Jeff Driskel took the football world by storm with his breakout performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Cincinnati Bengals' first preseason game of the 2017 season. His electrifying 18 yard touchdown run was a thing of beauty, and as great as it gets in an exhibition game.
We spoke with Driskel about his athletic career, what it's like to be a third string quarterback (for now), what he thinks his former team (the quarterback-hungry San Francisco 49ers) must be thinking after seeing his offensive arsenal on full display, and more. You can watch the entire interview below:
After notching 34 yards and one touchdown on the ground as well as 97 yards and 1 touchdown through the air in Week 1, Driskel showed his ability as a multi-threat quarterback. His rushing touchdown was a highlight of the game.
“It’s an asset that I have. I can make game-changing plays, big plays at any moment,” Driskel said of his ability to run with the football. “The defense, when I’m out there, has to think about the quarterback run, which is something that a lot of defenses don’t account for.”
Driskel also believes the Bengals could continue on without changing the offense if he were to step in at any point at the quarterback position during the regular season. “It’s my job to go in and be prepared and know the system,” Driskel said, sounding confident in his ability.
Driskel came across as a young man who really loves his team. He had high praise for the culture of the Bengals’ organization and definitely seems appreciative of the opportunity with which the team has supplied him.
“I love the culture. It’s a culture that expects to win, it’s a culture that really roots for each other and rallies together,” Driskel said. “It’s just a great group of guys, great group of coaches, it’s an easy environment to be yourself in and let your personality show and I think that’s going to translate to success on the field.”
He is also rather confident the offensive line will figure things out before the regular season begins, and that offensive coordinator Ken Zampese's play calling will keep opposing teams guessing.
“I think it’s a talented group, I think it’s a group that has a lot of upside and a group that plays well together,” Driskel said of the offensive line. “So, I’m excited for those guys and I know they’ll be ready once the season gets rolling and everything gets set in stone.”
Driskel clearly takes his job seriously, is excited to be playing in Cincinnati and is ready to prove his worth to the team in the weeks ahead. Will he force the Bengals’ hand once again, and make the team keep three quarterbacks on the roster? As of now, it seems quite likely.