The Lions re-signed Boyle to a one-year, $2 million contract Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Boyle's contract includes $1.75 million in guaranteed money, with another $500,000 in incentives. The 27-year-old signal-caller started three games for the Lions last season, throwing more interceptions than touchdowns in each contest and only exceeding 200 scrimmage yards once. However, Detroit appears satisfied enough with Boyle's ability to helm the offense under emergency circumstances, and he's now positioned to reprise a familiar role as the No. 2 option behind Jared Goff unless further options are added to the quarterback room.
Mar 14, 2022 7:15 AM EST
Boyle completed 61 of 94 passes for 526 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions over five game appearances in 2021. He added 13 rushing yards on two carries.
Analysis: On the surface, Boyle was beyond underwhelming as a fill-in starter during the three games that Jared Goff missed this season. The Eastern Kentucky product threw more picks than touchdowns in each appearance while clearing 200 yards once and averaging 5.6 yards per pass attempt, which would have ranked last among starting QBs. However, Goff only ranked 27th in that category with 6.6 YPA, and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn suggested in early January that he is content with Boyle as a backup quarterback, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. While Boyle is now set to become an unrestricted free agent at year's end, it sounds like both parties may have interest in a reunion for the 2022 campaign.
Jan 10, 2022 1:13 PM EST
Coach Dan Campbell considers Jared Goff (knee) "probable" to return for Week 18 and replace Boyle as the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Packers, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Boyle started the past two games, with Goff first on the reserve/COVID-19 list and then out with a knee injury. With Goff now listed as questionable but expected to play, Boyle figures to return to his backup role for the season finale.
Jan 7, 2022 1:02 PM EST
Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Tuesday that he's proceeding as though Boyle will be the team's starting quarterback for Sunday's season finale versus the Packers, but Jared Goff (knee) could reclaim the job if he demonstrates progress in practices this week, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
Analysis: Boyle made his second and third starts of the season in losses to the Falcons and Seahawks in Weeks 16 and 17, respectively, after Goff missed both games, first due to a positive COVID-19 test and then due to a strained knee. Since Goff wasn't able to practice in any fashion last week on account of the injury, he may need to upgrade to full activity by Friday for the Lions to feel confident enough with his health to reinsert him into the lineup for a largely meaningless Week 18 game. If not, Boyle will be prepared to face his former team for the first time, though the "revenge game" narrative probably won't be enough to make the 27-year-old a reliable fantasy option. Through his first three starts, Boyle has averaged 175.3 passing yards, 4.6 rushing yards, 1.0 passing touchdowns and 2.0 interceptions per game.
Jan 4, 2022 6:42 AM EST
Boyle completed 22 of 37 passes for 262 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions during Sunday's 51-29 loss to Seattle. He added 14 rushing yards on one attempt.
Analysis: Boyle didn't do much until Detroit was down 38-7 minutes into the third quarter, which the Eastern Kentucky product had opened with an interception on the first offensive play. While Boyle was subsequently able to pad his stats with a couple of touchdowns to Amon-Ra St. Brown and offensive tackle Taylor Decker, the Lions were never really in the game thanks to a terrible defensive showing that admittedly would be hard for any quarterback to overcome. That Detroit never turned to David Blough at any point suggests Boyle will remain under center in Week 18 against Green Bay if Jared Goff (knee) is still unable to play, but we'd expect his production to be more similar to Week 16 against the Falcons (187 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception) than what Boyle was able to put up in garbage time against the Seahawks, who were decimated by injuries and COVID-related absences by the time Boyle made any noise.
Jan 3, 2022 10:18 AM EST
Boyle will start in place of Jared Goff (knee) on Sunday at Seattle, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: As expected, the Lions included Goff on their Week 17 inactive list, thus giving Boyle another chance to direct the offense. In his first opportunity last Sunday in Atlanta, Boyle completed 24 of 34 passes for 187 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Jan 2, 2022 12:20 PM EST
Boyle is expected to receive his second straight start Sunday against the Seahawks with Jared Goff (knee) listed as doubtful for the contest, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
Analysis: While Goff was on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week after testing positive for the virus, Boyle picked up his second start of the season and of his career. Boyle fared far better last week in the Lions' 20-16 loss to Atlanta than he did in his Detroit debut Week 11 in Cleveland, completing 24 of his first 33 attempts for 187 yards and a touchdown before throwing a game-ending interception at the goal line in the final minute. Though Goff was restored from the list Monday and was expected to take back the reins of the Detroit offense this week, he was unable to practice Wednesday through Friday while he remained troubled by the knee injury he suffered late in the first half of the Lions' Week 15 win over Arizona. Boyle was thus able to take all the first-team reps in practice to keep himself prepared for the assignment, but he'll may have to make do without his starting tight end (Brock Wright) and two starting receivers (Josh Reynolds and Kalif Raymond). All three pass catchers were placed on the COVID-19 list between Monday and Thursday and aren't guaranteed to be cleared prior to Sunday's game.
