The New York Jets have made a significant change to their starting quarterback, benching rookie Zach Wilson in favor of Tim Boyle. Additionally, the team announced that Trevor Siemian, who had been on the practice squad since signing with the team, will serve as Boyle’s backup. Siemian was officially signed to the team’s active roster on Tuesday.
Siemian has some experience as a starter, having filled in for an injured Sam Darnold in a game for the Jets in 2019. However, he suffered an ankle injury early in that game and missed the rest of the season. Siemian has also had stints with the Bengals, the Bears, and the Saints, starting games for each of those teams. He has a total of 24 games as a starter for the Broncos in 2016 and 2017, showing more experience than Boyle. Despite this, the Jets are choosing to go with the younger Boyle as their starter for now.
In other news, cornerback Craig James was added to the practice squad by the Jets. This move is likely intended to give James more playing time and help him develop his skills before potentially earning a spot on the active roster at some point down the line.