Who is Chris Streveler? The Jets Practise Quarterback Who Replaced Zach Wilson

Zach Wilson being benched isn’t breaking news any longer, given how he’s played this year. But it was a bit of a surprise who the New York Jets’ replacement quarterback was.

Before Thursday night’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Jets activated Chris Streveler, giving them three players at the position (Wilson and Joe Flacco, who was listed as the backup).

Wilson’s problems peaked in the third quarter as New York’s hopes of making the postseason faded with each dropback, and boos resounded around MetLife Stadium. With his club trailing 16-3, Jets head coach Robert Saleh decided to give former Canadian Football League champion Streveler a chance.

Although Streveler’s choice did not instantly improve the Jets’ situation, it did at least advance the team’s progress before a turnover on downs and, more crucially, gave the home audience, which had endured the wind and rain, something to cheer about.

After the Jaguars’ subsequent series ended in a tie, Streveler returned to the field. Final stats for Wilson were 9 for 18 for 92 yards and one interception. He received three dismissals.

Despite the Jets’ inability to score when he was at the helm, Streveler came close to copying Wilson’s passing pattern in a minor over a quarter of the game. He completed 10 of 15 passes for 90 yards, out-performing Wilson (41.9) with an 82.6 QB rating.

The final score was 19-3 for the Jaguars.

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Who is Chris Streveler?

Streveler, from Illinois, started his collegiate career with Minnesota, where he played for three seasons.

The 6-foot-1, 217-pound signal-caller spent his final two seasons in South Dakota after transferring there, and he was not selected in the 2018 draught. He joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and played in the C.F.L. for two seasons, winning the Grey Cup in 2019 with Winnipeg.

Who is Chris Streveler
Who is Chris Streveler

After that, Streveler signed with the Arizona Cardinals, and on September 13, 2020, he made his N.F.L. debut. The Cardinals released him in November 2021, and he finished the season on the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens.

The Miami Dolphins signed him in February of this year, and he was released three months later.

Joins the New York Jets is Chris Streveler

At the start of training camp, Streveler signed with the Jets and performed well in the preseason.

In three games, he completed 277 passes for 277 yards, a 72.7 completion rate, five touchdowns, and a 120.9 passer rating. He also threw two game-winning touchdown passes.

He was released by the Jets before the regular season began, although he later joined the practice squad.

What Jets coach Robert Saleh said after the game

Saleh cited a desire to “spark the run game” as his reasoning for inserting Streveler into the game. Streveler rushed for a team-high 54 yards on nine carries Thursday night.

“One thing led to another, he gave us a spark and we just wanted to keep it is going,” Saleh said. “It was meant to be a change-up initially.”

Saleh said he feels that Wilson “has gotten better” since his return, “but obviously, we got to go show it on the football field. But, again, that’s a collective thing. It starts with coaching. Either way, it wasn’t close to good enough today.”

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Zach Wilson’s post-game remarks

“Right now, the feeling is I just got to put my head down and try to get better for these guys,” Wilson said after the game. “That’s my message to them out there. I’m trying to give them everything I got. I’m trying to lay it out there for you guys and it’s not good enough. I got to put them in a better position.”

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Final Lines

Illinois native Streveler played three seasons at Minnesota. The 6-foot-1, 217-pound quarterback transferred to South Dakota and wasn’t drafted in 2018. He joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and won the 2019 Grey Cup.

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