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Trevor Siemian gets the start for the Jets in Week 16 against Washington Commanders

The veteran last started a game for the Jets in 2019

NFL: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets will have a new starting quarterback when they take the field Christmas Eve against the Washington Commanders. Trevor Siemian will be under center for Gang Green.

As the week progressed, this began to feel inevitable. Aaron Rodgers has been ruled out for the rest of the season, and Zach Wilson has been in the concussion protocol. Even if Wilson was cleared late in the week, it made little sense for the Jets to throw him into the lineup after missing practices earlier in the week as the gameplan was installed.

This is Siemian’s second start for the Jets. His first came in Week 2 of 2019 when the Jets lost to the Cleveland Browns. It is likely a night Siemian would like to forget. He completed only 3 of 6 passes for 3 yards and suffered a season-ending ankle injury. After bouncing around the last couple of years, Siemian rejoined the Jets during the 2023 season. He has seen action in two games, including last week’s loss in Miami and hasn’t looked good in either.

The situation is what it is for the Jets. The offense is struggling for reasons that go beyond the quarterback, and it seems unlikely Siemian can fix what is wrong. Somebody has to start, though.

Siemian will be the fourth different quarterback to start a game for the Jets this year. 2023 has been that kind of a season.