THE New York Jets quarterback drama opened another chapter when journeyman Chris Streveler replaced Zach Wilson.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh used Streveler in the third quarter of Thursday night’s 19-3 loss.
Wilson’s only notable game against the Jaguars came when he threw an interception just seconds before half – after rushing for just 66 yards in the first two periods.
Late in the third round, the 2021 runner-up overall failed to move the line of scrimmage back out of Jets territory, and Streveler took command of the New York offense.
The 27-year-old quarterback had been lifted from the training team hours before the duel.
And he had previously thrown a pass in just two NFL games.
Still, Streveler led the Jets on their longest drive Thursday when he took the field.
The 6-foot-1 signal caller played for the remainder of the matchup despite former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco sitting on the bench in his tackle — a significant development in the South Dakota grad’s career.
Streveler excelled in FCS and finished second in the Walter Payton Award, once presented to Tony Romo, Jimmy Garoppolo and Cooper Kupp.
But he was not named during the 2018 NFL Draft and ended up in the CFL with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The Illinois native, known as the Rushing Threat, played a significant role for himself despite veteran Matt Nichols serving as the starting QB.
An injury caused his absence in the only regular-season game he missed with the Bombers in two years.
Between 2018 and 2019, Streveler completed 242 of his 374 passes for 2,698 yards and 19 touchdowns in the CFL — and amassed 1,167 rushing yards on 204 carries.
During the 2019 postseason, he set a playoff record, making 23 snaps at quarterback without attempting a pass.
That same year, he played a significant role in Winnipeg’s 33-12 Gray Cup win to capture the CFL title.
He threw only three passes for 39 yards, but one of them converted into the Bombers’ only touchdown of the game.
Streveler caught the interest of some NFL teams in 2020 and eventually signed with the Arizona Cardinals.
He managed to get some action as Kyler Murray went down with injuries over the next two seasons, recording 17 completions on 25 attempts for 141 yards and registering one touchdown and one interception.
After the Cardinals waived Streveler in November 2021, he had stints in Baltimore and Miami before landing on the Jets this year.
He put in a stellar performance in the 2022 preseason, finishing with 277 passing yards, five touchdowns and a 120.9 passer rating.
The Jets finished in a 3-0 record, thanks in large part to Streveler orchestrating two impressive comebacks off the bench, prompting Saleh to call the QB for “probably one of the greatest preseasons in football history.” praise.
But he still ended up on the New York practice team, and it took Mike White, who was suffering from a concussion and ongoing quarterback misery from Wilson and Flacco, for the CFL star to get another chance in the NFL.
Streveler held his ground, going 10-for-15 for 90 passing yards and leading the team with 54 yards in rushing yards on Thursday.
But the Jets are in turmoil and will end December without a win, so there may be a chance for the former CFL star to squeeze in some more time on the field in the coming weeks.
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