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Tim Boyle

Detroit Lions
Quarterback #7
Detroit Lions
Quarterback #7

Tim Boyle News

Shifts to injured reserve

The Lions placed Boyle (thumb) on injured reserve Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Boyle is expected to miss up to eight weeks due to thumb surgery undergone late August, so it's no surprise to see him beginning the regular season on IR. Though the depth quarterback will be eligible to return as early as Week 4, it appears as though he's destined for a somewhat longer stint on IR.

Sep 2, 2021 8:17 AM EST

Out 6-8 weeks after surgery

Boyle (thumb) is expected to miss 6-8 weeks following thumb surgery, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: This appears to be a good outcome as it was feared that Boyle may have to miss the entire season. David Blough will be the primary backup to Jared Goff to open the season, but Boyle should be given a shot to compete for the role when he returns.

Aug 31, 2021 12:40 PM EST

Needs thumb surgery

Boyle needs thumb surgery, and the Lions won't have a timetable for his return until after the procedure, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: The Lions seem to be preparing for an extended absence but hope to have him back this season. Boyle had been competing with David Blough, who now defaults to the No. 2 quarterback spot for Week 1.

Aug 30, 2021 8:20 AM EST

Thumb injury may be severe

Boyle may have suffered a serious thumb injury during Friday's preseason loss to the Colts, Kyle Meinke of reports. "We'll know a lot more tomorrow, but we may have to prepare for him to be out for a little bit," coach Dan Campbell said.

Analysis: The Lions brought in Boyle from Green Bay to serve as Jared Goff's backup on a one-year $2.5 million contract. But his time under center during exhibition season has been anything but crisp, combining for 22-for-29 passing (56.4 percent), 135 yards and one touchdown versus no interceptions across three games. During the course of Friday's appearance, he banged his right thumb on a helmet on the third play from scrimmage, opening a cut in the process. If he indeed needs time to recover, Boyle likely will yield the No. 2 QB job to David Blough to begin the campaign.

Aug 27, 2021 9:02 PM EST

Forgettable preseason performance

Boyle completed seven of 15 passes for 44 yards during Saturday's preseason loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: After racking up stats during the 2019 preseason with the Packers, Boyle has completed just 50 percent of his passes with no passing touchdowns and a lowly mark of 2.7 yards per pass attempt this preseason. While the in-game struggles have prompted some to think David Blough could be making a push for the backup job behind Jared Goff, Boyle did have to go up against most of Pittsburgh's starting defense on Saturday and his struggles are understandable against a unit that finished third in total yards per game allowed (305.8) in 2020. The odds of Boyle keeping the No. 2 role ultimately seem to be in his favor, especially after he was signed to a $2.5 million deal in free agency.

Aug 22, 2021 1:17 PM EST

Favorite for backup QB role

Boyle is the odds-on favorite to earn the backup quarterback job behind Jared Goff, Benjamin Raven of reports.

Analysis: With Chase Daniels no longer on the roster, Boyle and David Blough are the top depth options for Detroit at quarterback. Boyle is being paid like a top-10 backup quarterback while Blough is making near the league minimum, its no surprise that Boyle is considered the favorite for the No. 2 role, especially after the former Green Bay signal caller drew consistently positive reviews throughout spring workouts.

Jun 21, 2021 11:41 AM EST

Inks deal with Detroit

Boyle signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Lions on Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 26-year-old wasn't tendered a contract by the Packers as a restricted free agent, and he'll remain in the NFC North for 2021. Boyle has attempted only four passes since going undrafted out of Eastern Kentucky in 2018. He could serve as Jared Goff's top backup if Detroit opts to part ways with Chase Daniel during the offseason.

Mar 17, 2021 7:56 PM EST

Won't be tendered

The Packers will not tender Boyle, instead allowing him to hit free agency, Nick Shook of reports.

Analysis: Boyle is currently a restricted free agent, so Green Bay's decision to let him hit the open market can be interpreted as a sign of the team's confidence in 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love. Unless the Packers bring in another option under center, Love will now be the lone backup to Aaron Rodgers, while Boyle will look to secure a reserve role elsewhere.

Mar 12, 2021 12:42 PM EST

No pass attempts in 20202

Boyle appeared in eight games in 2020 but did not attempt a pass. He officially recorded 13 carries for minus-9 yards.

Analysis: Boyle spent the entire season as the backup behind Aaron Rodgers, but he was primarily a "human victory cigar," either handing the ball off or taking a knee on all but one of the plays he was on the field for. Boyle spent the last two seasons in Green Bay, and he could hang onto a roster spot while 2020 first-rounder Jordan Love continues his development. However, the Packers will no doubt be hoping Love secures the backup role in his second season, and it remains to be seen if the team will carry more than two signal-callers into the 2021 campaign.

Feb 10, 2021 8:36 AM EST

Starting season as backup

Boyle is listed as the No. 2 quarterback on Green Bay's first unofficial depth chart of the season, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: Boyle kept ahead of rookie first-round pick Jordan Love throughout training camp, setting him up to reprise his role as Aaron Rodgers' backup to open a second straight season. The Packers no doubt intend to boost Love up the depth chart in the future as he continues his development, for the time being Boyle will handle the No. 2 role during Sunday's season opener in Minnesota.

Sep 8, 2020 10:21 AM EST

Throws first NFL passes in 2019

Boyle played in three games in 2019, completing three of four passes for 15 yards.

