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Jeff Driskel

Houston Texans
Quarterback #3
Houston Texans
Quarterback #3

Jeff Driskel News

Rejoins Houston

Driskel was signed to Houston's practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Driskel was with the Texans during the preseason and was a camp casualty Tuesday before rejoining the team Wednesday. Houston's quarterback situation may eventually change, but starting Week 1, Tyrod Taylor is expected to start with third-round pick Davis Mills backing him up. Meanwhile Deshaun Watson made the 53-man roster, but he's not expected to suit up Sundays.

Sep 1, 2021 7:13 PM EST


Fails to make 53-man roster

Driskel was cut by the Texans on Monday, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Driskel wasn't expected to make the roster with expected starter Tyrod Taylor and rookie third-round pick Davis Mills on the team in addition to Deshaun Watson, who could reportedly be a healthy scratch all year. The 28-year-old quarterback has played in 15 games (nine starts) over the last three seasons, completing 59 percent of his passes for 2,120 yards (6.1 YPA), 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 309 yards and three scores. Driskel may serve as practice-squad depth for the Texans.

Aug 30, 2021 8:50 PM EST



Lands in Houston

The Texans signed Driskel to a one-year contract worth up to $2.5 on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Driskel has a $1 million base salary with numerous potential bonuses and incentives. Given the murky situation surrounding Deshaun Watson's future with the Texans, Driskel's landing spot is more intriguing for fantasy purposes than had he secured a normal backup gig. Behind Watson, it's conceivable that Driskel could compete with both Tyrod Taylor and Davis Mills for reps, while Ryan Finley now appears to be the odd man out in Houston's quarterback room.

May 19, 2021 5:28 PM EST


Could sign with Dallas

Driskel will meet with the Cowboys on Friday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: If the 28-year-old signs with the Cowboys, he would likely slot in as the No. 2 quarterback behind Dak Prescott (ankle). Driskel has played for three different teams in his three-year NFL career since making his debut for the Bengals in 2018, posting a 13:8 TD:INT, 58.6 percent completion rate and 6.1 YPA in 15 games.

May 7, 2021 10:35 AM EST


Ousted from QB room

The Broncos released Driskel on Monday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Driskel threw three touchdowns and two interceptions in three appearances (one start) for the Broncos last season. Per Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com, his release saves the team $2.5 million in cap space. Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater and Brett Rypien remain under contract for Denver.

May 3, 2021 1:17 PM EST



Finishes 2020 with three touchdowns

Driskel completed 35 of 64 passes for 432 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions during the 2020 season. He added 28 yards on six carries.

Analysis: Driskel filled in admirably for Drew Lock after the latter injured his shoulder in Week 2 against Pittsburgh, nearly leading the comeback. A ho-hum outing in Week 3 against Tampa Bay pushed him down the depth chart and he didn't record a touch after a carry in Week 4. Driskel actually finished with a team-high quarterback rating of 78.4, but that does not quite provide the veteran stability Denver needs with youngsters Lock and Brett Rypien on the roster. The Broncos would have a net savings of $2.5 million against the cap should they move on from Driskel, and that seems likely as the team figures to look for a more established hedge on its bet on Lock.

Jan 17, 2021 2:54 PM EST


Back from COVID-19 list

The Broncos activated Driskel off the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Driskel was placed on the list Nov. 29 after testing positive for the virus. His positive test forced the rest of the quarterback room in Denver onto the list as close contacts, ultimately leading to practice-squad receiver Kendall Hinton taking the reigns at quarterback. With Driskel back healthy, it's likely he'll take over the No. 2 job behind Drew Lock for Saturday's game against the Bills.

Dec 16, 2020 3:40 PM EST


Positive for COVID-19

Driskel's placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday was the result of a positive COVID-19 test, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: At the time Driskel was placed on the list, it wasn't immediately clear whether he tested positive himself or was considered a close contact of someone who did. After the Broncos confirmed Driskel was infected, fellow quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were added to the list Saturday, when all three were pulled off the practice field and told to self-isolate since they were discovered to have not worn masks at one point during contact with Driskel in recent days. With the NFL opting not to postpone Sunday's Broncos-Saints game, Denver will be without its top four quarterbacks, forcing the team to turn to practice squad receiver Kendall Hinton -- who previously played quarterback early in his college career at Wake Forest -- as its starter under center. As of Sunday, Lock, Rypien and Bortles continued to test negative for COVID-19 and should be activated by Tuesday, but Driskel looks poised to remain out through the Broncos' Week 13 game in Kansas City while he's still infected.

Nov 29, 2020 6:30 AM EST


Headed to COVID list

Driskel will be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: According to coach Vic Fangio, the Broncos have been cleared to practice Thursday, and Sunday's contest versus New Orleans does not appear to be at risk. Driskel will need to clear the league's COVID protocols before resuming team activities, but that isn't likely to impact the team's offense much as the quarterback is third on the team's depth chart and hasn't taken a snap since Week 4.

