New Bombers QB Chris Streveler has off the charts athleticism

Chris Streveler is an athletic freak.

He’s turned in a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, posted a 38.5-inch vertical, and fired off a 10-foot, five-inch broad jump – all at six-foot-two, 209 pounds.

Each of the three testing results would have been top among all quarterbacks who attended the 2018 NFL Combine. But take the QB position designation away for a second, and those numbers would be high among any skill position group – and they are certainly elite for signal callers.

Every single NFL franchise had a representative at Streveler’s pro day in March and he worked out privately for the Chicago Bears but went unselected in the 2018 NFL Draft – he actually turned down NFL rookie mini-camp invites to sign in Winnipeg. The Bombers had known about Streveler for a while, putting his name on the team’s negotiation list while he was a senior at the University of South Dakota: Streveler fits the criteria offensive coordinator Paul LaPolice wants for a signal caller in his offence.

The 23-year-old was a captain and led the Coyotes to the FCS playoffs for the first time in program history as a senior. Streveler completed 65.7 per cent of his passes for 4,134 yards, 32 touchdowns against eight interceptions while rushing for 720 yards and 11 touchdowns on 168 carries (4.3 yards-per-carry-average) during 13 games in his senior season for South Dakota. For his efforts, Streveler was named an FCS first-team All-American at quarterback.

Streveler actually earned a Masters degree in sports management from the University of Minnesota prior to transferring from the Golden Gophers to South Dakota. And he was an FCS Academic All-Star team selection in Vermillion, South Dakota while working towards a Masters in kinesiology.

Athleticism, leadership, smarts and production are clearly key traits in what LaPolice looks for in quarterbacks and Streveler checked each box.

The ability to be a fast learner and absorb new information was evident by the 10-for-10, 140-yard, one touchdown performance in Winnipeg’s first pre-season game. So to was the athleticism as Streveler rushed for times for 37 yards, including a 20-yard chunk. However, there was a road bump against the B.C. Lions in the second exhibition outing and Streveler regressed, connecting on just 3-of-9 throws.

“It’s called playing against real competition,” one source said.

Streveler needs to put those quick-study academic qualities to use as he faces the Eskimos first-string defence. Winnipeg head coach Mike O’Shea said Streveler will be the No. 1 quarterback for the CFL lid-lifter in The Peg Thursday against Edmonton.

“A better QB is a phone call away. It sure seems like a major gamble,” another source added.

That’s a fair categorization of the Bombers decision, but young players, especially quarterbacks, need opportunities to develop at some point. Streveler will be the first quarterback since Anthony Calvillo with the Las Vegas Posse in 1994 to be the Week 1 starting quarterback of a CFL team straight out of university (ace stats man Steve Daniel deserves credit). Calvillo went 12-of-28 for 170 yards with three touchdown passes and more importantly no interceptions as the Posse beat the Sacramento Gold Miners 36-32.

That role of the dice worked out well for Calvillo in the end. The Bombers would take anything close to it from Streveler as he begins his CFL career.

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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33 Comments on New Bombers QB Chris Streveler has off the charts athleticism

  1. Macavity // June 13, 2018 at 12:13 pm //

    Here’s a quote from a ‘source’ for you:

    “Of all QBs in the league who did not start in the CFL last year, Streveler has played the most meaningful football in the last 6 months.”

    ‘Real competition’ in B.C.? Behind none of our starting O-line, with no Dressler, Adams, Bowman, Demski, or ANDREW HARRIS. Yeah, that wasn’t real.

    Not expecting him to be lights out, but no one airlifted in is going to do better being rustier and not knowing the offence.

  2. It is ironic that this is the exact vocabulary that was used to describe Nic Grigsby, the former Bomber running back. He was released by the Bobmers in 2014. He had a smattering of success in the CFL and did not stick long term anywhere. The problem was his Ego, not his athleticism. I hope the same fate does not descend upon Streveler.

