The Houston Texans appear to be going full galaxy brain mode.
The team revealed on Thursday that backup quarterback Jeff Driskel will be moving over to the tight end position, per Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle. Texans position coach Andy Bischoff added that Driskel’s speed and size should help him make the change, which could lengthen his career.
The former University of Florida star Driskel checks in at 6-foot-4 and 238 pounds. He was known as a versatile athlete in college and even got drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 MLB Draft. Driskel has made nine career starts at the quarterback position, but none have come with the Texans.
The 1-8 Texans no longer need the depth at QB now that Tyrod Taylor has returned from injury. But their tight end spot is a bit of a mess, as Jordan Akins leads the position with 21 catches for 184 yards and zero touchdowns.
Still, this is a pretty unexpected change for the 28-year-old Driskel. The transition from quarterback to tight end is a rare one, though we have seen one well-known player attempt it at the NFL level.
Photo: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) points during Bengals training camp on Aug. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. Mandatory Credit: Albert Cesare / The Enquirer via Imagn Content Services, LLC
The Houston Texans have added yet another quarterback to their roster.
The Texans on Wednesday signed Jeff Driskel to a 1-year deal. The contract is worth up to $2.5 million.
This seems to be another sign that the Texans may not be planning to have Deshaun Watson this season.
Houston signed Tyrod Taylor over the offseason, drafted Davis Mills, and added Ryan Finley. Now they also have Driskel in the mix.
Driskel, 28, originally was a 6th-round pick by San Francisco in 2016. He has passed for 2,120 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 15 career NFL games, including nine starts. Driskel spent last season with Denver but has also played for Detroit and Cincinnati. He visited with the Cowboys earlier this month but did not end up signing with them.
The Dallas Cowboys seem like a likely landing spot for Jeff Driskel, but he has not signed with them yet.
Driskel had a visit at The Star in Frisco, Texas on Friday. A source told the Dallas Morning News that the visit was “great.”
Despite the good visit, Driskel left without a contract.
Dak Prescott should be ready to return from his injury next season. Behind Prescott, the Cowboys have Garrett Gilbert, Ben DiNucci, and Cooper Rush on the depth chart at quarterback.
If signed, Driskel could become the favorite to serve as Prescott’s backup. The 28-year-old was let go by the Broncos earlier in the week. He has passed for 2,120 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 15 career NFL games, including nine starts.
The Denver Broncos are working through some serious issues at the quarterback position.
The Broncos pulled three quarterbacks from practice on Saturday due to contact tracing concerns. Jeff Driskel, who is third on the Broncos’ depth chart at quarterback, tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
According to 9News Broncos reporter Mike Klis, the NFL reviewed tape of the interactions Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles had with Driskel on Wednesday.
Klis says all four quarterbacks are asymptomatic, but there is still a concern about limiting the spread of the virus.
The Broncos are scheduled to host the Saints on Sunday. They are hoping to have all quarterbacks except Driskel cleared to play in the game. Denver is 4-6 this season.
The Denver Broncos stunk it up at home in a 28-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday and even made a quarterback switch late in the game.
Down 28-10 with 10 minutes left, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio went from backup Jeff Driskel to Brett Rypien. Fangio had a few reasons for the decision and pointed out where Driskel went wrong.
“I just wanted to get a new guy in there and see if he could get it out of his hand quicker,” Fangio said of the switch.
Fangio also said Driskel struggled to get the offense in the proper protection schemes.
Driskel, who got the start because Drew Lock is hurt, went 17/30 for 176 yards, a touchdown and an interception. In his lone series, Rypien was 8/9 for 53 yards and an interception.
Denver is now 0-3 and will not get any better while Lock is out. The only good news is that Lock might be able to beat his injury timetable.
The Detroit Lions are officially onto QBs 3 and 4 this season.
Detroit on Saturday placed Jeff Driskel on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. Driskel served as the team’s backup quarterback behind Matthew Stafford and started three games before hurting his hamstring in Week 12. The result was Driskel being unable to start on Thanksgiving against the Chicago Bears. David Blough instead got the start.
Blough will remain the team’s starter moving forward now that Driskel is out the rest of the year.
Detroit made another move by signing Kyle Sloter. Sloter is an undrafted player out of Northern Colorado who starred in the preseason for Minnesota, throwing for 443 yards and four touchdowns in the preseason before being waived and signed by Arizona.