Nov 26, 2020 9:53 AM EST


Healthy scratch Sunday

Driskel (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Patriots, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Driskel struggled in his lone start against Tampa Bay this year, completing 17 of 30 passes for 176 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while Brett Rypien showed a bit of promise in his Week 4 win over the Jets. With Drew Lock (shoulder) returning to the lineup, Rypien will serve as the backup while Driskel watches the game in street clothes.

Oct 18, 2020 8:39 AM EST


Move to backup role confirmed

Denver head coach Vic Fangio named Brett Rypien the starting quarterback for Thursday's game against the Jets, leaving Driskel in line to fill a backup role, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Starting Week 3 in place of an injured Drew Lock (shoulder), Driskel struggled to move the offense in a 28-10 loss to the Buccaneers, completing 17 of 30 attempts for 176 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Midway through the the fourth quarter, Fangio pulled Driskel in favor of Rypien, who completed eight straight passes before throwing a fourth-down interception on Denver's final possession of the day. The Broncos were satisfied enough with how Rypien performed prior to the turnover, so he'll get the keys to the offense over Driskel in Week 4. Since Lock remains out and the newly signed Blake Bortles hasn't had much time to get familiar with Denver's playbook, Driskel is still likely to serve as the No. 2 option behind Rypien.

Sep 29, 2020 12:28 PM EST


Likely returning to backup role

Driskel will likely serve in a backup role Thursday against the Jets, as the Broncos are expected to name Brett Rypien as their starting quarterback for the Week 4 matchup, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Head coach Vic Fangio likely won't announce a Week 4 starter until later Tuesday or at some point Wednesday, but Driskel's run atop Denver's depth chart looks like it will come to an end after one game. Filling in Week 3 for an injured Drew Lock (shoulder), Driskel completed 17 of 30 attempts for 176 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Buccaneers before giving way to Rypien in the fourth quarter. Though he was only under center for one possession, Rypien moved the offense well, completing his first eight pass attempts for 59 yards before tossing a red-zone interception on fourth down. Assuming Rypien is indeed named the team's new starter, Driskel could still serve as the No. 2 option Thursday, as Lock remains sidelined and the recently signed Blake Bortles may need more time to get up to speed with Denver's playbook.

Sep 29, 2020 11:02 AM EST


Starter for Thursday still TBD

Vic Fangio said Monday that he has yet to decide whether Driskel or Brett Rypien will start in New York on Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Driskel was benched during the third quarter of Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers, and he only had 176 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception before leaving the field. Brett Rypien wasn't much more effective in relief of Driskel, as his only drive ended in a red-zone interception. Whomever of Driskel or Rypien gets the nod Thursday will get the benefit of a more favorable matchup against the Jets' secondary, and Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports that Blake Bortles isn't in consideration to start.

Sep 28, 2020 11:35 AM EST


Benched in loss

Driskel was benched in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Buccaneers, and coach Vic Fangio said in the post-game that he replaced Driskel with Brett Rypien "to see if he could get rid of the ball quicker", Mike Klis of 9News reports.

Analysis: Driskel completed 17 of 30 passes for 176 yards, one touchdown and one interception before being replaced. Rypien completed his first eight passes to lead the team down the field before throwing a red-zone interception. Both quarterbacks averaged 5.9 yards per pass, and Fangio refused to name a starter for Thursday's Week 4 game against the Jets, though the team won't have much time to deliberate given the quick turnaround.

Sep 27, 2020 4:44 PM EST


May start multiple weeks

Driskel is slated to start against the Buccaneers in Week 3 and as long as Drew Lock (shoulder) remains sidelined, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Driskel looks set to start at least Denver's next two contests, against the Buccaneers and the Jets, after which point Lock will be re-evaluated. The nature of Lock's rotator/labral injury puts him at risk of missing up to six weeks, so Driskel could see the opportunity to make a number of starts. The journeyman signal-caller performed well in relief of Lock against Pittsburg's vaunted defense on Sunday, when he completed 18 of 34 pass attempts for 256 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, but he'll have to manage without top wideout Courtland Sutton (knee) going forward.

Sep 21, 2020 10:41 AM EST


Plays respectably after Lock injury

Driskel completed 18 of 34 pass attempts for 256 yards, two touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Driskel was summoned into action early on as Drew Lock (shoulder) left with an injury and managed a respectable average of 7.5 yards per attempt against a stout defense. He completed touchdown passes to Noah Fant and Melvin Gordon as he helped his team hang tough in a difficult road matchup, though his interception in the second quarter helped Pittsburgh build a lead. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Lock is expected to be out 2-6 weeks with an AC injury, meaning Driskel should get the nod in next Sunday's home matchup with the Buccaneers.

Sep 20, 2020 3:54 PM EST


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.

Mar 18, 2020 11:01 AM EST


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.

Mar 17, 2020 7:39 PM EST


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.

Nov 30, 2019 12:11 PM EST


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.

Nov 28, 2019 8:10 AM EST


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