New York Jets waive former CFL quarterback Chris Streveler

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The New York Jets have waived former CFL quarterback Chris Streveler, according to multiple online reports.

The six-foot-one, 216-pound passer struggled in the club’s preseason opener last week, completing just one-of-seven pass attempts for nine yards and rushing once for seven yards. The Jets fell 21-16 to the Cleveland Browns during the NFL’s exhibition opener on a night in which backups Zach Wilson and Tim Boyle outshined Streveler.

As per ESPN reporter Rich Cimini, Streveler injured his throwing thumb on a helmet during the performance and hasn’t been able to practice since.

The 28-year-old was a last-minute addition to the Jets’ training camp in 2022 but captured national attention during the preseason, leading the team 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,” though was still released as part of final roster cuts. He later rejoined the team on the practice roster.

The native of Naperville, Ill. spent the majority of the 2022 season on the Jets’ practice squad, though he was elevated to the active roster on three separate occasions. The dual-threat pivot came off the bench late in the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16, completing 10-of-15 passes for 90 yards while adding a team-high nine carries for 54 yards on the ground in his only action of the year.

The Jets elevated Streveler again a week later, though he did not take any snaps under centre. The move officially vested the quarterback 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.

Streveler previously 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 fan favourite rose to prominence in the CFL amid two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2018-19) during which he completed 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.