Leave it to Jets fans to go overboard. For a fanbase that aside from the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns, is probably the most tortured fanbase in the National Football League, Jets fans sure do know how to react, or in some cases, overact to anything regarding their team. The latest example comes from the trimming of the roster to the league-mandated 53-man roster. Of the cuts was — not surprisingly — fourth-string quarterback Chris Streveler.
Streveler played very well this summer. He threw for 277 yards and five touchdowns and led three comeback victories against the Eagles, Falcons, and Giants in preseason action, but again it’s PRESEASON! Streveler, a career journeyman with only 25 passes in the NFL was a longshot to make the team based on several factors.
1) The Jets are committed to Zach Wilson as their franchise quarterback. They drafted him second overall two springs ago for that very reason.
2) Joe Flacco is a 17-year veteran with a Super Bowl MVP.
3) Mike White proved he can play in this League as a starter when called upon.
In short, when it comes to forming a roster, it’s a numbers game, and Streveler was never going to make the club, especially in a league where even keeping three quarterbacks on a roster, let alone four, rarely happens.
Streveler to the practice squad, however, might be another story.
Yet, the overreaction, panic, and sheer devastation by Jets fans online was certainly one for the ages.