Brett Rypien

Brett Rypien

Quarterback #4
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 210 lb.
College:Boise State
Born:July 9, 1996
Drafted:2019 / UDFA

Brett Rypien: Gets one start in sophomore season

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.

Analysis: 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.

January 17, 2021 2:56 PM EST

Brett Rypien: Returns from COVID-19 list

Rypien was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: 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.

December 1, 2020 1:41 PM EST

Brett Rypien: Goes to COVID-19 list

Rypien was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Starting quarterback Drew Lock was also placed on the list, joining Jeff Driskel. All three 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, and the Broncos will need to get creative nonetheless.

November 28, 2020 3:11 PM EST

Brett Rypien: Remains backup Sunday

Rypien will be the backup quarterback Sunday against the Dolphins with Drew Lock (ribs) active and starting, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: 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.

November 22, 2020 11:45 AM EST

Brett Rypien: Staying ready for possible start

Rypien split reps in Thursday's practice with top quarterback Drew Lock (ribs), who was listed as a limited participant in the session, Zac Stevens of reports.

Analysis: As Sunday's game against the Dolphins approaches, the Broncos are viewing Lock as day-to-day after he came out of the Week 10 loss to the Raiders with a muscle strain and bruising to his ribs. The fact that Lock returned to the field in some fashion Thursday is an encouraging sign that he'll be ready to play once the weekend arrives, but head coach Vic Fangio is keeping Rypien prepared in the event Lock's condition takes a turn for the worse. Rypien previously picked up a start Week 4 while Lock was out with a shoulder injury, completing 19 of 31 attempts for 242 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in a 37-28 win over the Jets.

November 19, 2020 2:27 PM EST

Brett Rypien: Set for backup duties

Rypien will serve as Drew Lock's backup Sunday against the Patriots, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Rypien proved enough in his Week 4 start against the Jets, when he completed 19 of 31 passes (61 percent) for 242 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, to earn the No. 2 quarterback job upon Lock's return to the lineup. Jeff Driskel is inactive as a result. Rypien won't play much this year as long as Lock stays healthy, but his short tryout could keep him in the Broncos' plans moving forward.

October 18, 2020 8:37 AM EST

Brett Rypien: Overcomes three-interception night

Rypien completed 19 of 31 passes for 242 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in the Broncos' 37-28 win over the Jets on Thursday. He also rushed for minus-5 yards on five carries.

Analysis: Rypien had quite the rollercoaster of a first NFL start, providing a fair share of highlights and regrettable moments during the surprisingly high-scoring win. The Boise State product almost derailed the game with a pair of second-half interceptions over a span of four attempts, with one of the picks being returned for a touchdown by Pierre Desir to bring the Jets to within 27-25 with 10:45 remaining. However, to his credit, Rypien righted the ship by subsequently leading a pivotal nine-play, 40-yard drive highlighted by a 31-yard completion to Tim Patrick that put the ball in field-goal range. Rypien also connected with rookie Jerry Jeudy earlier in the game on a 48-yard score, and outside of the miscues, he performed serviceably for a first-time starter that traveled a pair of time zones to play on a short week. He'll now have extra time to prepare for what could be a Week 5 start on the road against the Patriots on Sunday, Oct. 11 unless Drew Lock (shoulder) is deemed ready to return for that contest.

October 1, 2020 9:12 PM EST

Brett Rypien: Confirmed starter against Jets

Coach Vic Fangio named Rypien the starting quarterback for Thursday's game versus the Jets, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: 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.

September 29, 2020 11:35 AM EST

Brett Rypien: Frontrunner for Week 4 start

The Broncos have yet to name a starting quarterback for Thursday's game against the Jets, but Rypien is expected to receive the assignment, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: With top signal-caller Drew Lock (shoulder) set to miss a second straight game Week 4 and with coach Vic Fangio deeming the newly signed Blake Bortles as not being ready to start, Rypien and Jeff Driskel are the candidates to direct the Denver offense against New York. Driskel flopped while starting in place of Lock in the Broncos' 28-10 loss to Tampa Bay in Week 3, completing 17 of 30 attempts for 176 yards, a touchdown and an interception before being benched in the fourth quarter in favor of Rypien. While Rypien didn't produce points on his lone drive, he proved to be more efficient, completing his first eight pass attempts for 53 yards before throwing a red-zone interception on fourth down. The respectable relief performance looks like it will be enough for Rypien to earn his first NFL start, but expect the Broncos to rely on a conservative, run-heavy offensive script Thursday, if the game flow allows for it.

September 29, 2020 10:54 AM EST

Brett Rypien: Could start versus Jets on Thursday

Coach Vic Fangio relayed Monday that he hasn't decided whether Rypien or Jeff Driskel will start against the Jets on Thursday, Zac Stevens of reports.