Dec 31, 2021 12:07 PM EST
Boyle will reprise his normal duties as the Lions' backup quarterback Week 17 in Seattle after head coach Dan Campbell confirmed Monday that Jared Goff (illness) is due back from the reserve/COVID-19 list after clearing the NFL's return-to-play protocols, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Detroit has yet to officially add Goff back to the 53-man roster, but that transaction is merely a formality now that the signal-caller has been cleared to report back to the Lions' team facility. While Goff was unable to practice this past week before he was deactivated in advance of Sunday's game against the Falcons, Boyle stepped in for his second start of the season. After a wretched showing in his Lions debut Week 11 in Cleveland, Boyle was far more competent in directing the offense in Atlanta. He completed 24 of 34 attempts for 187 yards and a touchdown, though he threw a game-sealing pick in the red zone to send Detroit to a 20-16 loss. Boyle's performance was probably enough to keep him ahead of David Blough as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart for the final two games of the season.
Dec 27, 2021 12:17 PM EST
Boyle completed 24 of 34 passes for 187 yards with one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 20-16 loss to Atlanta.
Analysis: Boyle performed much better than he did in his first career start Week 11 against Cleveland despite playing without both T.J. Hockenson (finger) or D'Andre Swift (shoulder). However, that's not saying much, and the game ended on a sour note after Boyle blew Detroit's comeback attempt by throwing a pick near Atlanta's goal line in the closing minutes of regulation. While it's not clear if Jared Goff (COVID-19) will gain medical clearance in the coming week, Boyle will remain far off the fantasy radar when Detroit travels to Seattle in Week 17.
Dec 26, 2021 1:38 PM EST
Boyle will start at quarterback in place of Jared Goff (illness) on Sunday in Atlanta, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: Goff was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list last Monday and was unable to clear league protocols in time to suit up Week 16. His absence will give Boyle his second NFL start. The first one didn't exactly go swimmingly back in Week 11, when he was 15-for-23 passing for 77 yards and two interceptions in a 13-10 loss at Cleveland. At the very least, Boyle has capable running backs in the stable, with Jamaal Williams and Craig Reynolds on hand to ease the burden (D'Andre Swift again is out with an AC joint sprain).
Dec 26, 2021 9:09 AM EST
Boyle is in line to start Sunday's game against the Falcons after Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Friday that Jared Goff (illness) is "highly unlikely" to be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the contest, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Goff has continued to test positive for COVID-19 since initially contracting the virus Monday, and the Lions aren't confident that he'll either test negative on two consecutive occasions 24 hours apart or show diminished symptoms, which he'll need to do in order to clear the NFL's return-to-play protocol. Boyle has taken first-team reps in practice all week sans Goff and is primed to make his second start in six weeks, after the latter was previously sidelined with an oblique injury Week 11. Boyle oversaw a listless Detroit offense in his team debut and first career NFL start, completing 15 of 23 attempts for only 77 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in the Lions' 13-10 loss to Cleveland. The Falcons defense presents a less imposing matchup than the Browns, but fantasy managers' expectations for both Boyle and the Lions' skill-position players should still be tempered.
Dec 24, 2021 12:20 PM EST
Coach Dan Campbell wouldn't commit to Boyle as his starting quarterback if Jared Goff (reserve/COVID-19) is unavailable this Sunday in Atlanta, perhaps suggesting David Blough could be an option as well, according to Chris Burke of The Athletic.
Analysis: Goff was placed on the COVID list Monday and thus stands a chance to return in time for Sunday's game. If not, the Lions will turn to Boyle or Blough, likely waiting until later in the week to name a starter. Boyle was brutal in his one start this year, throwing for 77 yards with two interceptions in a 13-10 loss to the Browns in Week 11.
Dec 22, 2021 9:14 AM EST
Boyle is active as the backup quarterback for Thursday's contest against the Bears behind starter Jared Goff (oblique), who is set to start in his return from a one-game absence, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Though Goff was one of the NFL's least productive starting quarterbacks through the first 10 weeks of the season, he still performed far better than Boyle, who returned from injured reserve last week and picked up his first NFL start while Goff was sidelined with the oblique injury. In Detroit's 13-10 loss to the Browns, Boyle completed 15 of 23 attempts for 77 yards (3.3 YPA), no touchdowns and two interceptions, with most of the Lions' offensive production on the day coming via the ground game from D'Andre Swift (14 carries for 136 yards and a touchdown). Boyle's rough outing wasn't enough for him to lose out on the No. 2 job behind Goff, who is slated to start despite likely being less than 100 percent. Instead, David Blough -- who backed up Boyle last week -- will be on the inactive list Thanksgiving Day as the Lions' No. 3 signal-caller.
