But after both teams suffered losses in their season openers, the game has lost some of its luster compared to the offseason expectations. Unfortunately for the Jets, they didn't expect to need him this early.
Watch Siemian discuss Darnold's illness and his preparations for Monday night in the video above.
Siemian didn't appear in the regular season past year while playing for the Minnesota Vikings but started 24 games for the Denver Broncos from 2016 to 2017. Siemian has experience as a starter, compiling a 13-11 record in two seasons as a starter for the Denver Broncos.
Running back Le'Veon Bell is dealing with a shoulder injury, which Gase said could just be soreness.
Bell looked solid in his Jets debut on Sunday, posting 60 rushing yards and 32 receiving yards with a receiving touchdown. After Monday's matchup with playoff wannabe NY, they have a Sunday night matchup at home against the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams, go to Baltimore to play their division rivals, then to San Francisco for another primetime Monday night matchup, then back across the country on a short week to play Seattle at home before their Week 7 bye. He got all the first-team reps in Wednesday's practice and that will now continue leading up to Monday night. If any of them sit out, it'll be an upgrade to Cleveland's offensive weapons.
The Browns could be setup well if the Jets are forced to take the field without some of their top players.