though.”

That’s been the story of Fales’ football life.

He originally signed with University of Nevada, then transferred once Colin Kaepernick established himself as the starter there. After a brief stay at Monterey Peninsula College, he resurfaced at San Jose State.

As a pro, he landed with the Bears as a sixth-round pick in 2014 and was on and off their roster over that season and the next one (Gase was his offensive coordinator in 2015). He signed with the Ravens as a practice squad player in early 2016, then went back to the Bears late in the year and ended up making his NFL debut in the season finale.

He’s been the No. 2 quarterback three times now (at Baltimore, at New England, Denver) and will be again Monday night against the Patriots. Matt Moore is out with a foot injury for the second consecutive game.

The only one of those games Fales played was against the Broncos, when Gase sent him in for Cutler with 4:45 left and the Dolphins up 35-9. He was on the field for three plays, and the only pass attempt was a deep throw to DeVante Parker on third-and-one that went incomplete.

“Yeah, any game situation like that is easier than even the preseason,” he said. “You’re just handing the ball off. You’re just managing things, making sure everyone lines up and making sure we don’t do anything stupid and give the ball up.”

The interesting thing about Fales isn’t what he did in that game. It’s what he’s shown in practice. He was impressive enough between 2015 with Chicago and this summer with the Dolphins that Gase called him in over Brandon Doughty, who was Miami’s seventh-round pick in 2016 and has been in the organization without interruption since.

The real question now is whether Gase likes him enough to move on from Moore, who turns 34 before next season starts and make Fales the backup to Ryan Tannehill next season. Fales is 27, cheaper and 2018 would be his third year in Gase’s offense. Moore, who has made $3.6 million over the past two seasons, is an unrestricted free agent in the spring.

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