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: 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.

October 18, 2020 8:39 AM EST

Jeff Driskel: 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.

September 29, 2020 12:28 PM EST

Jeff Driskel: 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.

September 29, 2020 11:02 AM EST

Jeff Driskel: 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.

September 28, 2020 11:35 AM EST

Jeff Driskel: 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.

September 27, 2020 4:44 PM EST

Jeff Driskel: 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.

September 21, 2020 10:41 AM EST

Jeff Driskel: 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.

September 20, 2020 3:54 PM EST

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

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