Tim Boyle joined the Lions in the offseason, but until he finds meaningful playing time he can be ignored for Fantasy purposes.
Boyle is the odds-on favorite to earn the backup quarterback job behind Jared Goff, Benjamin Raven of MLive.com reports. With Chase Daniel no longer on the roster, Boyle and David Blough are the top depth options for Detroit at quarterback. Since Boyle is being paid like a top-10 backup quarterback while Blough is making near the league minimum, it's no surprise that Boyle is considered the favorite for the No. 2 role, especially after the former Green Bay signal-caller drew consistently positive reviews throughout spring workouts.
The Lions signed Boyle to a one-year, $2.5 million contract Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The 26-year-old wasn't tendered a contract by the Packers as a restricted free agent, but he'll remain in the NFC North for 2021. Boyle has attempted only four passes since going undrafted out of Eastern Kentucky in 2018. He could serve as Jared Goff's top backup in the likely event that Detroit releases Chase Daniel later in the offseason.
The Packers will not tender Boyle, instead allowing him to hit free agency, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports. Boyle is currently a restricted free agent, so Green Bay's decision to let him hit the open market can be interpreted as a sign of the team's confidence in 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love. Unless the Packers bring in another option under center, Love will now be the lone backup to Aaron Rodgers, while Boyle will look to secure a reserve role elsewhere.
Boyle is listed as the No. 2 quarterback on Green Bay's first unofficial depth chart of the season, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Boyle kept ahead of rookie first-round pick Jordan Love throughout training camp, setting him up to reprise his role as Aaron Rodgers' backup to open a second straight season. The Packers no doubt intend to boost Love up the depth chart in the future as he continues his development, for the time being Boyle will handle the No. 2 role during Sunday's season opener in Minnesota.
Boyle played the final drive of Sunday's loss to the 49ers and completed three of four passes for 15 yards. Boyle saw action a few weeks ago and was limited to kneel-downs in a blowout victory, but he got a chance to throw the ball Sunday with the Packers in the opposite position and completed the first passes of his NFL career. Boyle remains the only other quarterback on the Packers' roster besides starter Aaron Rodgers.
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|2||09/20||@Green Bay Packers||7||18.00|
|7||10/24||@Los Angeles Rams||1||15.56|
|18||01/09||Green Bay Packers||7||18.00|
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