Analysis: With Drew Lock (shoulder) out, Driskel started this past Sunday's loss against the Buccaneers, but he was replaced by Rypien after recording just 5.9 yards per attempt, a touchdown and an interception. Rypien was more accurate and just as efficient, completing eight of nine passes for 53 yards (5.9 YPA) and an interception in his first NFL action. The two may compete during the practice week, and Fangio was clear that Blake Bortles isn't in the starting conversation at this time.

September 28, 2020 11:51 AM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

September 27, 2020 6:50 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

September 25, 2020 3:53 PM EST

Brett Rypien: Set for No. 2 QB duties with Denver

Head coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday that the Broncos intend to call Rypien up from the practice squad to serve as the team's backup quarterback Sunday against the Buccaneers, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Though the Broncos will delay placing Drew Lock (shoulder) on injured reserve, the team's starting signal-caller is still expected to miss at least two games. Denver signed Blake Bortles earlier this week to add some experienced depth at the position while Lock is sidelined, but Fangio suggested Bortles likely won't be ready to serve as anything more than an emergency option at quarterback Sunday, if he's even active for the contest. Since Rypien has familiarity with the Broncos' system after spending the past year and a half with the organization as a member of the offseason roster, 53-man roster or practice squad, Fangio views him as an ideal backup in the short term for Jeff Driskel, who will start in place of Lock in Week 3. Rypien could return to the practice squad as soon as Week 4, when Bortles will presumably be up to speed with the new playbook.

September 24, 2020 11:22 AM EST

Brett Rypien: Fails to make final cut

Rypien was waived by the Broncos on Saturday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Rypien dressed as the backup for the Broncos for three games in 2019, but did not appear in any of them. Rypien failed to make an impression with the coaching staff for even a third-string role, as the Broncos will roll with Drew Lock and Jeff Driskel on the depth chart to start the 2020 campaign.

September 6, 2020 9:45 AM EST

Brett Rypien: Ends 2019 without a pass

Rypien dressed as the backup for three games in 2019, but did not appear in any of them.

Analysis: As the Broncos shuffled quarterbacks in Weeks 9 through 12 while both Joe Flacco and Drew Lock were injured, Rypien was briefly promoted to the active roster to backup Brandon Allen. He was cut and came back to the practice squad once Lock came off of injured-reserve and signed back with the team at the end of the season. In three preseason games, he made an impressive touchdown throw to fellow rookie Juwann Winfree in the opener, but looked mostly out of sorts. Rypien earned a six-figure signing bonus out of the draft, so the Broncos brass clearly liked his potential. He figures to battle Allen and maybe another body or two in training camp for the right to back up Lock in 2020.

January 4, 2020 10:51 AM EST

Brett Rypien: Signs futures deal

Rypien signed a reserve/future contract with the Broncos on Monday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: The 23-year-old spent most of November on the 53-man roster but was waived and rejoined the practice squad once Drew Locke (thumb) came off injured reserve. Joe Flacco's return from a neck injury isn't guaranteed, which could leave Rypien and Brandon Allen to fight for the backup job behind Locke.

December 30, 2019 2:14 PM EST

Brett Rypien: Sticking in Denver

Rypien is signing with the Broncos' practice squad, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: The 23-year-old was waived by the team over the weekend with Drew Lock (thumb) returning from injured reserve, but he'll remain with Denver on the practice squad after clearing waivers. Rypien didn't see the field during his month-long stint on the 53-man roster.

December 2, 2019 3:36 PM EST

Brett Rypien: Let go by Denver

Rypien was waived by the Broncos on Saturday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: The Broncos activated Drew Lock (thumb) on Saturday so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to see the team waive their backup signal caller. It's entire possible Rypien could return to the team's practice squad after a near month-long stint on the 53-man roster.

November 30, 2019 2:48 PM EST

Brett Rypien: Lands on Denver's practice squad

Rypien signed with the Broncos' practice squad on Sunday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Rypien was in contention for the No. 2 job behind Joe Flacco with Drew Lock (thumb) sidelined, but the Broncos ended up claiming Brandon Allen off waivers to fill the role. Rypien completed 27 of 44 passes for 207 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in three preseason games.

September 2, 2019 10:16 AM EST

Brett Rypien: Serviceable in exhibition finale

Rypien completed eight of 11 attempts for 86 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Broncos' 20-7 preseason win over the Cardinals on Thursday. He also lost two yards on his two rushes.

Analysis: Rypien got his interception out of the way early, as he was picked off at the Cardinals' 43 yard-line on his first drive. Then, following a four-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on which Rypien failed to throw a pass, he bounced back to help lead an 11-play, 73-yard march that culminated in a field goal. The Boise State product remains in contention for the No. 2 job behind Joe Flacco to open the season, with Kevin Hogan serving as his competition for that role.

August 29, 2019 9:39 PM EST

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