Add Trevor Siemian to the list.
With his start against the Browns on Monday night, Siemian becomes the 32nd starting quarterback for the Jets since Joe Namath left after the 1976 season.
The Jets had been hoping that list would not get any new members when they drafted Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 draft. But Darnold contracted mononucleosis and now Siemian is the newest member of a not-so-exclusive club.
The question will be how many starts Siemian makes. The Jets hope Darnold can return after the bye week when they face the Eagles on Oct. 6, but his illness is hard to predict.
Siemian probably won’t be a one-and-done starter like Kyle Mackey or Greg McElroy. He could be a member of the two-start club like David Norrie or Tony Eason.
The Jets liked Siemian in free agency because of his experience. He has made 24 starts in the NFL, winning 13 of them. Before Monday night, he had not started since 2017 with the Broncos. Last season, he did not play as Kirk Cousins’ backup with the Vikings.
“You just get perspective, I think,” Siemian said of being the backup. “No player wants to bounce around and play for a bunch of teams, but on the positive side, you get to see different players, good players, good coaches and what makes them so good. We’re all a combination of our experiences.
So, little things here and there pick up and add to my game and see what works and go from there.”
Now, a list that begins with Richard Todd and contains forgettable names like Marty Domres, Browning Nagle, Bubby Brister, Glenn Foley, Rick Mirer, Quincy Carter, Brooks Bollinger and Bryce Petty gets a new name.
The Jets signed QB Luke Falk off the practice squad on Monday afternoon to serve as Siemian’s backup. They waived safety Bennett Jackson to clear the roster spot.
Longtime Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff was presented with the Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award by the Professional Football Writers of America at the game. The award, named for the former Post and Sports Illustrated reporter, honors lifetime achievement as an assistant coach.
Westhoff revolutionized special teams play over his 32 seasons as an NFL coach. He was with the Jets from 2001-12.