“Designated Survivor” Trevor Siemian making most of unique role with Titans

By John Glennon

His mid-range jumper has never looked better, which is one thing quarterback Trevor Siemian could not have anticipated prior to the start of this Titans season.

Then there's his relationship with Frank, the household's 95-pound Bernese mountain dog/poodle mix. It's great, too, the result of all the unexpected walks Siemian has been taking with the family's big beast.

And let's not forget how familiar Siemian has become with the neighborhood Publix, the kind of relationship that's forged only by cruising through the aisles time and time again.

These are the types of things the 28-year-old Siemian has come to appreciate about his role with the Titans, which took a unique turn following the COVID-19 outbreak that hammered the team about six weeks ago.

When the Titans emerged from the NFL's mandated quarantine last month, they happily greeted one another after a break of nearly two weeks. But Siemian wasn't there. Having just been burned by the spread of COVID – which knocked out multiple players at certain positions – the Titans chose to keep Siemian very socially distanced from the rest of the team. That way, in the extreme case of Ryan Tannehill and Logan Woodside both coming down with COVID, the team would still have a healthy, knowledgeable quarterback on hand, one that wouldn't have to worry about contact tracing . . .

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