Jeff Driskel

Houston Texans
Quarterback #3
Houston Texans
Quarterback #3

Jeff Driskel News

Won't play at Chicago

Houston won't elevate Driskel from its practice squad for Week 3, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: It was previously reported by ProFootballNetwork.com's Aaron Wilson that the Texans were expected to elevate Driskel from their practice squad for Sunday's game at the Bears, but they'll instead roll with just starter Davis Mills and backup Kyle Allen. Driskel is eligible to be elevated from the practice squad one more time this season before he would need to be signed to the team's active roster in order to play.

Sep 24, 2022 2:20 PM EST


Will be active Sunday

Houston elevated Driskel from its practice squad Friday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Analysis: It will be the third consecutive week Driskel is active for the Texans and the last time he's eligible to be elevated from the practice squad before he would have to be added to the team's active roster in order to suit up. He's played just four snaps through two weeks this year.

Sep 24, 2022 12:12 PM EST



Returns to practice squad

Driskel reverted to the Texans' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Driskel was elevated to the Texans' active roster for a second consecutive week ahead of Sunday's loss to the Broncos, and he played just three of the team's 63 offensive snaps while recording one carry for 10 yards. He'll head back to the practice squad following the game, but it's possible that he rejoins the active roster at some point.

Sep 19, 2022 2:52 PM EST


Plays three snaps

Driskel had one carry for 10 yards in Sunday's 16-9 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: For the second straight week, Driskel was on the active roster ahead of Kyle Allen. He played three snaps and had a 10-yard run on a 3rd-and-1 situation. It's unclear if starter Davis Mills were injured, would the Texans have Driskel to start a game over Allen. Driskel has been used mostly on third downs and hasn't attempted a pass yet.

Sep 19, 2022 6:56 AM EST


Elevated to active roster again

The Texans elevated Driskel to the active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Driskel has been elevated to the active roster for each of the first two games of the season. During the season opener, he got onto the field for two plays and carried the ball once for five yards. The 2016 sixth-round pick can be elevated three times on gamedays before needing to be signed to the active roster for good. Kyle Allen was inactive for Week 1 after Driskel was activated, but it's unclear if that'll be the case again in Week 2.

Sep 17, 2022 3:38 PM EST



Reverts to practice squd

Driskel reverted to the Texans' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Driskel was expected to be Houston's No. 3 quarterback, but he suited up ahead of Kyle Allen against the Colts on Sunday. The veteran quarterback saw the field two times in third-and-short situations, and he carried the ball once for five yards.

Sep 12, 2022 3:46 PM EST


Active for Week 1

Driskel was active for Week 1 against Indianapolis, getting on the field for two plays and carrying the ball once for five yards in a 20-20 tie.

Analysis: In a slightly surprising move, Driskel was activated over Kyle Allen. As a quarterback that's been used in a variety of situations by the Texans, he presents a dual threat to a defense and was on the field for a couple of third-and-short situations. His lone carry produced a first down. It's unclear if his activation was a stratagem specifically designed for the Colts or a permanent shift on the quarterback depth chart. Driskel is currently on the practice squad and can only be elevated three times for gameday, unless he's signed to the active roster.

Sep 12, 2022 6:07 AM EST


Bumps to active roster

The Texans elevated Driskel to the active roster Saturday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Analysis: This move may be a contingency in the event one of the Texans' top two quarterbacks Davis Mills or Kyle Allen suffers an injury during pregame warmups for Week 1 against the Colts. A decision on Driskel's availability, or lack thereof, will come about 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

Sep 10, 2022 7:50 PM EST


Added to Texans' practice squad

The Texans signed Driskel to their practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Driskel was released by Houston as part of the team's final roster cuts but will return to the organization via the practice squad. It's possible that the veteran joins an active roster this year if a team needs a backup quarterback.

Aug 31, 2022 4:36 PM EST


Released by Texans

Driskel was released by the Texans on Tuesday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Driskel operated as the Texans' primary backup option to Davis Mills this preseason, but he will ultimately be a casualty of Tuesday's final cuts. The quarterback has proven to be an NFL-caliber backup option and will likely get another opportunity in the near future.

