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METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian will start a sport for the first time in additional than two years when New Orleans hosts Atlanta on Sunday.

Saints coach Sean Payton introduced his resolution on Friday, specifying that fellow quarterback Taysom Hill, who got here again this week from an Oct. 10 concussion, additionally is predicted to play in opposition to the Falcons.

“It’s just what we’re doing this week,” Payton mentioned. “Lots of it’s based mostly on I felt like Trevor performed properly final week. Taysom was popping out (of the concussion protocol) simply at that very same time.

“We’ll see each week,” Payton added. “We’ve obtained an excellent plan we really feel like this week relative to this sport and we’ll type of go from there.”

Siemian, now in his seventh professional season out of Northwestern, got here on in aid of injured starter Jameis Winston in the second quarter of final week’s 36-27 victory over Tampa Bay. Siemian accomplished 16 of 29 passes for 159 yards and a landing with out a turnover. He led 5 scoring drives in all — two that ended with touchdowns and three with area objectives.

Before final Sunday, Siemian had not performed in a regular-season sport since Sept. 16, 2019, when he began for the New York Jets due to an sickness to then-Jets first-string QB Sam Darnold. Siemian’s ankle was injured in that sport and he missed the remainder of the season. He spent a part of 2020 with New Orleans however didn’t play as a result of Winston and Hill have been already backing up Drew Brees.

This season, Siemian has been slotted as the main backup for video games Winston began as a result of Hill, who competed for the beginning job in coaching camp, would spend a lot of the week getting ready to serve in a number of roles in the offense and on particular groups.

“I’ve had a number of confidence in myself,” Siemian mentioned. “I didn’t know if it was going to happen or when it was going to happen, but I knew I’d be ready. And here we are. So I expect to play well, just like everyone else on this team. That’s my mindset.”

Siemian, is 13-12 in 25 profession begins (24 with Denver). He mentioned that being the starter for this week is “not really new to me; it’s not that foreign.”

“I mean, it’s been a while for a sure,” Siemian added. “But I’ve been playing all along as if I’m going to get another chance.”

Payton mentioned rookie Ian Book, who has usually been a wholesome scratch on sport days, in all probability will probably be energetic on Sunday.

NOTES: Defensive finish Carl Granderson (shoulder) and receiver Ty Montgomery (hamstring) have been dominated out for Sunday’s sport. Safety Malcolm Jenkins (knee) and rookie defensive finish Payton Turner (calf) have been listed as questionable.

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