Former CFL quarterback Chris Streveler shines in second preseason game with New York Jets

Photo: AP/Matt Slocum

Former CFL quarterback Chris Streveler saw action in the New York Jets’ preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night and made the most of his opportunity — again.

The six-foot-one, 216-pound passer completed eight-of-eleven pass attempts for 119 yards, one touchdown, and one interception and rushed six times for 33 yards to lead his team to a 24-16 victory.

Streveler entered the game early in the third quarter with his team down 16-3 and immediately breathed life into New York’s offence. He led an eight-play, 74-yard drive that ended with a 34-yard touchdown pass over the middle to tight end Lawrence Cager.

The Jets forced the Falcons into a three-and-out on the ensuing drive before Streveler led the offence to another touchdown. The drive covered 76 yards over eight plays and ended with a seven-yard carry by running back La’Mical Perine, giving New York its first lead at 17-16.

The defence extended the lead to 24-16 moments later when edge rusher Bradlee Anae returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown. Streveler’s second-last series ended with an interception to defensive back Teez Tabor, though the ball was originally in the hands of receiver Denzel Mins. New York’s final series ended with Streveler kneeling out the victory.

“It’s the second time in a row he’s done a really good job,” said head coach Robert Saleh after the game. “He goes out there in the third quarter today, fourth quarter last week and he executes at — with the exception of one pass — near perfection. He’s a warrior and a fighter and it’s been cool to watch him play.”

“This week he did get reps, but up until last week he hadn’t gotten a rep and you just sit back there and you pay attention and you take notes and you learn. It’s all mental for him.”

Streveler entered last week’s preseason game late and led the Jets to a 24-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, completing six-of-nine pass attempts for 62 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball twice for 31 yards.

The 27-year-old acknowledged in a recent interview with the New York Post that his chances of making the team’s roster are very low. Zach Wilson, the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, remains firmly entrenched as the team’s starter despite suffering a bone bruise and meniscus tear, while former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco is a capable backup.

Mike White, New York’s incumbent third-string quarterback, started the game and completed 12-of-17 pass attempts for 90 yards and one carry for one yard in a little over one half of action.