Jeff Driskel

Jeff Driskel

Quarterback #3
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 234 lb.
College:Louisiana Tech
Born:April 23, 1993
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 6 (207)
Draft Team:SF

Jeff Driskel: Gets two-year deal in Denver

Driskel (hamstring) agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract with the Broncos on Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Driskel showcased upside as a more than competent backup across three games in Detroit last season, and he'll now hold down the fort behind Drew Lock in Denver. The move leaves the future of veteran signal caller-caller Joe Flacco (neck) with the Broncos a lingering question mark.

March 18, 2020 11:01 AM EST

Jeff Driskel: Heading to Denver

Driskel is expected to sign with the Broncos, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Driskel will become the new backup for Drew Lock in Denver, leaving Joe Flacco's status with the team in question. Driskel played in three contests for the Lions last season before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury. He compiled 685 passing yards with a 59.0 passing percentage, to go along with four touchdowns and four interceptions. Look for more updates on his hamstring injury to come when he officially joins his new team for offseason activities.

March 17, 2020 7:39 PM EST

Jeff Driskel: Forced to injured reserve

Driskel (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: While Driskel was technically active for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day loss to the Bears, it certainly didn't seem as if the backup quarterback was healthy enough to compete, so Saturday's roster designation shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The Lions have not placed Matthew Stafford on injured reserve despite multiple fractures in his back, but considering their dismal record it's entirely possible the team decides to play it incredibly cautious with their franchise signal caller. David Blough, the team's third-string option and Thursday starter, looked solid in his professional debut and figures to continue reprising the role until Stafford is deemed healthy enough to compete, although Detroit did sign Kyle Slotter as an insurance policy off the Cardinals' practice squad.

November 30, 2019 12:11 PM EST

Jeff Driskel: Available Week 13

Driskel (hamstring) is listed as active Thursday against the Bears.

Analysis: The Lions made a ruling on Driskel's starting ability Wednesday, naming undrafted rookie David Blough the spot No. 1 for this contest. Still, Driskel is available, so he's on hand in the event something befalls Blough. Elsewhere on the roster, tight end Logan Thomas was a quarterback in college, meaning Driskel may not be called upon at all in that scenario.

November 28, 2019 8:10 AM EST

Jeff Driskel: Not starting Week 13

Driskel (hamstring) will yield his spot as the Lions' starting quarterback Thursday versus the Bears.

Analysis: The Lions thus have confirmed a previous report from Jeremy Fowler of Driskel's current hamstring issue is serious enough to keep him out of the starting lineup, but may not hinder him so much that he'll be among the team's inactives Thursday. With a fourth starting nod in place of Matthew Stafford (hip/back) not in the cards, Driskel will hand over the reins of the offense to undrafted rookie David Blough.

November 27, 2019 5:06 PM EST

Jeff Driskel: Unlikely to start Thursday

The Lions are expected to start David Blough at quarterback Thursday versus the Bears, pushing Driskel (hamstring) down the depth chart, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: Driskel's practice reps were limited this week due to a hamstring injury, which is lingering enough to force the Lions to turn to Blough. It's unclear if Driskel will be on the Lions' inactive list, or suiting up as an emergency option, but Blough, an undrafted rookie, is on pace for his first NFL start.

November 27, 2019 4:28 PM EST

Jeff Driskel: Questionable for Thanksgiving Day

Driskel (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Bears.

Analysis: Driskel logged a trio of limited practice sessions this week. His status for Thursday's divisional contest could come down to a game-time decision prior to kickoff at 12:30 p.m. ET. With Matthew Stafford (back) already ruled out, the Lions would likely be forced to field David Blough under center if Driskel is unable to play.

November 27, 2019 12:10 PM EST

Jeff Driskel: Remains limited Tuesday

Driskel (hamstring) was a limited participant at Tuesday's walkthrough, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Driskel has a cap on his reps this week, the result of a hamstring that's remains "pretty sore," coach Matt Patricia told Twentyman. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Patricia said the Lions are taking Driskell's health "day by day." As a result, Driskel's listing on Wednesday's injury report could be telling for his Week 13 availability.

November 26, 2019 2:24 PM EST

Jeff Driskel: Limited by hamstring injury

Driskel (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's practice estimate, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Analysis: This is tough news for the Lions, as they'll be on a short practice week ahead of Thursday's matchup against the Bears. Driskel has two more practices to get to full speed. If he can't shake the issue, David Blough -- an undrafted rookie out of Purdue -- is in line to make his NFL debut.

November 25, 2019 1:18 PM EST

Jeff Driskel: Throws three picks in loss

Driskel completed 20 of 33 passes for 207 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions during Sunday's 19-16 loss to Washington. He added 63 yards on the ground on nine carries.

Analysis: Driskel showed off some of his athleticism during Sunday's sloppy contest, but ultimately helped fuel Washington's comeback with a costly interception with about a minute remaining and the Lions driving for the win. Driskel shot downfield to Marvin Jones was jumped by cornerback Quinton Dunbar and set up a short field for a game-winning Washington field goal. Driskel threw his third interception of the game on the following drive, with the Lions desperate to pull over a miracle comeback. Driskel has filled it admirably for Matthew Stafford (back), especially when using his legs, but has come up short in all three of his starts. Thursday brings a Thanksgiving matchup against the Bears, against whom Driskel accounted for 306 total yards, a passing touchdown and an interception in Week 9.

