Brett Rypien is expected to compete for a spot on the quarterback depth chart in training camp this summer. Until pressed into full-time action, he can be ignored in Fantasy leagues.
Rypien completed 27 of 40 passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions during the 2020 season. He lost five yards on five carries. Rypien started the season as QB3 but impressed enough in relief in Week 3's loss to Tampa Bay to get the start for the injured Drew Lock in Week 4's win versus the Jets. Rypien kept New York in that game with a handful of poor decisions but he also made some big plays downfield, most notably a 48-yard deep shot to Jerry Jeudy for a touchdown. At that point, Rypien became Denver's QB2. Whether he stays there depends on the offseason. The Broncos are almost certainly going to look for competition for Lock either in free agency or the draft. That could push Rypien down a slot heading into 2021.
Rypien was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Following an unprecedented situation that led to practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton playing quarterback in Sunday's loss to the Saints, things are back to normal in Denver. Rypien, Drew Lock and Blake Bortles have all been restored from the COVID-19 list. Lock will start under center in the Week 13 matchup against the Chiefs.
Rypien was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Starting quarterback Drew Lock was also placed on the list, joining Jeff Driskel and practice squad member Blake Bortles. All of the quarterbacks were considered high-risk close contacts to an infected person. According to Mike Klis of 9News Denver, Royce Freeman is an option to play quarterback Sunday against the Saints, while the Broncos will need to get creative nonetheless.
Rypien will be the backup quarterback Sunday against the Dolphins with Drew Lock (ribs) active and starting, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. The 24-year-old split reps with Lock at practice throughout the week, but he'll remain in the backup role with the regular starter cleared to play. Rypien hasn't seen the field since playing one offensive snap Week 7 against the Chiefs.
Coach Vic Fangio named Rypien the starting quarterback for Thursday's game versus the Jets, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports. Drew Lock (shoulder) will remain sidelined for a second straight week, affording Rypien an opportunity to make his first NFL start. Rypien made his NFL debut in Week 3's loss to the Buccaneers after Jeff Driskel couldn't produce, and he looked serviceable, completing his first eight passing attempts for 53 yards before tossing an interception. Fangio did relay that Driskel could still be used in the offense, according to James Palmer of NFL Network, but Rypien will get the first chance against a Jets defense that ranks 15th with 239 passing yards allowed per game.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@New York Giants||3||17.63|
|3||09/26||New York Jets||29||24.75|
|6||10/17||Las Vegas Raiders||23||22.38|
|8||10/31||Washington Football Team||6||17.88|
|12||11/28||Los Angeles Chargers||25||22.63|
|13||12/05||@Kansas City Chiefs||18||21.26|
|16||12/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||22.38|
|17||01/02||@Los Angeles Chargers||25||22.63|
|18||01/09||Kansas City Chiefs||18||21.26|
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|3 Year Avg||70.0||148||1||2||-2||0||7|