The New York Jets have made a significant change to their starting quarterback, as they have benched Zach Wilson in favor of Tim Boyle. The team also 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. In addition to these moves, the Jets have added cornerback Craig James to the practice squad.
While Siemian has some experience as a starter, having filled in for an injured Sam Darnold in a game for the Jets in 2019, he suffered an ankle injury early in that game and missed the rest of the season. He has also had stints with the Bengals, Bears, and Saints, starting games for each of those teams. However, Siemian has only 24 games as a starter for the Broncos in 2016 and 2017, showing less experience than Boyle. Despite this, it appears that the Jets are choosing to go with Boyle as their starter for now due to his youth and potential upside.