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Jets sign former AAF QB Brandon Silvers

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 30: Brandon Silvers #12 of the Troy Trojans throws a pass against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 30: Brandon Silvers #12 of the Troy Trojans throws a pass against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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As the Alliance of American Football came to an abrupt end, the New York Jets took the opportunity to pick up one of its top quarterbacks.

In the market for a potential backup to Sam Darnold, the Jets have signed Brandon Silvers, who starred in the AAF:

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Silvers is coming from the Memphis Express, after throwing for 777 yards, 4 touchdowns and one interception in his three starts. Standing at 6-3, the former Troy Trojan has proved he has backup potential in the NFL. At Troy, Silvers threw for 10,677 yards, 71 touchdowns along with 29 interceptions. Silvers started 4 years for the Trojans, ending his career second in yards thrown in school history. He was named to the Sunbelt Conference’s All-Newcomer Team, as a freshman, while also breaking Sam Bradford’s record for best completion percentage. As a sophomore, Silvers was an all-conference honorable mention, and as a Junior earned first team All-Sun Belt honors.

Silver’s run in Memphis was short, but he ended up with a decent shot at an NFL roster. His size and experience has proven he has the potential to be an NFL backup. The AAF’s downfall may have been a blessing for Silver’s if he can prove himself both in camp and the preseason.

Darnold is obviously locked in as the Jets’ franchise quarterback of the present and future, but the depth chart behind him isn’t much to inspire confidence. Silvers should have a solid chance to beat out Trevor Siemian and Davis Webb for the No. 2 job behind the No. 3 pick in last year’s draft.

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