Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock had the best game of his young career in Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers, and the former second-round pick says he has his backup to thank for that.
Lock completed 21-of-27 passes for 280 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in Denver’s 32-27 win. When asked about the performance, he told reporters he received some great advice from backup QB Brett Rypien during the week.
“You’re good enough to make the big play,” Lock says Rypien told him, per DNVR’s Zac Stevens. “Make it when it’s there. Check these balls down if it’s not there.”
Lock has a big arm and tends to force the ball downfield and into coverage. Learning to take the checkdown rather than always trying to make the big play is one of the most difficult things for a young quarterback to do. It’s impressive that Rypien, who is a young quarterback himself, was able to convey that to Lock.
By showing a willingness to take the easy play, Lock opened things up for the Broncos downfield. His 10.4 yards per completion was his highest mark of the season, as was his 149.5 passer rating.
Broncos rookie Jerry Jeudy appeared to take a shot at Lock with a tweet last week, which shows how much the Missouri star has struggled as of late. Sunday’s game was a much-needed turnaround.
The Denver Broncos are working through some serious issues at the quarterback position.
The Broncos pulled three quarterbacks from practice on Saturday due to contact tracing concerns. Jeff Driskel, who is third on the Broncos’ depth chart at quarterback, tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
According to 9News Broncos reporter Mike Klis, the NFL reviewed tape of the interactions Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles had with Driskel on Wednesday.
Klis says all four quarterbacks are asymptomatic, but there is still a concern about limiting the spread of the virus.
The Broncos are scheduled to host the Saints on Sunday. They are hoping to have all quarterbacks except Driskel cleared to play in the game. Denver is 4-6 this season.
Angela Rypien called out the New York Jets for their behavior at the end of “Thursday Night Football.”
Rypien, whose cousin Brett started at quarterback for the Denver Broncos, called the Jets “trash” for their “bs” play.
The Jets hit Brett Rypien hard on consecutive plays in the final seconds of the game. Broncos head coach Vic Fangio appeared to be so upset with the Jets’ behavior that he didn’t shake hands with Jets coach Adam Gase after the game.
What’s Angela’s significance here? Not only is she the daughter of former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, but she is a football player herself. Angela played quarterback in the Lingerie Football League.
Brett played college ball at Boise State and signed with Denver as an undrafted free agent last year. Making his first career start, Brett went 19/31 for 242 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions on Thursday. Denver got the win 37-28.
The Denver Broncos made a quarterback switch from Jeff Driskel to Brett Rypien late in their loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, and that change will stick for Week 4.
Rypien is expected start against the New York Jets on Thursday night, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Rypien, a former undrafted free agent out of Boise State, entered Sunday’s game with the Broncos trailing 28-10 and about 10 minutes remaining. He played just one series, completing 8-of-9 passes for 53 yards and an interception. Despite the pick, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio obviously wants to see what Rypien can do as a starter.
Fangio listed multiple reasons for why he benched Driskel in favor of Rypien.
Broncos starting quarterback Drew Lock is out with a rotator cuff injury, and it sounds possible that he could beat his original timeline of missing 4-5 weeks. Denver is 0-3 and will likely continue to struggle whether Driskel or Rypien is under center.
The Denver Broncos stunk it up at home in a 28-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday and even made a quarterback switch late in the game.
Down 28-10 with 10 minutes left, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio went from backup Jeff Driskel to Brett Rypien. Fangio had a few reasons for the decision and pointed out where Driskel went wrong.
“I just wanted to get a new guy in there and see if he could get it out of his hand quicker,” Fangio said of the switch.
Fangio also said Driskel struggled to get the offense in the proper protection schemes.
Driskel, who got the start because Drew Lock is hurt, went 17/30 for 176 yards, a touchdown and an interception. In his lone series, Rypien was 8/9 for 53 yards and an interception.
Denver is now 0-3 and will not get any better while Lock is out. The only good news is that Lock might be able to beat his injury timetable.
It would be fair to say that the 2019 quarterback class is not the most elite one we’ve ever seen. Serious questions linger around even the top-ranked signal-callers on the big board, and neither of them looks like a guaranteed franchise quarterback. That won’t stop quarterback-needy teams from pursuing them and spending high draft picks on some of them, because there’s a good bit to dream on, too.
Here are the top ten quarterbacks in the 2019 draft class.
10. Brett Rypien, Boise State
There is certainly a family pedigree here, as Brett Rypien is the nephew of former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien. A four-year starter at Boise State, he also has experience, and it showed — Rypien was very good at reading progressions and getting a quick release in college, and is a fairly accurate and intelligent passer. Teams will like that. The problems come in the fact that he’s a bit undersized (6-foot-2, 210 pounds), can be rattled by pressure, and most importantly, has questionable arm strength for the NFL level. A lot of his 29 college interceptions came from poorly-thrown or inaccurate deep balls. He could be groomed to succeed in a shorter passing game, and has enough skills to make an NFL roster.
The college football season is upon us, which should have fans pumped across the country. Though it will take a while to get a sense for the best 25 teams in the country, we do have our preseason top 25 entering the first full slate of games. Those teams will be relying on some key players all season. Here is a look at the most important player for each of the preseason’s top 25 teams.
1) Alabama — Tua Tagovailoa, QB
After taking over the second half of the national championship game, Tagovailoa showed what he can do. He is mobile, fearless, and has a big arm. He can give Alabama the kind of big-play ability at quarterback they haven’t seen for a while — possibly ever. He has no shortage of talent around him, much of it NFL-level, and he has already demonstrated skill and poise in the most pressure-filled situation. Expect him to have a solid year at minimum.
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The quarterback genes really run in the Rypien family.
Not only was Mark Rypien a Super Bowl winning quarterback with the Washington Redskins, but his daughter is a quarterback in the league formerly known as the Lingerie Football League, and his nephew is a star quarterback at Shadle Park High School in Spokane, Washington. In fact, Brett Rypien has committed to play college ball at Boise State.
Brett Rypien threw for 3,266 yards as a junior and had scholarship offers from Washington, Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona State in the Pac-12, as well as Mississippi State in the SEC. According to The Seattle Times, Rypien Rypien said Boise State’s coaching staff, facilities and atmosphere helped win him over.
Brett Rypien holds the state record with 613 passing yards in a game where he also threw six touchdowns. He’s 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and has thrown for over 8,500 yards and 90 touchdowns in his high school career.
He has a long way to go to surpass his uncle, but it seems like that may be a possibility.
H/T USA Today High School Sports
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