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Trevor Siemian jumped by Davis Webb on Jets QB depth chart

7/10/2019 10:39:01 AM
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Veteran quarterback Trevor Siemian was jumped on the depth chart by Davis Webb in the latter stages of the New York Jets OTAs according to Connor Hughes of The Athletic.

At the time the Jets signed Siemian to a one-year, $2 million contract in March, it was assumed that he would be the No.2 quarterback behind starter Sam Darnold but the battle for the backup job has reportedly been closer than anticipated.  The 27-year-old Siemian, originally a seventh-round pick out of Northwestern in 2015, started numerous games for the Denver Broncos in 2016 and 2017 but never proved himself to be more than a journeyman QB.  He served as the backup to Kirk Cousins for the Minnesota Vikings in 2018.

Unlike Siemian, Webb has no starting experience but the Jets are said to be more confident at this juncture with him taking over the offense should Darnold go down with an injury.  The 24-year-old was originally drafted in the third round of the 2017 draft out of California by the New York Giants as a possible successor to Eli Manning but the Giants gave up on him after only one season.  He spent the 2018 season jockeying between the Jets practice squad and the active roster and was resigned as an exclusive rights free agent this spring.  

Siemian and Webb will likely fight this battle throughout training camp and the preseason.  The ultimate winner could have an important role as Darnold missed three games during his rookie season.

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