Packers betting big on backup QB Tim Boyle’s progress
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Tim Boyle, Packers quarterback (↑ UP)
The Green Bay Packers are either enamored of Boyle or supremely confident in Aaron Rodgers' 35-year-old frame. Boyle, 24, is the only other quarterback on the roster following Saturday's cuts, which included former Cleveland Browns starter DeShone Kizer, Rodgers' backup last season. A former undrafted free agent, Boyle impressed in the preseason, throwing for 356 yards and six touchdowns with a 112.9 passer rating and no interceptions. Rodgers missed much of the 2017 season with a broken collarbone, then spent most of last season playing through a knee injury.
Christian Yelich, Brewers outfielder (↑ UP)
Yelich is back on the board after going 12 games between home runs. He homered in back-to-back games over the weekend, adding a double Tuesday in the Brewers' 4-2 win over the Houston Astros. He's hitting .326/.422/.672 with a 1.093 OPS and is up to a career-high 43 dingers on the season, one off the major-league lead despite his two-week drought. Yelich remains on pace for career highs in on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS, though the Brewers' struggles stand to hurt his bid for a second consecutive MVP award.
Josh Hader, Brewers pitcher (↑ UP)
Hader has looked like his old self recently after struggling out of the All-Star break. He logged his 28th save of the season Tuesday with a pair of strikeouts, and has allowed just two hits with nine strikeouts since his last blown save on Aug. 25.
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Jeremy Jeffress, former Brewers pitcher (↓ DOWN)
Jeffress's third stint with the Brewers might have been his last. The Brewers released the veteran reliever Tuesday, a few days after designating him for assignment. An All-Star last season, Jeffress struggled throughout 2019. He managed just one strikeout in his final three outings combined, allowing six hits and four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings before the Brewers cut ties.
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Jordan Lyles, Brewers pitcher (↑ UP)
A month later the Lyles trade is looking like one of the shrewdest swaps of the deadline. Lyles was solid Tuesday, allowing six hits and two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings while picking up his fifth win in his seventh outing since rejoining the Brewers. He has a 2.56 ERA and a 1.060 WHIP with 34 strikeouts since the deadline after posting a 10.00 ERA in his final seven starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Jack Coan, Badgers quarterback (↔ EVEN)
Coan, a junior, didn't look bad in Wisconsin's opener, but he didn't do much to stand out either. He went 19-for-26 for 201 yards and two touchdowns against overmatched South Florida, as Jonathan Taylor and the running game piled up yards. Coan averaged 7.7 yards per attempt, while his longest pass of the day was on a 36-yard catch-and-run with Taylor. Those are fine numbers, but will they be enough to keep highly touted freshman Graham Mertz off the field for much longer?