QB Jeff Driskel - Detroit Lions
|6-4, 234||Born: 4-23-1993||College: Louisiana Tech||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2016|
2019 Week 10 vs CHI (27 / 46 / 269 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 37 / 0 rush)
Jeff Driskel drew the start in replacement of an injured Matthew Stafford on the road against the Bears on Sunday. Driskel brought a mobile element to the offense and he was comfortable scrambling and throwing on the move. He had a good rhythm early in the game but struggled as the game went on and was hurt by untimely offensive penalties that kept him behind the chains, particularly in the second half. He also had multiple drops from his receivers. Driskel has not played this season, which showed as he struggled with game management including a delay of game and a short crossing route late in a comeback attempt that effectively ran out the clock on the game. Driskel threw a long touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay, but also added a bad interception on a telegraphed throw. If he gets another opportunity to start, Driskel will provide a running threat but is a clear downgrade in the passing game for the Detroit offense. He would face a tough Dallas defense next week.
2019 Week 11 vs DAL (15 / 26 / 209 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 51 / 1 rush)
Jeff Driskel started in place of Matthew Stafford for the second consecutive game on Sunday. Driskel struggles with his progressions as a passer and is quick to pull the ball down and run. Driskel was an effective runner on Sunday, including a keeper on a zone read for a touchdown, which creates a strong weekly fantasy floor. Driskel was effective as a passer, throwing for two touchdowns, both to Marvin Jones. The first was a well-executed scramble drill where Driskel threw to Marvin Jones along the backline of the end zone. The second was a deep dig route where Jones was able to break tackles for a touchdown. Driskel will get a good matchup next week against Washington if Stafford misses another game. His passing is a liability to the offense, but he is tough and a good runner with plenty of fantasy viability in any week Stafford misses.
2019 Week 12 vs WAS (20 / 33 / 207 / 1 / 3 pass, 9 / 63 / 0 rush)
Jeff Driskel struggled against Washington in a loss on Sunday in place of injured starter Matthew Stafford. Driskel threw a touchdown in the red zone on a play-action pass to a wide-open Logan Thomas and added 63 yards on the ground in both designed quarterback runs and scrambles. Driskel struggles as a progression passer and frequently takes off as a runner after his first or second read is not open. He had an opportunity for a better game, missing two deep throws to Marvin Jones, including one that would have been a touchdown. Driskel threw three picks, including an underthrown deep target to Marvin Hall, and an inexcusable throw to Marvin Jones over the middle that gave Washington the ball on their game-winning drive. Driskel's last interception was a short throw on the final play of the game. Driskel has a high fantasy floor because of his running ability, but his struggles as a passer hurt the Detroit offense. He will face the Bears on Thanksgiving.
2018 Week 12 vs CLE (17 / 29 / 155 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 9 / 1 rush)
Driskel came on for an injured Dalton and acquitted himself fairly well. In fact, he was able to lead a couple touchdown drives and made the game mildly interesting late. He showed off his big arm with a dart between a pair of defenders to Tyler Boyd for a 28-yard touchdown. The Bengals didn't do much to take advantage of Driskel's athleticism but likely will moving forward with time to game plan for him as starter. Driskel did score a 2-yard rushing touchdown on a bizarre quarterback sneak. He burrowed forward and was somehow able to keep pushing forward until he broke the plane. Driskel made a big-time throw on the run to for a long gain to Boyd but the play was called back due to an illegal shift, which basically ended any hopes of a miracle comeback.
2018 Week 13 vs DEN (25 / 37 / 236 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
Driskel threw a miserable interception late, making the awful decision to heave it down the middle of the field into coverage while falling away to avoid pressure. Aside from that mistake, he looked a capable NFL quarterback. In fact, very little blame for the offensive struggle against the Broncos falls on Driskel. For most of the game, he was on time and on target when throwing. He also showed his athleticism on a couple of designed runs. It was surprising the Bengals didn't incorporate more designed quarterback runs. The failure to design a game plan to take advantage of his full skillset is an indictment of the Bengals offensive braintrust. The passing game was completely doomed to failure by the disastrous performance of the Bengals offensive line. When they weren't giving up sacks, they were committing costly penalties. In fact, every single Bengals offensive lineman had drawn at least one flag by midway through the second quarter. Driskel showed a nice arm and solid rapport with Tyler Boyd and CJ Uzomah. He hit Boyd for some big gains down the seams. Driskel also hit Cody Core for a 30-yard touchdown in the third quarter on a post route.
