Aaron Rodgers ’past backup is finally getting his shot.
Undrafted free-agent quarterback Tim Boyle, who spent his first three seasons in the NFL sitting behind the Rodgers in the Green Packers, will make his first career appearance on Sunday for the Detroit Lions against the Cleveland Browns, replacing the injured Jared Goff. Inactive with the oblique problem.
The 27-year-old Boyle, who played together in the Yukon and Eastern Kentucky, could get a pair of starts for the Lions with the Thanksgiving Day Showdown against the Chicago Bears.
“I’ll tell you this about Tim Boyle – he has zero confidence. I can tell you that,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said during the week.
Boyle has played in 11 career games, completing 4 of 3 passes and taking 18 rushes for -16 yards – plenty of late-game kneeling-downs for the Packers.
Last offseason, the Lions signed Boyle to a one-year, $ 2.5 million deal after trading Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for Goff. But Goff struggled, completing 66.1 percent of his passes for 2,109 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions through the Lions’ 0-8-1 start.
During training camp, Boyle broke his thumb, which did not allow him to compete with Goff for work. But he was eventually reinstated on Friday’s injured reserve before Sunday’s start.
“I meditate, I breathe, I talk to my family, I study and sleep, easily,” Boyle told reporters. “It’s football. I’ve been playing football since I was 6 years old.
Hartford, Conn. The native went to Yukon and started eight games in three seasons from 2013-15, throwing just one touchdown to 13 interceptions. Boyle then moved to Eastern Kentucky, where he started 11 games in 2017, throwing 11 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.