The New York Jets season is over so it’s time to evaluate the 53-man roster. Let’s continue this daily ranking with #31, quarterback Trevor Siemian.
Quarterback (IR), New York Jets
New York Jets reserve quarterback Trevor Siemian was a Northwestern QB who fell to the Broncos seventh-round draft pick in the 2015 Draft (250th overall). After a senior year-ending ACL injury, the Big Ten star watched as pedestrian names like Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Bryce Petty, Garrett Grayson, Brett Hundley, and Sean Mannion come off the board.
After three seasons as a winning QB in Denver — with a solid 18-10 record and 73.3 QBR — Siemian spent the 2018 season with the Minnesota Vikings, and never got off the bench as Kirk Cousins‘ backup.
Peyton Manning, who convinced Christopher Johnson to hire his “quarterback whisperer” Adam Gase as head coach of the New York Jets, then convinced Siemian to sign for 2019 as Sam Darnold‘s backup in green-and-white.
But T-Money’s very reasonable $2 million contract did not pay off.
Siemian played less than one half of football — six passing attempts (18 snaps) for three total yards Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns — before a gruesome season-ending left ankle dislocation from a dirty late hit by notorious headhunter Myles Garrett.
If the 27-year-old Orlando-bred converted baseball star can successfully rehab from his tricky surgery, his low ticket price seems right enough to retain him as Sam’s backup — so long as the organization can also develop another young gunslinger from the upcoming draft or UDFA class. But at the point, he’s the best replacement currently on this roster.
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