Analysis: The Packers like what they saw out of the 25-year-old signal caller during training camp enough that they cut former second-round pick Deshone Kizer to make Boyle the backup to Aaron Rodgers. Boyle took a few knees in blowout games and threw his first NFL passes in a blowout loss to the 49ers in Week 12, but he otherwise stayed on the sidelines while Rodgers stayed healthy. Boyle has another year under contract with the Packers, but there's no guarantee that they keep him around in 2020, especially if they try to bring in Rodgers' successor through the draft.

Jan 21, 2020 2:14 PM EST

Completes first career passes

Boyle played the final drive of Sunday's loss to the 49ers and completed 3-of-4 passes for 15 yards.

Analysis: Boyle saw action a few weeks ago and was limited to kneel-downs in a blowout victory, but he got a chance to throw the ball Sunday with the Packers in the opposite position, and completed the first passes of his NFL career. Boyle remains the only other quarterback on the Packers' roster besides starter Aaron Rodgers.

Nov 25, 2019 9:47 AM EST

Throws another touchdown

Boyle completed three of six passes for 18 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's 27-20 preseason win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: Boyle started at quarterback ahead of DeShone Kizer, but saw the offense falter with two punts to begin the game. After a fumble recovery from the defense, Boyle's third series commenced at the Chiefs' 29-yard line, enabling him to lead a touchdown drive capped by a two-yard toss to rookie Jake Sternberger. At that point, Boyle was withdrawn for Kizer, who finished 8-of-15 for 77 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Overall, Boyle's six touchdowns versus zero turnovers this preseason should surely help his case to serve as Aaron Rodgers' backup, but it remains to be seen whether the Packers will promote him over Kizer, who held the job last season.

Aug 29, 2019 9:48 PM EST

Strong performance against Raiders

Boyle completed 16 of 25 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's preseason loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: With the Packers holding out most of their starters, including Aaron Rodgers, Boyle got the start and led the offense on three consecutive scoring drives in the second quarter, firing TD passes to Trevor Davis and Jake Kumerow to cap the first two. The second-year QB didn't see a regular-season snap as a rookie, but he's completed 60.8 percent of his passes so far this preseason with a 5:0 TD:INT and Boyle could be pushing DeShone Kizer for Green Bay's No. 2 job.

Aug 22, 2019 11:13 PM EST

Extensive reps in second exhibition

Boyle completed 12-of-21 passes for 107 yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Ravens. He threw a touchdown pass but also lost a fumble.

Analysis: Starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers was expected to make his preseason debut Thursday, but he ultimately did not play because of a back injury, which let DeShone Kizer start for the second week in a row. Kizer played just two series, and then Boyle got a chance to play into the fourth quarter. Boyle did lead the Packers on their only touchdown drive of the game, but it came in the second half against the players at the bottom of the Ravens' roster, so it's tough to take too much away from that. Boyle remains behind Kizer on the depth chart heading into preseason game No. 3, but he's still seemingly alive in the competition to open the season with the backup job behind Rodgers.

Aug 16, 2019 9:53 AM EST

Two scores in exhibition opener

Boyle completed 3-of-5 passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's preseason opener.

Analysis: Boyle was only on the field for 16 snaps, but he made the most of his opportunities, finding paydirt twice and demonstrating poise in the pocket. Fellow reserve quarterback DeShone Kizer played the entire first half Thursday -- and played relatively well also -- so not much changed with the backup situation behind Aaron Rodgers. Kizer is the favorite to land the No. 2 spot, but Boyle remains alive in the competition. At the least, his showing probably made it more difficult for the Packers to cut ties with him, and it would hardly be a surprise if the team kept three quarterbacks even if Kizer heads into Week 1 as the backup.

Aug 9, 2019 11:11 AM EST

Back after short absence

Boyle returned to practice Sunday after tending to a personal matter, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Boyle didn't participate in Saturday's practice due to the personal matter, but made a quick return. He'll likely return to receiving third-team reps behind Aaron Rodgers and DeShone Kizer.

Jul 28, 2019 8:06 AM EST

Misses practice Saturday

Boyle did not participate in Saturday's practice due to a personal matter, Wes Hodkiewicz of reports.

Analysis: Boyle likely won't miss an extended period of time as he tends to a personal matter, but Manny Wilkins could see additional reps in practice behind Aaron Rodgers and DeShone Kizer.

Jul 27, 2019 4:33 PM EST

No appearances in 2018

Boyle spent all of 2018 on the Packers' roster but did not suit up for a game.

Analysis: An impressive preseason earned Boyle, an undrafted free agent, a spot on the Packers' 53-man roster, but he was never activated for a regular-season game with fellow quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and DeShone Kizer suiting up for all 16 contests. Kizer did not show a lot in the two games he saw extended action in, so Boyle could give him a run for his money in 2019.

Dec 31, 2018 12:47 PM EST

Likely to make team

Boyle, an impressive surprise throughout the preseason, is expected to make the 53-man roster, Michael Cohen of The Athletic Wisconsin reports.

Analysis: The Packers offered Boyle a vote of confidence following the decision to ship Brett Hundley off to Seattle. Boyle's impressive preseason appears to have placed the league on notice with multiple reports surfacing suggesting that Boyle would be claimed off waivers should the Packers opt to waive the 23-year-old. With a surge of added value over the past month, Green Bay reportedly feels inclined to keep Boyle around for the time being.

Aug 29, 2018 8:30 AM EST

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