2018 Week 14 vs LAC (18 / 27 / 170 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
Driskel was again solid in relief of Dalton. Most importantly, he played mistake-free football. The Bengals didn't turn the ball over at all despite facing a fierce pass rush. The one real negative aspect of Driskel's performance was accuracy on short throws. He sailed a pass over the head of John Ross on what should have been an easily completed out route. On the other hand, Driskel showed his arm strength and solid accuracy on the more difficult downfield throws. He zipped one in to Tyler Boyd for a 19-yard gain. He put a lot of steam on a later 20-yard completion to Boyd as well. Driskel scrambled for nine yards on an early 3rd-and-4, showing excellent speed to get the edge and turn it up along the sideline. He was robbed of a short rushing touchdown. He dove head-first into the end zone and the play was initially ruled a touchdown. However, on review it was ruled that quarterbacks give themselves up when they dive and he was thus marked down just shy of the end zone and the Bengals were instead forced to settle for a field goal. Driskel led a 79-yard touchdown drive just before halftime, capped off with a 6-yard touchdown pass to John Ross. Driskel showed good pocket awareness to step up and buy time for Ross to come wide open on the crossing route. Driskel led a touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter to brings
2018 Week 15 vs OAK (14 / 33 / 130 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 32 / 0 rush)
Driskel had his first really rough outing despite getting his first career win as a starter. His downfield passes were off all day long. Driskel had John Ross open deep for what could have been a long touchdown in the first quarter. However, he under threw the pass, leaving it five yards too short and it was instead intercepted. Late in the first half, Driskel had Tyler Boyd wide open for what should have been a 20-yard touchdown and again misfired badly. His balls were sailing high and he was simply off target most of the game. Driskel threw a strike on a slant route to Tyler Boyd for a 7-yard touchdown for his only real highlight of the day through the air. He did at least make some big plays with his legs. Just inside the red zone and facing 3rd-and-8, Driskel was able to scramble for a 13-yard gain to setup a touchdown. He showed nice speed and even made a man miss to get the first down. On a later 3rd-and-10, Driskel outraced a defender to the edge and was able to tiptoe along the sideline for a 13-yard gain.
2018 Week 16 vs CLE (13 / 19 / 133 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 21 / 0 rush)
The Bengals knew the Browns were going to mostly play with a single high safety and blitz on nearly every down but they still failed miserably to execute against the scheme. The first half was an unmitigated disaster for Driskel and the passing offense. He completed just two passes for a total of three yards while losing 18 yards on a pair of sacks. The passing offense netted -15 passing yards in the first half, though it was hard to fault Driskel. He had pressure in his face on nearly every drop back. He picked up positive yardage on a couple of early designed runs, as the Bengals finally took advantage of his speed. Driskel's worst throw of the day was an awful decision and the only reason it wasn't intercepted is that two Browns nearly collided as the ball hit one in the chest. Driskel was able to end the game on a positive note as he led a pair of touchdown drives late to bring the Bengals to within one score. He threw the ball with velocity and accuracy in the fourth quarter, fitting it in to some tight windows to C.J. Uzomah and Alex Erickson. Driskel hit Uzomah in the back corner of the end zone on a perfectly placed high throw that the big tight end went up and grabbed for a 14-yard touchdown. Driskel also bought time and rolled left before hitting John Ross for a 3-yard touchdown.
2018 Week 17 vs PIT (12 / 24 / 95 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)
The Bengals passing offense netted 71 yards on 28 passing plays. While not all of that rests on Driskel's shoulders, averaging less than 3.0 yards per pass play points to a failure at all levels. The biggest issue for the Bengals offense remains the offensive line. Rookie center Billy Price was awful with his snaps, causing Driskel to have to reach to grab off-target snaps, which caused the timing to be off on a few plays. Pass protection was also a major problem. The Bengals allowed four sacks. Bobby Hart struggled to stay in front of T.J. Watt and miscommunications were an issue between the guards and tackles, which also led to a pair of sacks. Driskel picked up a couple of third and long in the first quarter. On one, he squeezed it in to Alex Erickson over the middle for a 13-yard gain. A few plays later, he scrambled for a 12-yard gain to keep the chains moving, showing off his 4.5 speed to beat speedy linebacker Bud Dupree around the corner.