Sam Darnold is a household name.
Trevor Siemian is not.
With the unimaginable news that Darnold has mono and will miss Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns, and potentially a few more weeks after that, Siemian is being thrust into the New York spotlight.
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) throws a pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Photo: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)
And that spotlight will shine on him Monday night at MetLife Stadium.
Here are five things to know about Siemian, the Jets’ new signal-caller for now:
1. How he got to the NFL
Siemian played in college at Northwestern, leading the Wildcats to a Gator Bowl victory over Mississippi State in the 2012 season. In that game, he scored his first career rushing touchdown, and led the way for a couple of other scores. It was no lock that he was going to be drafted, but then he was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 250th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was the seventh and final quarterback to be taken in that draft.
2. He has a Super Bowl ring
Yes, Siemian is actually a Super Bowl champion, albeit as a backup to Peyton Manning as the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 over Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. He had only taken one snap during the 2015 season and was inactive for the Super Bowl.
3. He became the Broncos’ starter
After Manning retired, Siemian won the starting job over other candidates including former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and first-round pick Paxton Lynch. He performed well throughout the 2016 season, leading the Broncos to a 9-7 record. But he had to undergo left shoulder surgery after the season. He was selected to be a Pro Bowl alternate, but did not accept because of the surgery. He lost the starting job midway through the 2017 season and was placed on injured reserve after another shoulder injury.
4. Next stop: Vikings
Siemian was traded to the Minnesota Vikings in March 2018 for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick. The problem for him was that the Vikings had also signed Kirk Cousins to a big deal. Siemian did not see any playing time in the 2018 season.
5. Now he’s with the Jets
Siemian signed with the Jets in March on a one-year, $2 million deal to be Darnold’s backup. Now, he’ll have his chance to become an NFL starting quarterback once again.
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