Aaron Rodgers’ former backup is finally getting his shot.

Tim Boyle, the undrafted free-agent quarterback who spent his first three seasons in the NFL sitting behind Rodgers on the Green Packers, will make his first career start Sunday for the Detroit Lions against the Cleveland Browns in place of the injured Jared Goff, who is inactive with an oblique issue.

The 27-year-old Boyle, who played collegiately at UConn and Eastern Kentucky, could get a pair of starts for the Lions considering their quick turnaround with a Thanksgiving Day showdown against the Chicago Bears on tap.

 “Let me say this about Tim Boyle — he lacks zero confidence, I can tell you that,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said during the week.

Lions quarterback Tim Boyle
AP

Boyle has played in 11 career games, completing 3 of 4 passes and taking 18 rushes for -16 yards — plenty of late-game kneel-downs for the Packers.

Last offseason, the Lions signed Boyle to a one-year, $2.5 million contract after trading Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for Goff. But Goff has struggled, completing 66.1 percent of his passes for 2,109 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions through the Lions’ 0-8-1 start.

Boyle broke his thumb during training camp, which didn’t allow him to compete with Goff for the job. But he was finally reinstated from injured reserve on Friday ahead of Sunday’s start.

“I’ll meditate, I’ll breathe, talk to my family, I’ll study and go to bed, easy,” Boyle told reporters. “It’s football. I’ve been playing football since I was 6.”

The Hartford, Conn. native went to UConn and started eight games across three seasons from 2013-15, throwing just one touchdown to 13 interceptions. Boyle then transferred to Eastern Kentucky, where he started 11 games in 2017, throwing 11 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

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By James Carter

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