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QB Chris Streveler Debuts for NY Jets, Provides Spark in TNF Loss

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Legend and Grey Cup champion Chris Streveler got an opportunity on Thursday Night Football. The former CFL cult hero came in late in the third quarter to replace an ineffective Zach Wilson. While Streveler didn’t lead the Jets to a remarkable comeback or even put-up points for the Jets he did effectively lead the Jets on some of their more successful drives and managed to pass Wilson in yardage with only three opportunities.

Streveler appearing in this TNF bout extends his streak of playing in NFL games over the past three seasons. Since winning the Grey Cup and signing with the Cardinals Streveler had appeared in seven NFL games throwing for 141 yards and 1 Passing Touchdown, Streveler also added 21 yards on 7 carries before being waived in November by the Cardinals.

Streveler would have stints with the Ravens and Dolphins before picked up by the Jets. Despite a dynamic preseason where he through 5 touchdowns on 277 yards in three games Streveler would be cut and resigned to the practice squad remaining with the team since August.

Streveler would be an afterthought for the Jets despite the unrest in the Jets QB room. Due to a Mike White injury, resistance to seeing Joe Flacco, and an ineffective Zach Wilson, Streveler was thrusted into Thursday Night’s bout vs, the Jaguars with the playoffs on the line. Streveler would throw for 90 yards (compared to Wilson’s 92) and add 54 yards on the ground via 9 carries. Despite the lack of points Streveler and the Jets would put up, the Offense was continuing to progress forward compared to the barrage of three and outs put up by Wilson.

For fans of the Blue Bombers this isn’t much of a surprise as Streveler has always been a dynamic “Taysom Hill” esque QB for teams. While in Canada Streveler led the CFL in Rushing touchdowns and would total 22 over two seasons on the ground and add another 19 through the air. In the 2019 Grey Cup many remember Streveler threw a Touchdown Pass, added 30 yards rushing, and adding a reception. Streveler’s larger than life personality also made him a cult-hero a trend that has followed him to the United States.

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Winnipeg Blue Bomber quarterback Chris Streveler in cutoff jean shorts, a fur coat, cowboy hat and a large gold chain dances during the celebrations at The Fork after the parade. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers parade their way through the streets of Winnipeg as the 2019 Grey Cup Champions, moving through the famous intersection of Portage and Main to The Forks where they celebrated with fans with lots of dancing and hugs. 191126 – Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

For Streveler his late game cameo for the Jets may have solidified another opportunity in the NFL for the former Blue Bomber. With opportunities so rare for players like Streveler it’s so crucial that every time he comes on the field that he continues to provide a spark each chance he gets.

While Streveler didn’t put together the amazing comeback, we’ve been so accustomed to seeing in prime-time games he did manage to put a bit of life in the anemic offense the Jets have been putting together for the past two weeks with Zach Wilson at the helm. With 10 days till the Jets Week 17 game, it’s not out of the realm of possibility to see Streveler’s role increase in the Jets offense especially with how effective he was in the running game. Regardless for fans of the Blue Bombers and CFL it’s great to see Streveler continue to play on football’s “highest” level.

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