The Detroit Lions haven’t made major changes to their quarterback room before the 2022 season, and in one case, that may not be in their favor at all.
Not only is Jared Goff back, but his reserve midfielders are also David Blough and Tim Boyle. Last season, when Goff was unable to play due to injury, the Lions switched to Boyle and are likely to rematch in 2022. That’s not good news according to a new ranking list.
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Pro Football Network has ranked every fallback in the NFL, and the Lions’ situation isn’t that high at all. In fact, it ranks 30th in the NFL out of 32 with Tim Boyle, which means only two worse teams. Screenwriter Mike Kaye admits that in his mind, Boyle can be a bit inconsistent to be considered stable.
“Boyle was asked to start three games last season, and the results were difficult. Though he showed some lightning prowess, the Lions couldn’t afford to let Jared Goff fall again this year. The previous sentence explains why Boyle is this short,” Kaye wrote in the section.
To say Boyle is unattractive as a backup might be an overstatement, but the Lions have held him back, so they’ll hope that he can improve. However, this ranking might not give much of a chance of that to happen, given how heavily he has placed.
Lions stuck with 2021 backup This case
Early in the season, the Lions decided to stay with Boyle and Blough, re-signing both to new deals. Before that was Detroit’s backup last year, which saw action in five games while making three starts. Boyle threw 3 touchdowns to 6 interceptions, and as Kaye wrote, sometimes looks good while sometimes bad. That contradiction is not what the Lions are looking for as a backup. Blough played more in the pre-season, but was never given the chance to showcase his talent in the regular season, even when Boyle struggled at times. That’s puzzling, when he throws 1,033 yards and 4 touchdowns in the NFL with 7 interceptions. That’s not much worse than Boyle. However, Boyle had great moments like this throw against Atlanta:
Neither player looks like a long-term solution, and hopefully the Lions don’t need to use Boyle much this season. Injuries still happen in the league, though, so it might not be a comforting thing to see the Lions set to go head-to-head with the same guy who had last year’s best below-average results.
Boyle Career Highlights & Statistics
Since joining the Packers before signing with Detroit, Boyle has earned his fan following thanks to the way he performed during the off-season, training camp and pre-season. Boyle did not register nor touch the ball or intercept the NFL, and only had 15 yards to score. Even so, Boyle had some decent stats in college, throwing 3,371 yards, 12 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. He played at UCONN before moving to Eastern Kentucky. Boyle played for the final three seasons in Green Bay, primarily cleaning before heading to Detroit.
Here are some of Boyle’s highlights from playing for the Packers in pre-season:
Boyle has shown good passing and is confident in the lead, so the Lions will have to hope he can shake off his mistakes and improve. However, at this point, not many people put their faith in the Lions sub situation or Boyle specifically.
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