After being non-committal regarding his status throughout the week, the New York Jets have elevated former CFL quarterback Chris Streveler from the practice roster for the second straight game.
According to sources, the move officially makes Streveler vested in the NFL pension plan, which provides $19,800 USD annually for life. Compensation is supposed to increase to $22,000 USD annually in 2025 based on expected upward trends in league revenue.
Facing a critical match-up with the Seattle Seahawks, the Jets are hoping to build off of Streveler’s success a week ago. The dual-threat pivot came off the bench against the Jacksonville Jaguars after former second-overall NFL Draft pick Zach Wilson was benched late in the third quarter, completing 10-of-15 passes for 90 yards while adding a team-high nine carries for 54 yards on the ground.
The performance drew praise from head coach Robert Saleh, though Streveler is expected to play more of a package role this week. Wilson has been benched in favour of backup Mike White, who missed last week’s game with a rib injury. Veteran Joe Flacco completes the Jets’ quartet of active quarterbacks.
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 and first elevated him prior to their Week 8 loss to the New England Patriots, though he did not see game action as the fourth-string quarterback. Last week marked the 27-year-old’s first regular season snaps in the Big Apple.
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 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 (7-8) will visit the Seahawks (7-8) on Sunday, January 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. EST at Lumen Field in Seattle.