Former Boise State QB Brett Rypien Likely To Start for Denver Broncos
Rypien could get his first ever NFL start.
Denver is reaching for another Bronco
The Denver Broncos season is not going as planned as starting quarterback Drew Lock is out for about a month with a shoulder injury. With this move, the Broncos needed another quarterback so they called up former Boise State Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien.
Rypien has been on the active roster and practice squad with the Broncos multiple times ever since he was signed as an undrafted free agent last year.
Now, he has his chance after Jeff Driskel did not perform well in their Week 3 game. Rypien came in and went a solid 8 of 9 for 53 yards but did have an interception.
That apparently was enough for Broncos head coach Vic Fangio to say that Rypien “deserves a chance” to be the starting quarterback.
Add Rypien to the list of Broncos starting quarterbacks who earned a start once Peyton Manning retired five years ago.
In communicating with players and league sources over past 24-40 hours, expectation is Brett Rypien will be Broncos starting QB on Thursday vs. Jets. He would be Broncos 9th different starting QB since Peyton retired after 2015. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) September 29, 2020
This is great for Rypien to get the start but it also is not great news as the Denver quarterback situation is in flux. Denver still expects to play Driskel a little bit and did sign Blake Bortles but he is not yet ready to play.
The matchup is very favorable to Rypien and the Broncos as they take on the New York Jets who are 0-3 and are allowing just over 31 points per game. If there was a game to want to get one’s first start it would be against the Jets, even if on the road.
In the NFL, any time a player gets a start they need to take advantage of it and this is Rypien’s chance to show the league he can play at this level. He may not be the Broncos quarterback going forward but he could earn himself some money by sticking with Denver and not bouncing around from practice squad to active roster.
Watch Brett Rypien throw for like 320 yards and four TDs against a crappy Jets defense while Sam Darnold makes everyone wonder why he was a high first-round pick for the 107th straight week. https://t.co/o7ruzZq0rQ
— Mountain West Wire (@MWCwire) September 29, 2020
We have all seen what Rypien can do at the college level when he was a four-year starter at Boise State which saw him win 40 games, three-time first-team all-conference and player of the year in his senior season.
He has the talent and maybe all he needs is this one chance to prove he is worthy of sticking on an NFL roster and maybe more.