QB Jeff Driskel - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-4, 234||Born: 4-23-1993||College: Louisiana Tech||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2016|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Dec 14): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report.
General News (Thu Dec 13): practiced fully on Thursday.
Week 15: vs Oakland Raiders
FBG says: Good matchup. Andy Dalton was lost for the season in a Week 12 loss to the Browns. Backup Jeff Driskel has been decent in relief. He has at least taken care of the ball (one interception on 100 attempts this season) and has been relatively efficient (66.6% completion percentage). The problem is that big plays have been few and far between, with Driskel averaging just 6.5 yards per attempt. Most of the issues with the Bengals pass offense are not quarterback related. The Bengals starting offensive tackles are amongst the worst in the league and the matchups the last two weeks against the Broncos (Von Miller and Bradley Chubb) and Chargers (Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram) edge rushers have been brutal. Cincinnati's offensive line will get a reprieve this week against Oakland's toothless pass rush that ranks 32nd in sack percentage. Cincinnati also has issues at wide receiver without A.J. Green. His absence has allowed opposing defenses to devote extra attention to Tyler Boyd, who has still been fairly productive since ascending to WR1. He has at least 52 receiving yards in six straight games. One week after facing arguably the toughest slot cornerback in the league (Desmond King), Boyd will get to face one of the worst (Nick Nelson). Oakland's pass defense allows a league-high 8.4 yards per attempt. The only reason the defense hasn't given up huge yardage totals is that opponents have often built up early leads, which has led to Oakland facing the fewest passing attempts per game (29.5) against. With Khalil Mack traded before the season, the Raiders lack of an impact pass rusher has been glaring. The defense ranks dead last in sack percentage (2.8% of attempts). The Raiders are letting their trio of rookie defensive linemen (Arden Key, Maurice Hurst, and PJ Hall) learn on the job and there have been growing pains. Oakland is also giving up passing touchdowns in bunches, allowing a whopping 31 passing touchdowns already this season. The Raiders have allowed at least two touchdowns to 12 of the 13 quarterbacks they have faced this season.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Jeff Driskel's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
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 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 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.
Latest NewsBengals | Jeff Driskel doesn't do much in win (Sun Dec 16, 07:40 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Jeff Driskel completed just 14-of-33 passes for 130 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Week 15 against the Oakland Raiders and he rushed for 32 yards. link to story Bengals | Jeff Driskel ready to roll in Week 15 (Fri Dec 14, 04:42 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Jeff Driskel (shoulder) practiced in full on Friday, Dec. 14 and he was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 15 game against the Oakland Raiders. link to story Bengals | Week 15 injury report for Cincinnati (Fri Dec 14, 04:35 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion) and CB KeiVarae Russell (finger) did not practice Friday, Dec. 14. Burfict was ruled out for the Week 15 game against the Oakland Raiders, while Russell is listed as doubtful. DE Michael Johnson (concussion), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle) and CB Tony McRae (concussion) were limited participants and are listed as questionable. OT Bobby Hart (knee) was a limited participant, while QB Jeff Driskel (shoulder), WR Alex Erickson (shoulder) and OT Cordy Glenn (back) each practiced in full and were removed from the injury report. link to story Bengals | Jeff Driskel takes part in practice (Thu Dec 13, 06:39 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Jeff Driskel (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 13. link to story Bengals | Full practice for Jeff Driskel (Wed Dec 12, 04:11 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals QB Jeff Driskel (shoulder) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12. link to story More News
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