Tim Boyle to start on Sunday, could also play Thanksgiving game amid Detroit Lions QB stream, sources say
Detroit Lions quarterback Tim Boyle will make his first NFL start on Sunday in Cleveland against the Browns as Jared Goff continues to recover from an oblique injury, league sources told ESPN.
Goff is unlikely to be recovered soon enough for Detroit’s Thanksgiving game against the Chicago Bears, leaving Boyle with the opportunity to make a fresh start for the Lions.
The Lions haven’t addressed what would happen if Boyle played well, but there is a belief around the league that Detroit’s quarterback situation for this season and beyond is very changeable.
Detroit gave Boyle a one-year, $ 2.5 million contract that included a $ 1 million signing bonus, with the idea of potentially auditioning him for a first job.
Boyle impressed during training camp, but broke his thumb and missed the next eight weeks. He only recently returned to training and is still not as sharp as he could be, but the Lions are in awe of his intelligence and attitude.
Asked about Boyle last week, Lions head coach Dan Campbell replied, “Let me say this about Tim Boyle – he doesn’t trust him, I can tell you.”
Boyle, when asked how he would approach Sunday’s game, said: “I’m going to meditate, I’m going to breathe, talk to my family, I’m going to study and go to bed, it’s easy. It’s the football. I have been playing football since I was 6 years old. “
But the Lions quarterback’s options also go beyond Boyle. If he struggles on Sunday, the Lions could turn to David Blough, who will be the No. 2 quarterback, popular among his teammates and appreciated within the organization.
The Lions are expected to have two first-round draft picks next year, so they will also potentially have the opportunity to approach quarterback at that point. But with Goff sidelined, Boyle will now have a chance to further impress the Lions and retain the starting position.
Boyle, 27, has spent the last three seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He played eight games last season but hasn’t attempted a pass.