South Dakota football alum Chris Streveler might need just had “one among the best (NFL) preseasons within the history of football.”
At the least, that is based on Recent York Jets head coach Robert Saleh. He made the remarks to Jets reporters after Streveler led Recent York to a 3rd come-from-behind victory in three games by hitting Jets rookie wide receiver Calvin Jackson Jr. for a touchdown with only 22 seconds remaining within the Jets’ game against the Giants.
He finished the preseason with 277 passing yards, a 72.7 completion percentage, five touchdowns and 120.9 passer rating while throwing two game-winning touchdown passes and winning a game he entered down 16-3.
Streveler, needing something astounding to emerge out of the Jets’ crowded preseason quarterback room, produced just that. He still has to beat out Jets backups Mike White and Joe Flacco, who each have had an extended NFL tenure, however the preseason numbers create optimism Streveler’s now-two-year NFL profession will proceed with Recent York or elsewhere.
Here’s a breakdown of the previous USD star’s preseason.
Game 1 vs. Philadephia Eagles
Streveler’s first drive of the Jets’ first preseason game got here with two minutes remaining within the third quarter and his first first moments as a Jets quarterback weren’t too explosive. He went three-and-out on his first drive because the Jets punted back to the Eagles.
But then, the madness began. The primary time on his next drive he was in a position to make a play, he scrambled for 8 yards. Then he threw a pass for 29. After which 11. He threw his first touchdown pass of the preseason, a 1-yard strike to tight end Jeremy Ruckert with 8:10 to make it 17-14 Recent York. But then the Eagles got here down for an additional rating, putting Streveler in his first come-from behind situation with 1:40 left.
The Jets’ Zonovan Knight returned a kick 53 yards to begin the drive, and Streveler did most of the remaining. He connected on passes of 14 and 23 yards, giving the Jets time to run down the clock. With 16 seconds remaining, Streveler hit Jackson Jr. for his second rating. Streveler finished 6/9 passing for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Recent York won 27-24.
Game 2 vs. Atlanta Falcons
The Jets couldn’t get anything together before Streveler entered with 11:38 remaining within the third quarter. Recent York trailed 16-3, having only one drive that went for greater than 24 yards in the primary few quarters after which some.
Streveler almost immediately threw for a touchdown. He hit on passes of 23 an 18, quickly. Then he found Jets tight end Lawrence Cager for a 32-yard catch-and-run rating.
The subsequent drive, the Jets scored again. He scrambled for 7 yards, then hit on passes of 11 and 12 before the Jets turned to the run game, at which point Streveler mixed in a 14-yard scramble. Jets running back La’Mical Perine scored the go-ahead touchdown, and Streveler would throw an interception the following drive, but a fumble return touchdown solidified Streveler’s second victory of the preseason. He finished the sport 8-for-11 passing for 119 yards, a touchdown and his only interception of the preseason.
“It isn’t just me,” Streveler said after the sport. “There’s a variety of guys on the market just making plays. And I feel everyone’s feeding off of it.”
Game 3 vs. Recent York Giants
By this point of the preseason, the legend of Chris Streveler was already well-known. His play in previous games was the topic of diverse Jets beat writers’ podcasts and Tweets, blaming anybody but Streveler for the one interception he threw prior to the Jets’ preseason finale.
Streveler didn’t enter the sport against the Giants until there was 11:47 remaining in the sport. Flacco earned the beginning for the Jets and White earned a bulk of the playing time in the course of the sport. The Giants led 24-17 when Streveler entered, and as he had done every game before then, he threw a touchdown pass on his first drive.
The seven-play, 80-yard drive consisted of short, chain-moving passes before he hit Denzel Mims for a 29-yard rating. Streveler threw an interception, but it surely ended up being a positive play for the Jets because the Giants were called for pass interference, which allowed Streveler’s drive to proceed.
The Giants marched down the sector and scored a go-ahead touchdown with 2:02 left. An excessive amount of time. Streveler kept moving down the sector quickly, scrambling for 7 yards on the primary play, hitting on passes of six, 13, three, 11 after which he drew a 23-yard pass interference call on the Giants. The Jets got to the 10, then the five and with 22 seconds left, Streveler floated a pass to Jackson Jr. for the game-winning rating. He finished 10-for-13 passing for 96 yards and two touchdowns. He did it again.
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