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Broncos' Brett Rypien: Steps in against Bucs
Rypien went 8-for-9 passing with 53 yards and an interception during Sunday's 28-10 loss to Tampa Bay.
The recent practice squad call-up stepped in for the ineffective Jeff Driskel Sunday after Driskel absorbed five sacks while throwing one touchdown and one INT in three-plus quarters of duty. Rypien was capable of leading the Broncos on an 11-play, 60-yard sequence during his lone offensive drive, completing eight consecutive passes before being intercepted by Mike Edwards near the goal line. It's unclear if recent signing Blake Bortles will be ready to suit up against the Jets on Thursday, but coach Vic Fangio was unwilling to designate a starting quarterback for Week 4 during Sunday's postgame press conference.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Tim Patrick: Records first TD of 2020
Patrick caught all four of his targets for 43 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Buccaneers.
Patrick was easily the most efficient of Denver's top three pass-catchers, as Jerry Jeudy (nine targets) and Noah Fant (10 targets) posted catch rates of 55.6 percent and 50 percent, respectively. The 26-year-old also accounted for multiple receptions Weeks 1 and 2, but Patrick's yardage total was his best output since Week 16 of last season. With Courtland Sutton (knee-ACL) on injured reserve, Patrick will remain the No. 2 option at wide receiver as the Broncos head into a Thursday night matchup against a Jets team that has surrendered 31.3 points per game.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Noah Fant: Top target in loss to Bucs
Fant hauled in five of a team-high 10 targets for 46 receiving yards during Sunday's 28-10 loss to Tampa Bay.
Though his two-game scoring streak was snapped by the Buccaneers, the second-year tight end tied a career high with his 10 targets. This was certainly not an ideal matchup for Fant, as Tampa Bay entered Sunday holding the longest active streak of games without a TE touchdown allowed (dating back to Week 12 of last year). An upcoming Thursday night matchup against the Jets may help get Fant back in the end zone; New York has already surrendered three receiving TDs to opposing TEs.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Jerry Jeudy: Paces team in receiving
Jeudy caught five of his nine targets for 55 receiving yards during Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Buccaneers.
The No. 15 overall pick battled through a ribs issue this week, upgrading his practice participation from limited to full between Thursday and Friday and earning his second consecutive start in the process. Jeudy has been a go-to man for young quarterbacks Drew Lock (shoulder) and Jeff Driskel in the early going, as he's already amassed 24 targets across the first three weeks of 2020. Though he's yet to cash in with a touchdown in the NFL, Jeudy has been a high-floor option with four or more receptions and 55-plus receiving yards in each of his outings this year. In Week 4 he draws a matchup against a Jets defense that is allowing a 73.2 percent catch rate to opposing wideouts.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Shut down by stout Bucs front
Gordon collected 26 rushing yards on eight carries, also catching four of six targets for 12 receiving yards during Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Buccaneers.
Gordon enjoyed a solid Week 2 outing against a comparably dominant Steelers rush defense, accumulating 84 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on 21 offensive touches. With Jeff Driskel stepping in as the starting quarterback against Tampa Bay, Gordon got out to a sluggish start with seven yards on his four first-quarter rush attempts. From there, game flow largely mitigated Gordon's usage as Denver fell into a 17-3 hole at the 6:35 mark of the second quarter. Things may be looking up for Gordon heading into a Thursday night matchup against the Jets, however, as Gang Green has given up more than 4.6 yards per carry to opposing RBs in 2020.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Jeff Driskel: Benched in loss
Driskel was benched in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Buccaneers, and coach Vic Fangio said after the game that he replaced Driskel with Brett Rypien "to see if he could get rid of the ball quicker," Mike Klis of 9News reports.
Driskel completed 17 of 30 passes for 176 yards, one touchdown and one interception before being replaced. Rypien completed his first eight passes to lead the team down the field before throwing a red-zone interception. Both quarterbacks averaged 5.9 yards per pass, and Fangio refused to name a starter for Thursday's Week 4 game against the Jets, though the team won't have much time to deliberate given the quick turnaround.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Blake Bortles: Healthy scratch Week 3
Bortles (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 tilt against the Buccaneers.
