Miami Dolphins QB David Fales Scouting Report
Author – Bryan Trulen
#9 David Fales 6’1 1⁄2 215 4th Year, San Jose State Overview
David Fales was signed by the team in April of 2017. A bit of a backdrop on Mr. Fales - He was a sixth round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2014 who was handpicked by then Bears coach Marc Trestman to be the team’s developmental quarterback. Trestman was then fired after Fales’ rookie year and Adam Gase was then brought in by the new staff to be the offensive coordinator in 2015. Fales has almost zero regular season game experience on his resume but it seems he was brought to Miami for a reason as he did spend 2015 with Gase in Chicago. Out of high school, Fales originally signed with Nevada, transferred to a Junior College for a year because Colin Kaepernick was the starter and ultimately found his way to San Jose State where he started for two years and was considered one of the best quarterbacks in all of college football.
Rhythm, touch and eye manipulation are staples of Fales game as a thrower. From a pure physical perspective he is just average. Average arm, average mobility, average size etc. Fales does seem to have a way with the football and throws a very good deep ball. He invariably throws a catchable football away from defenders and keeps his targets safe when he throws into tight windows. During extended Pre-Season action in 2014 Fales made a couple of big time on the move throws where he effortlessly connected with precision to his targets with defenders
breathing down his neck. He for the most part is mechanically sound as a passer and could be classified a natural thrower.
As a processor of information he lags behind a bit. Fales at times has frozen up when forced to move to secondary options post snap and due to his lack of ideal size has trouble manipulating the pocket with regularity.
Fales is going to have to perform well this August in order to beat out Brandon Doughty for a spot on the 53 man roster. This is going to be a battle to watch as Doughty was also hand picked by the organization as a late round pick from a year ago. Fales has one year of practice squad eligibility left but at this point it should be considered a toss up on which one of these quarterbacks the Dolphins carry this year.
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