Detroit is now 3-8-1 after a promising 2-0-1 start. They visit Minnesota in Week 14.
Jeff Driskel and the Cincinnati Bengals lost a touchdown during Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers on a controversial overturned call.
With just under six minutes to go in the first half, Cincinnati was trailing the Chargers 14-3. The Bengals had a 3rd-and-goal at the 1 and ran a bootleg. Driskel tucked the ball and tried to run in for a score and appeared to do so. He dived into the end zone and the officials called it a touchdown. However, the scoring play was reviewed and overturned.
Here’s a look at the play:
In real time, it looked like a clear touchdown with Driskel rushing for a 1-yard score. There seemed to be little doubt. But on review, the officials overturned the call, citing a new league rule. The new rule treats head-first dives by a quarterback just like slides. QBs are viewed as giving themselves up and the ball is marked where their bodypart hits the ground.
NFL rules analyst for CBS Sports Gene Steratore explained the ruling in more detail:
And here is the explanation from the officials after the game.
As long as the ball was shy of the goal line when Driskel’s knee was down, then the overturned call was correct based on the new rule. And most fans probably hate the rule, just like they hated the excessive roughing the passer calls this season.
All of these rules seem to be aimed at protecting quarterbacks. They don’t want QBs getting hit. Whether a QB slides or dives, they want quarterbacks protected, which is why they enact these rules.
But then there’s a big loophole: Why are QB sneaks at the goal line allowed if they don’t want quarterbacks diving forward and taking hits? Maybe the league needs to apply some common sense to the inconsistency. There should be an exception for plays at the goal line, where a QB’s clear intent is to be a rusher and score, and when a defender should be allowed to hit them. No way this should have been anything other than a touchdown.
After the TD was overturned, Cincinnati had a false start that backed them up, and they settled for a field goal to make it 14-6. They lost 26-21.
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is reportedly moving on to a new school.
On Sunday, JC Shurburtt of 247Sports.com reported that Driskel has informed other interested schools that he will be transferring to Louisiana Tech. Driskel, the No. 1 quarterback prospect coming out of high school back in 2011, lost his job to freshman quarterback Treon Harris this season.
Driskel has one year of eligibility remaining. Since new Florida head coach Jim McElwain has granted him a release from his scholarship, he will be eligible to play at Louisiana Tech right away.
Louisiana Tech played for the Conference USA championship this season and is looking for someone to replace Cody Sokol at starting quarterback. Sokol threw for 3,436 yard and 30 touchdowns during his senior season.
While Driskel actually played decent in relief of an injured Harris in the Birmingham Bowl on Saturday, it became obvious that he had no future at Florida when he struggled earlier this season. Everyone from this University of Florida legend to one of Driskel’s own teammates called for him to be benched. A fresh start could do him a lot of good.
Well this is awkward.
Florida sophomore wide receiver Demarcus Robinson appears to have voiced his opinion that the Gators need a new starting quarterback much in the same way that a fan would.
No, he didn’t post on a fan message board or call into talk radio, but he did retweet a tweet by GatorZone that posed a call to action, instructing followers to “retweet” if they want to “see a new face at QB” (screenshot at the top).
Robinson later undid the retweet so it doesn’t show up on his timeline. Apparently in response, he sent out this tweet saying he supports all his team’s quarterbacks.
Sure you do, Robinson. We know you feel just like Emmitt Smith on this subject. Don’t worry, the coaches will too before long.
Robinson does have 23 catches for 353 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season, but you know he cares more about having a good offense than good stats.
Helmet smack to Alligator Army
Emmitt Smith was so frustrated watching quarterback Jeff Driskel stink it up for Florida in a 42-21 loss to Alabama on Saturday that he begged the Gators to bench the QB.
Here’s what Smith, a former Gators running back, tweeted during the game:
Though Driskel threw for a touchdown on the Gators’ third possession of the game to tie it at 7 and rushed for a TD in the third to tie the game at 21, his numbers were dreadful. Driskel went 9-of-28 for 93 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He did rush for 59 yards and a score.
After the game, Driskel didn’t seem to be aware of how poor his numbers were.
“We didn’t make the plays and they did,” Driskel said. “We didn’t get it done. It’s a matter of execution.
“It was a game of big plays. Alabama had a lot more than us.”
Bro, you only completed 32 percent of your passes and didn’t even throw for 100 yards. I think it was a lot more than just a matter of execution and big plays. Maybe Emmitt will eventually get his wish.