The veteran just signed Tuesday after Drew Lock suffered a Week 2 shoulder injury that's projected to keep him out several games. However, with only three practice sessions in coordinator Pat Shurmur's offense under his belt, Bortles isn't yet ready to serve as interim starter Jeff Driskel's primary backup, a role that will be filled by Brett Rypien in Week 3.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Phillip Lindsay: Inactive in Week 3
Lindsay (toe) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 tilt against the Buccaneers.
Lindsay had managed to work back to limited practice participation Friday, but he was still much more likely to sit than suit up Sunday. HIs absence has now come to pass, leaving Melvin Gordon, who toughed out 70 yards on 19 rushes against a tough Steelers defense Week 2, up against another formidable challenge in the form of a Buccaneers unit that's surrendered just 2.7 yards per carry to running backs the first two games.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Jerry Jeudy: Active as expected
Jeudy (ribs) is active for Sunday's Week 3 tilt against the Buccaneers.
As expected, the rookie will be in uniform and ready to fill the de facto No. 1 receiver role for Denver with Courtland Sutton (knee) now on injured reserve. Jeudy has been impressive over his first two career games, bringing in eight of 15 targets for 108 yards. However, he'll be catching passes from backup QB Jeff Driskel on Sunday, with Drew Lock (shoulder) missing the first of what should be several games.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Kevin Toliver: Earns promotion Sunday
The Broncos elevated Toliver to the 53-man roster from the practice squad Sunday.
With Davontae Harris ruled out of Sunday's game with a hamstring issue, the team elected to get in-house reinforcements. Toliver saw action in 12 games with the Bears last season, making 13 tackles (12 solo) and two pass breakups over that span.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Jerry Jeudy: Expected to play in Week 3
Jeudy (ribs) is expected to suit up for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Jeudy bruised his ribs during Week 2 action and was listed as questionable heading into the weekend. His Week 3 status will be confirmed upon the release on Denver's inactives in advance of Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff. If the No. 15 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft is indeed available, he'll have an opportunity to carve out a key role in the Broncos' passing game going forward, with the team's top wideout, Courtland Sutton, on IR and out for the season with a knee injury.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' LeVante Bellamy: Promoted to active roster
Bellamy was elevated to the Broncos' active roster Saturday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Bellamy's addition to the active roster is for insurance, as Phillip Lindsay (toe) is not expected to play in the contest. Should that ultimately be the case, Bellamy will be third behind Melvin Gordon and Royce Freeman on the depth chart. This will be the undrafted free agent's first NFL game.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Davontae Harris: Ruled out
Harris (hamstring) will not play in Sunday's matchup with the Buccaneers, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Harris was unable to practice all week, so this news is unsurprising. Coach Vic Fangio originally suggested he could miss a week or two due to the issue, which occurred in Week 2's loss to the Steelers. His next chance to suit up will come in Week 4 against the Jets, a Thursday Night Football game.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Brett Rypien: Bumps up from practice squad
The Broncos promoted Rypien from the practice squad to the active roster Friday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.
In the wake of Drew Lock's shoulder injury, Jeff Driskel is slated to start at least the next two games for the Broncos. The next question surrounds who will serve as Driskel's backup. The team brought in Blake Bortles this week, but coach Vic Fangio doesn't expect the veteran signal-caller to be ready for more than emergency work in his first outing as a Bronco. As a result, Rypien has been plucked from the practice squad to handle No. 2 QB duties for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, at the very least.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Jerry Jeudy: Looking like a game-time call
Jeudy (ribs) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Buccaneers, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Jeudy's upgrade to full practice participation Friday was a positive sign, but the Broncos nonetheless listed him as questionable and apparently want to see how he feels Sunday before making a final decision. A 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff is less than optimal for fantasy managers, with the Denver inactive list scheduled to come out about 90 minutes prior. Jeudy should see a good number of targets if he plays, as the Broncos just lost Courtland Sutton to an ACL tear. Jeudy, KJ Hamler and Tim Patrick got most of the WR reps after Sutton left last week's game, though DaeSean Hamilton also mixed in.... See More ... See Less
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