NOLA Saints: Writing is on the wall for Trevor Siemian

New Orleans Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian (15) - Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian (15) - Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

The New Orleans Saints signed Trevor Siemian over the offseason to give them another quarterback during training camp and preseason. No one really expected Siemian to have much of a chance to make the roster but after the preseason opener, that looks to be even more obvious.

With four quarters in regulation, one would think that each quarterback would play in one quarter of action. That isn’t what happened though, as Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston played in the first half and fourth-round rookie Ian Book played for the entire second half.

None of the quarterbacks looked great during their time on the field, which makes it even more perplexing that Siemian couldn’t find his way into the game. We knew the two vying for the starting job would get a fair amount of playing time to give them chances to stand out but for Book to play for two quarters and Siemian none isn’t a good sign for the NFL journeyman.

NOLA Saints likely not keeping Trevor Siemian on roster

Siemian first entered the league in 2015 after the Broncos took him in the seventh round of that year’s draft. No one really thought much of the guy until he unseated Jets legend, Mark Sanchez, for the starting quarterback job in Denver in 2016 and started 14 games for the Broncos that year. He started 10 games in 2017 and ended his Broncos career with a winning record, believe it or not.

After fizzling out in Denver, Siemian has mostly spent time with teams as a backup, doing so for the Vikings and Jets over the past few years. New Orleans signed Siemian knowing that he probably wouldn’t stick with the team but I floated the idea of them still potentially keeping him around as the backup, especially if Jameis Winston were to win the starting job.

With Siemian not playing against the Ravens and Book getting two quarters of action, it appears that the Saints won’t be keeping Siemian around. He’ll likely be cut prior to the season beginning and another team picking him up to serve as their backup wouldn’t be shocking. He’s an experienced vet who has plenty of starts under his belt.

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It might not work out for Siemian in the Big Easy but he’ll land somewhere when the Saints inevitably cut him down the road.