The New York Jets have elevated former CFL quarterback Chris Streveler to the active roster for their Thursday Night Football matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It marks the second time this season that Streveler has been called up from the practice squad. The Jets previously elevated the 27-year-old for their Week 8 loss to the New England Patriots, though he did not see game action as the fourth-string quarterback. He is expected to be listed as third on the depth chart this week behind Zach Wilson and Joe Flacco, with Mike White sitting out due to a rib injury.
Streveler captured national attention this preseason, leading the Jets to three consecutive victories. He completed 24-of-33 passes for 277 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception while running the ball nine times for 71 yards in what head coach Robert Saleh dubbed “one of the greatest preseasons in the history of football,” but was still released as part of final roster cuts.
The Jets later re-signed Streveler to the practice roster but have since struggled at the quarterback position, with former second-overall NFL Draft pick Zach Wilson losing sole control of the starting job. New York previously teased the possibility of specific packages for the mobile Streveler but has yet to implement it in live game action.
The six-foot-one, 216-pound passer was a last-minute addition to training camp following an off-season stint with the Miami Dolphins. He acknowledged in an interview with the New York Post that he had little to no chance of making the team but was hopeful to potentially garner an opportunity with another NFL team based on the quality of his play.
Streveler has to play only five more NFL regular season games to secure his league pension. He saw action in seven games over two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2020-21) and completed 17-of-25 pass attempts for 141 yards, one touchdown, and one interception with seven carries for 21 yards. The dual-threat passer later had stints with the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins but did not see game action.
The CFL fan favourite rose to prominence in two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2018-19), completing 65 percent of his passes for 2,698 yards, 19 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,167 yards and 22 touchdowns, averaging 5.7 yards per carry.
Streveler was especially effective during Winnipeg’s championship run in 2019, rushing for 82 yards and a touchdown in the West Semi-Final before throwing a touchdown pass to Andrew Harris in the Grey Cup.
The Jets (7-7) will kick off against the Jaguars (6-8) at Met Life Stadium at 8:15 p.m. EST on December 22. Both teams remain in playoff contention.