NY Jets could use QB Chris Streveler again in Week 17
In many ways, Chris Streveler stole the show in the NY Jets' 19-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football a week ago. The journeyman practice squad quarterback was inserted into the game in the second quarter in place of the struggling Zach Wilson.
While Streveler's shortcomings were evident and he ultimately didn't lead the Jets to any points, the fans at MetLife Stadium that night rallied around the former CFL star and immediately embraced him
With Mike White set to return in Week 17, the Jets won't have to worry about benching Wilson for the well-traveled Streveler. However, that doesn't mean the team isn't interested in using him again.
Head coach Robert Saleh was asked on Monday if the Jets plan to use Streveler again this week, and Saleh left the door open. He said that the Jets are thinking about using Streveler in a package he compared to the ones the New Orleans Saints run with Taysom Hill.
Could we see the NY Jets use Chris Streveler in Week 17?
That said, Saleh also admitted that it might be difficult due to roster gymnastics. Streveler remains on the practice squad and has already been elevated twice. The Jets can elevate him one more time before they run out of elevations.
On top of that, teams are only permitted to elevate two players each week. The Jets have been using one of those elevations on safety Will Parks, although with Lamarcus Joyner set to return on Sunday, perhaps they don't have to.
Practice squad transactions are a part of the weekly roster gymnastics that NFL teams must manage. If the Jets elevate Streveler this week, they would have to sign him to the active roster (giving them four quarterbacks) if they plan to use him again in the future.
Streveler's limitations are obvious, but there's no denying he provided a spark for the Jets' offense when inserted last week. The 27-year-old veteran finished with nine rushes for 54 yards while going 10-of-15 for 90 yards in the air.
The Jets were able to drive all the way to the Jaguars' 13-yard line before failing to capitalize. On a later possession, they got to the Jaguars' 34-yard line before turning it over on downs again.
Streveler was able to move the ball, and that was with him actually running the offense as opposed to running his select package.
The Jets would love to spice up their offense with Chris Streveler on Sunday, but whether they do or not remains to be seen. We should have our answer by Saturday when practice squad elevations are announced.