Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea has named rookie Chris Streveler as the team’s starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Edmonton Eskimos.
“It’s going to be Chris Streveler,” O’Shea responded when asked after practice on Monday.
“We said it would be an evaluation of everything they’ve done up until this point, and we just feel he’s won that competition.”
Streveler was competing with second-year pivot Alex Ross for the No. 1 QB job after Matt Nichols was declared to be out four-to-six weeks with a knee injury. The rookie pivot took the initial first-team snaps at quarterback for the Bombers at practice on Monday.
“I thought he did very well through camp and played well in the games. He gives us a good chance to go out there and lead the team and win games,” O’Shea said. “In the end, Chris Streveler won the job.”
Streveler went 10-of-10 for 140 yards with one touchdown and rushed four times for 37 yards in Winnipeg’s first pre-season game. He followed that up by completing 3-of-9 attempts for 44 yards with one touchdown and one interception and two carries for five yards in the Bombers pre-season finale.
“The word processing. He gets through the playbook and the plays that are called very quickly. He retains the information,” O’Shea said. “He makes good, decisions and then comes the athleticism.”
O’Shea was asked if any special precautions will be taken with the first-year pivot.
“I’m going to go tuck him in at night,” O’Shea said with a smile.
“He’s a pro athlete. He’s going to be just fine. We’re not going to limit the playbook.”