Trevor Siemian's signing something Saints 'needed to do'

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The New Orleans Saints signed quarterback Trevor Siemian last week after placing starter Drew Brees on injured reserve.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback has started 25 of his 27 career games mostly with the Denver Broncos and has completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 5,689 yards and 30 touchdowns against 24 interceptions. He’ill practice with his new team for the first time Wednesday.

“With everything that’s going on right now, the ability for us to have a third quarterback trained and ready in the event someone got COVID or something else happened, we just felt strongly that that was something we needed to do.” Saints coach Sean Payton said.

The Saints signed Siemian from the Tennessee Titans practice squad was signed to provide depth behind Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston with Brees out for a minimum of three weeks.

Brees left the Saints win against the San Francisco 49ers with a rib injury he later told ESPN was 11 fractures and a collapsed lung. Hill started for the Saints Sunday and lead New Orleans to a 24-9 win against the Atlanta Falcons.