The New York Jets have effectively benched Zach Wilson, making Tim Boyle the team’s starting quarterback for this Friday’s matchup against the Miami Dolphins.
But the Jets also had a decision to make in terms of who would backup Boyle on Black Friday. With the Jets likely introducing their eight different offensive line combination of the season, they’d be an injury away from thrusting Wilson back into the starting lineup.
On Monday, Jets head coach Robert Saleh announced that veteran journeyman Trevor Siemian would serve as Boyle’s immediate backup for Week 12. While Siemian will be the No. 2 quarterback, Saleh did say that three will be on the game-day roster since New York has an extra roster spot.
Siemian is quite a journeyman quarterback. He was selected by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft and has since spent time with the Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, and Cincinnati Bengals.
Siemian was signed to New York’s practice squad back on Sept. 26. Despite Wilson’s poor play, it’s taken nearly two months for the Jets to elevate the veteran quarterback to the active roster. This officially marks a return to the Jets for Siemian as he spent some brief time with the team back in 2019 before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.
Over his six seasons in the NFL, Siemian has amassed 7,027 passing yards with 42 touchdowns and 27 interceptions while starting 30 games. In his two brief appearances with the Bears last season, he completed 15 of 26 passes for 184 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.