    • What an unusual parallel to draw. Grigsby and Streveler literally have nothing in common. Grigsby was an RB, Streveler a QB. Grigsby bounced around the NFL, CFL, and UFL for years before landing in Winnipeg at the age of 26. Streveler went to Winnipeg directly after NCAA at age 23.

      If your sole criteria for comparison is that they are both described as athletic, that applies to pretty much every player in the CFL. What an absolutely clueless, ignorant comment.

  3. Not to take anything away from Strevler’s impressive testing numbers, but Lamar Jackson didn’t run or jump at the NFL combine, so your second paragraph should have an asterisk.

    I’m excited to see what he can do tomorrow against Edmonton’s questionable defense.

    • Paul Bomber // June 13, 2018 at 1:11 pm //

      I think it may be an overstatement to call Edm’s D questionable…. this is the team most are picking to win the West. That said, if I had to have a pro and CFL rookie in at QB, this is the guy I’d want by a mile. But I think we need an outstanding game from the D if we’re going to be in this game.

      • Macavity // June 13, 2018 at 1:22 pm //

        Paul, maybe look at who the Esks have starting in the defensive backfield for this particular game! 🙂

  4. A d a m
    Yes that is exactly the point. The articles comparison not the position

    • Care to try again, in English this time? I don’t see the article mentioning Grigsby.

  5. Will be a great story if it works out. Blue Bomber D has to be stout.

  6. Scottsask // June 13, 2018 at 1:11 pm //

    Wow, my interest is piqued. Looking forward to Thursday night!

  7. Nice find with great potential! Its tough to be thrown into the fire right off the bat but there is hope for Strevler. Edmonton’s defence will be short its top 3 DBs in this match.

    • lol if the eskimoes lose they have excuses, never ends with deadmonton and its whiny fans 😀

  8. I like what I’ve seen from Streveler so far. He needs to learn how to look off the DBs – – that’s what caused the pick six against BC – – but he’s definitely got the potential to be a legit starter. MUCH more potential than the mediocre scrub Matt Nichols.

    • TruBlu58 // June 13, 2018 at 1:45 pm //

      Area51, Streveler’s potential MIGHT prove out, and I’m hoping it does. But to call Nichols a mediocre scrub is absolute hyperbole – take a look at his W-L and QB rating over the past two seasons. I usually agree with your comments, but your comment is bordering on trolling.

      • You’re never going to win when it matters – – in the playoffs – – with a scrub like Nichols running that feeble pop gun offence.

        Take a look at the last two seasons – – both years one-and-done in the post season.

        Nichols has no athletic ability to get outside the pocket and scramble. And he’s incapable of throwing downfield beyond 15yds. That’s the definition of a scrub QB.

        This is why I’ve explained that having to start the rookie QB is the best thing that’s happened to the Bombers since Joke Mack was finally euthanized.

        At least with Streveler there’s some potential for a championship. With Nichols as the starter, it’s hopeless. Winnipeg has ZERO chance to win a Grey Cup with him at QB.

        • Garcia98 // June 13, 2018 at 4:05 pm //

          AreaGuy – Why don’t you help all of us and give us a ranking of all the QB’s in the CFL? You can start at the top with bad, then worse, even worse, horrible, and finally WTF! Thank you.

        • Bomber Fan In The Stands // June 13, 2018 at 9:28 pm //

          I take a drink everytime Area 51 calls Lapo’s offense, “pop gun.”

        • Curious…what exactly is a pop gun offence?

    • He’s looking good. You can see the progression the Bomber management have taken where they have a nice pipeline of developing talent. A far cry from where they were before.

      As for the scrub Nichols… I don’t understand how ALL the other QB’s faltered and this scrub led them straight to the playoffs. Check out his scrub stats… probably the best SCRUB I’ve ever seen!!