November 24, 2019 3:25 PM EST

Jeff Driskel: Accounts for three TDs vs. Dallas

Driskel completed 15 of 26 pass attempts for 209 yards and two touchdowns Sunday agains the Cowboys. He also carried eight times for 51 yards and a touchdown during the 35-27 loss.

Analysis: Although Driskel completed just 58 percent of his passes, he still averaged a respectable 8.0 yards per attempt thanks to some big gains. He completed two touchdown passes to Marvin Jones and added another score with his legs in what amounted to a solid performance from a fantasy perspective. Driskel could remain the starter for multiple weeks while Matthew Stafford (back) is on the sidelines, and next Sunday's matchup with the Redskins could present him with more opportunities to produce.

November 17, 2019 3:01 PM EST

Jeff Driskel: May have extended run as starter

Driskel could be in store for additional starts beyond Sunday's game against the Cowboys after doctors recently informed Matthew Stafford that the fractured bones in his back will require a six-week recovery timeline, Adam Schefter of reports.

Analysis: After completing 27 of 46 passes for 269 yards, a touchdown and an interception and scrambling for 37 yards in the 20-13 loss to the Bears in Week 10, Driskel will garner a second straight start this weekend in place of the injured Stafford. Though Stafford has shown an ability to play effectively through various injuries in the past, his latest setback on the health front appears more significant than anything he's dealt with before. Stafford will surely attempt to push for a return before the recommended six weeks, but the decision won't be in his hands, especially if the 3-5-1 Lions begin to fade further from the playoff picture. Driskel should at least be on the radar in leagues that start two quarterbacks for the duration of Stafford's absence.

November 17, 2019 9:06 AM EST

Jeff Driskel: Garnering Week 11 start

Driskel is in line to make a second consecutive start Sunday against the Cowboys after coach Matt Patricia announced that Matt Stafford (back) has been ruled out for the contest, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Stafford was unable to practice all week due to fractures in his back, making it not especially surprising that he'll miss another game. The Lions didn't hesitate to have Driskel air it out in their Week 10 loss to the Bears, but the signal-caller generally struggled to shepherd the offense, completing only 27 of 46 attempts for 269 yards (5.8 YPA), one touchdown and one interception while rushing five times for 37 yards. Driskel will get another tough assignment this weekend, taking on Dallas' seventh-ranked pass defense.

November 15, 2019 10:33 AM EST

Jeff Driskel: Inactive for Week 3

Driskel (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Driskel is a healthy scratch Week 3, leaving David Blough to serve as the top backup to Matthew Stafford. The Lions claimed Driskel off waivers Tuesday.

September 22, 2019 9:08 AM EST

Jeff Driskel: Lands with Detroit

Driskel signed a contract with the Lions on Tuesday, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Analysis: Driskel was available after being waived by the Bengals with an injury settlement last Wednesday. It seems that the 26-year-old is fully healthy now and will provide depth for the Lions behind David Blough and Matthew Stafford.

September 17, 2019 9:26 AM EST

Jeff Driskel: Waived from IR

The Bengals waived Driskel (hamstring) with an injury settlement.

Analysis: Driskel was on injured reserve, and he'll be free to sign with a new team once healthy.

September 11, 2019 1:44 PM EST

Jeff Driskel: Headed to injured reserve

Driskel is being placed on injured reserve Saturday,

Analysis: Driskel's hamstring injury had not been previously reported, but it appears to be serious enough to land him on injured reserve. Then backup quarterback job behind starter Andy Dalton will presumably go to Ryan Finley with Driskel out of the picture.

August 31, 2019 11:54 AM EST

Jeff Driskel: Roster bubble

Driskel is on the Bengals' roster bubble, having fallen behind Ryan Finley on the depth chart to be the Bengals' No. 2 quarterback, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It was revealing Thursday when Driskel didn't get any action against the Giants in the Bengals' third preseason game of the year. As Dehner points out, a conversion to a Taysom Hill-like role seems unlikely.

August 24, 2019 5:19 PM EST

Jeff Driskel: Seeing WR reps

Driskel saw reps at wide receiver and punt returner in Tuesday's practice, Geoff Hobson of reports.

Analysis: Ryan Finley is going to get the No. 2 role in Thursday's preseason game against Washington and might be the favorite to beat out Driskel as the backup, so Driskel is trying to find other ways to contribute to the team.

August 13, 2019 11:10 PM EST

Jeff Driskel: Not safe in No. 2 role

Driskel is facing competition from rookie Ryan Finley for the backup quarterback job, Laurel Pfahler of the Dayton Daily News reports.

Analysis: Driskel served as a third-stringer in 2016 and 2017 before climbing to No. 2 in 2018. While the Bengals' decision to draft Finley in the fourth round threatens his placement on the depth chart, it's possible Cincinnati carries all three signal callers on the active roster when the regular season rolls around anyway. In any case, it'd likely take a strong preseason from Finley for the organization to feel comfortable with having a rookie serve as the backup behind Andy Dalton, who's coming off thumb surgery.

June 26, 2019 9:39 AM EST

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