The New Orleans Saints are making some final moves before this afternoon’s 53-man roster deadline. And one of these moves featured the release of backup quarterback Trevor Siemian.
But, this doesn’t mean his time with the Saints organization is done.
According to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero, the team is set to bring him back later this week once the final roster settles.
When he returns, Siemian will reportedly take over the primary backup position behind QB1 Jameis Winston. Taysom Hill, who was competing for the starting job with Winston, will now revert back to his former role as a swiss-army-knife offensive weapon.
The #Saints are releasing QB Trevor Siemian, but they plan to bring him back later in the week after rosters settle, source said. He’s in line to essentially be the No. 2, given they’ll use Taysom Hill in many ways while Jameis Winston starts.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 31, 2021
In 2020, Siemian spent time on the practice roster for both the Saints and the Tennessee Titans. The last time he played in an NFL game was when he started one contest for the Jets in 2019. Before that, served time as a full-time starter for the Denver Broncos.
After serving as a third-string option behind Drew Brees and Hill in 2020, Winston officially earned the starting QB job earlier this week. Splitting starting reps with Hill throughout training camp and preseason, the former Pro Bowler finally separated himself with a solid 9/10, 123-yard preseason performance featuring two of his patented deep-ball touchdowns.
Hill will now return to his role as a read-option QB/running back/wide receiver/tight end option.
New Orleans has also retained fourth-round pick Ian Book as a reserve QB.
Saints fans will hope Siemian’s services aren’t needed as they look towards a solid season for Winston in 2021.