The Jets made a significant change to their starting quarterback on Monday, benching 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. In addition to these moves, the team added cornerback Craig James to the practice squad.
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 the time being.
The decision to bench Wilson comes after a disappointing performance against the Patriots on Sunday. Wilson struggled to complete passes and was sacked twice during the game. This move is expected to give Boyle an opportunity to prove himself and showcase his skills as a starting quarterback. The Jets are currently at 3-5 on the season and are looking for any way to improve their chances of making it into playoffs.