    • is that your only material you possess is putting down matt nichols who was the 2nd best qb in the league last year wow talk about no life says the same ol shyt column after column

  9. Joe Blow // June 13, 2018 at 1:48 pm //

    A couple things most pundits are overlooking….for starters, he’s got the league’s best Oline in front of him. Second, he’s got arguably the most dangerous set of offensive weapons at his disposal. Third, Edmonton is missing Grymes, Adams, and Colquhoun in the secondary. Not to mention a much improved Bomber defense. This kid doesn’t have to shoot the lights out tomorrow. Use the weapons at his disposal, use his legs, and don’t turn the ball over. This is a very winnable game for the Blue.

  10. Wpg was 6 points away from a grey cup win with a QB in 2007 who hadn’t started a game. Yes the QB is an important cog, but defense can win championships and keep teams in games.

    Barring any massive turnovers (and I don’t expect Lapo to be calling a lights out barnstorm offense tomorrow), this is going to be a defensive shootfest. Best defense wins.

    • Still Waiting // June 14, 2018 at 8:01 am //

      Ryan Dinwiddie had no hand in getting the Bombers to the Grey Cup game. He lost his only start of the year. Game was close, but poor depth caught the Bombers in a game they had no business losing. Life goes on.

  11. BigBlue // June 13, 2018 at 5:04 pm //

    If the Bombers don’t win by at least 10 points tomorrow I will be shocked. That secondary of Edmonton is going to get roasted. Edmonton front 4 is not as good as last year and the Edmonton offense with the loss of Bowman and Zylstra are not as strong either. Bombers D will be all over Reily tomorrow night.

  12. Area51 – No mobility and can’t throw downfield more than 15 yards. Sounds more like Ricky Ray you are referring to.

  13. Edward Leslie // June 14, 2018 at 5:46 am //

    I’m pumped about the start of another football season.
    What better way to start the year than a game with my two favourite teams, the Eskimos and Bombers?

    I wish Chris Streveler luck in his first game. I hope he does well.

    In my opinion, the CFL has a bit of a crisis: Not enough good young quarterbacks coming up.
    We’ve lost two of our very best in recent years, Anthony Calvillo and Henry Burris. Who replaces that kind of talent?
    Now Ricky Ray, Kevin Glenn and Travis Lulay are getting close to retirement too and Mike Reilly, Matt Nichols, Zach Collaros & Trevor Harris are in their 30s.
    So, it’s important for the CFL that guys like Streveler, Johnny Manziel, James Franklin and Brandon Bridge
    do well.

  14. Still Waiting // June 14, 2018 at 7:56 am //

    Lets stick to facts.
    Durant retirement news came out May 11. Some talk the Bombers knew the week before but regardless they had 6 weeks to go before opening day. Bombers chose at that time go forward with the same one quarterback plan as the previous year. Looks like a poor decision at this time so they spin it that Matt Nichols will be back sooner than later and O Shea says they like what they have. Hope I do not offend anyone with how I see it.

    • BlueBomberChris // June 14, 2018 at 10:19 am //

      Or here’s a novel idea…maybe they are telling the truth that he is only gone 4-6 weeks. At this point the Durant situation is what it is with a large he said/she said segment. Who would you have the Bombers bring in at this point? Even if it was after the injury you’re looking at 2-4 wks for getting into game shape/learning the playbook, etc. so at that point Nichols would almost be back and you possibly impeded the development of your other roster QB’s.

      Plus let’s be honest in the CFL you can have a rough start in the first 1/3 and still make the playoffs. If we hold at around .500 or a game below we’ll be fine when Nichols comes back

  15. Dictionary // June 14, 2018 at 2:07 pm //

    I looked the definition up:
    Pop gun offence is an offence that is called out for apparently being the reason for losing the last two playoff games while putting up 767 yards passing and 960 yards of total offence.
    Bonus definition:
    Mediocre scrub is the quarterback who threw for 761 yards as well as 5 touchdowns and completed 69% of his passes in those two playoff games.
    Bonus definition 2:
    Area 51 is *definitioninappropriate*
    Never mind

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