Aug 30, 2022 9:22 AM EST


Leads 10 drives

Driskel completed 16-of-26 passes for 165 yards, two touchdowns with three interceptions in Saturday's 17-13 preseason win over New Orleans. He added three carries for 17 yards.

Analysis: Starter Davis Mills played two series -- both were quick three-and-outs -- and backup Kyle Allen (illness) was not available, which afforded Driskel three-plus quarters. It was a mixed bag for the third-stringer, who was the beneficiary of three Houston takeaways but also turned it over three times himself. Asked about Driskel's performance following the game, Houston head coach Lovie Smith reaffirmed the quarterback depth chart as Mills, Allen then Driskel.

Aug 14, 2022 5:56 AM EST


In line for heavy work Saturday

Driskel will play a majority of Saturday's preseason opener against the Saints after the Texans announced Kyle Allen (illness) will not be available, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Allen normally runs with the second-team offense, but he did not participate in Thursday's evening practice session and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Davis Mills will play the first two series of the game, and Driskel will handle the rest of the contest.

Aug 13, 2022 8:16 AM EST


Remains with Texans

Driskel signed a one-year contract extension with Houston on Friday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Analysis: Driskel finished 2021 on injured reserve after suffering a fractured collarbone in December, and he appeared in only one game during the campaign. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the 28-year-old will shift back to quarterback after seeing action at tight end late last season.

Mar 11, 2022 12:04 PM EST


Back from COVID list, still on IR

Driskel (collarbone) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Driskel was placed on the COVID list Thursday, missing about a week before returning to injured reserve Wednesday. The tight end will remain on IR going into the 2022 offseason where he will become a free agent.

Jan 12, 2022 3:03 PM EST


Lands on COVID-19 list

The Texans placed Driskel (undisclosed/collarbone) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Driskel was already ruled out for the remainder of the season when he was placed on injured reserve with a fractured collarbone in late December. However, he'll now be forced to isolate from the team prior to resuming his recovery.

Jan 6, 2022 3:16 PM EST


Goes on injured reserve

Driskel (collarbone) was placed on IR on Wednesday.

Analysis: Driskel suffered a fracture collarbone in the Texans' Week 15 game with the Jaguars. It was the former quarterback's debut playing the tight end position. He only played 10 snaps on special teams before suffering the injury. Now out for the rest of the season, Driskel will spend the offseason getting healthy and most likely tightening up his skills as a tight end.

Dec 22, 2021 5:12 PM EST


Suffers fractured collarbone

Driskel sustained a fractured collarbone against the Jaguars on Sunday and is expected to be doubtful for Week 16.

Analysis: Driskel has only logged snaps at special teams this season and will likely continue to do so when he returns to the field. Expect the 28-year-old to continue to see a minimal role for the remainder of the season.

Dec 21, 2021 12:31 PM EST


Serves on special teams

Driskel was active as a tight end and played 10 snaps on special teams in Sunday's 30-16 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: Driskel, a quarterback that's added tight end to his resume, was active as a tight end for the second straight week. He did not get into last week's game against Seattle, but made his non-quarterback debut against Jacksonville on Sunday.

Dec 20, 2021 4:57 AM EST


Working out at tight end

Driskel is transitioning to tight end, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Houston tight ends coach Andy Bischoff described Driskel as "a rare athlete," who could also contribute on special teams, but the coach added this is a developmental process. That means it's unlikely Driskel will be an active tight end in the short term, if at all this season. The organization does not consider him a quarterback for the Texans at this time, per conversations between Bischoff, head coach David Culley and general manger Nick Caserio.

Nov 20, 2021 5:51 AM EST


Signed to active roster

The Texans signed Driskel to their active roster Saturday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Driskel was elevated from the practice squad for each of the last three games but hasn't yet made his season debut. He'll continue to serve as the backup to Davis Mills while Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) is on injured reserve.

Oct 16, 2021 2:39 PM EST


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