Nov 25, 2021 8:40 AM EST
Boyle completed 15 of 23 passes for 77 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: Boyle made his first career NFL start after entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He had attempted only four passes prior to Sunday's game, but he was called upon with Jared Goff (oblique) sidelined. Boyle wasn't asked to do much, as he took to the air only 23 times. He threw two interceptions, one of which came deep in Browns' territory. The positive news is that he peppered T.J. Hockenson with eight targets and DeAndre Swift with four, so the stars of the team still saw plenty of opportunity. Boyle is likely to get another start in Week 12 against the Bears, though his performance shouldn't be projected to markedly improve.
Nov 21, 2021 6:13 PM EST
Boyle (thumb), who is making his first career NFL start Sunday in Cleveland, could remain under center for the Lions' Thanksgiving Day game against the Bears with top quarterback Jared Goff (oblique) uncertain to be available, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Goff is inactive after failing to practice in any capacity this week, allowing Boyle to take all the first-team reps in workouts Wednesday though Friday in preparation for the starting assignment. Not only will Boyle be making his first career start Sunday, but he'll also be making his Lions debut, as he had been on injured reserve since early September following thumb surgery before he was activated Friday. Though Boyle impressed enough in training camp to secure the No. 2 job behind Goff, he completed just 56.4 percent of his passes for a lowly 3.5 yards per attempt in the preseason. With that in mind, Boyle may need a respectable showing against the Browns to hold off backup David Blough for the starting nod next Thursday, in the event that Goff misses a second straight contest. According to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, Goff was spotted Sunday doing some throwing during the Lions' warmups, so he'll still have a shot at playing Week 12 if he can demonstrate enough progress in his recovery from the oblique injury in the next few days.
Nov 21, 2021 10:11 AM EST
Boyle will start Sunday against the Browns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The report confirms something that's become increasingly apparent throughout the week, as Jared Goff didn't wind up practicing at all after hurting his oblique last week against the Steelers. Boyle was only just reinstated from injured reserve Friday after being sidelined all season following August thumb surgery but will head straight into his first NFL start. He's thrown four career passes as a professional after joining the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2018.
Nov 20, 2021 8:08 PM EST
The Lions reinstated Boyle (thumb) from injured reserve Friday.
Analysis: The transaction officially restores Boyle to the active roster, while clearing the way for him to make his first career NFL start Sunday against the Browns with Jared Goff (oblique) listed as doubtful for the contest and not expected to be available. Through four pro seasons, Boyle has just four regular-season pass attempts to his name, and his inexperience, poor pass-catching personnel and matchup with a fearsome Cleveland pass rush all conspire to make him an untrustworthy fantasy option. Even against watered-down competition in the preseason, Boyle completed just 22 of 39 passes (56.4 percent) for a lousy 3.5 yards per attempt, one touchdown and no interceptions. He doesn't present any threat as a runner either.
Nov 19, 2021 4:00 PM EST
The Lions are expected to activate Boyle (thumb) from injured reserve to have him start at quarterback in place of Jared Goff (oblique) in Sunday's game against the Browns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Detroit has yet to officially rule Goff out for the game, but he looks to be trending toward his first absence of the season after he was listed as a non-participant in each of the team's three practices this week. Boyle, meanwhile, is working his way back from Aug. 30 thumb surgery, but he's been practicing for the past week and a half and took all the first-team reps Wednesday through Friday. Though he's in his fourth year in the professional ranks, Boyle has yet to make a regular-season start and has attempted only four passes for his career, all of which came with the Packers in 2019. Expectations should be extremely low for Boyle, who will be working with one of the league's worst group of pass catchers and could be without left tackle Taylor Decker (elbow) protecting his blind side against NFL sack leader Myles Garrett and the Cleveland defense. In more extensive action during the Lions' preseason slate, Boyle struggled mightily with 22 completions on 39 attempts (56.4 percent) for 135 yards (3.5 YPA), one touchdown and no interceptions.
Nov 19, 2021 10:44 AM EST
Coach Dan Campbell said Tuesday that Boyle (thumb) will be the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart when he is activated from injured reserve, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Boyle underwent thumb surgery Aug. 30 and has been on injured reserve since the start of the regular season. He was designated to return ahead of Week 10, but he remained inactive, as David Blough operated as the backup to Jared Goff. However, Campbell's comments made it clear that the backup gig is Boyle's when he is officially added to the active roster, which could prove meaningful as Goff is currently battling an oblique injury.
Nov 17, 2021 7:34 AM EST
Boyle (thumb) will be designated to return from injured reserve by the Lions on Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Boyle has been on injured reserve since the start of the regular season after he underwent thumb surgery Aug. 30. He'll have to be activated within 21 days to be eligible to return this season, but he could serve as Detroit's primary backup at quarterback once he's cleared to return to game action.
Nov 8, 2021 7:12 AM EST
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