Brett Rypien

Denver Broncos
Quarterback #4
Denver Broncos
Quarterback #4

Brett Rypien News

Returning to backup role

Rypien will serve as the backup to Russell Wilson in Sunday's contest against the Rams after head coach Nathaniel Hackett confirmed that Wilson cleared the concussion protocol and will reclaim starting duties following a one-game absence, Zack Kelberman of reports.

Analysis: Wilson actually cleared the five-step protocol last Friday, but his lack of practice time leading up to the Week 15 contest prompted the Broncos to hold him out of the matchup with the Cardinals. Rypien proceeded to pick up his second start of the season and guided the Broncos to a 24-15 win, completing 21 of 26 pass attempts for 197 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Though Rypien helped Denver end a five-game losing streak, he never appeared to be a serious threat to earn more starts over a healthy Wilson, given what the Broncos invested into acquiring the former Seattle quarterback this past offseason.

Dec 22, 2022 1:58 PM EST

Manages Denver to victory

Rypien completed 21 of 26 passes for 197 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 24-15 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Rypien was filling in for the injured Russell Wilson (concussion) and managed the game effectively. He threw almost exclusively in the short areas of the field -- his longest completion went for only 19 yards -- and his lone touchdown of the game came on a three-yard touchdown toss to Eric Tomlinson midway through the fourth quarter. Wilson cleared concussion protocol ahead of Sunday's win, so it's likely that Rypien will return to a backup role for a Week 16 matchup against the Rams.

Dec 18, 2022 6:12 PM EST

Named Week 15 starter

Rypien will start Sunday against the Cardinals, as Russell Wilson (concussion) has been ruled out,

Analysis: Wilson successfully passed concussion protocol, but the 3-10 Broncos will keep their pricey starting quarterback out in Week 15 out of an abundance of caution. As a result, Rypien will be tabbed for his second start of the season at home against a Cardinals defense that's giving up a league-high 26.8 points per game.

Dec 16, 2022 12:28 PM EST

Shaky in relief Sunday

Rypien completed four of eight passes for 16 yards and a touchdown with an interception after replacing Russell Wilson (concussion) late in Sunday's 34-28 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Entering the game with about 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter and the ball at the Kansas City 16-yard line, Rypien wrapped up the drive with a seven-yard TD strike to Jerry Jeudy. It proved to be Denver's final points of the game, however, and Rypien's subsequent possessions featured a three-and-out in which he fumbled a snap but was able to recover it, and then an INT that effectively ended the game. If Wilson's concussion keeps him sidelined in Week 15, Rypien would make his second start of the year against a Cardinals defense that was tied for last in the league in TD passes allowed coming into Week 14.

Dec 11, 2022 5:57 PM EST

Shifting to backup role Week 8

Rypien will move back to the No. 2 quarterback role Sunday against the Jaguars in London with Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett confirming that Russell Wilson (hamstring) has been cleared to start the contest, reports.

Analysis: After concluding Week 8 prep with a full practice, Wilson has been deemed ready to take back the reins of the Denver offense after a one-game absence due to a hamstring strain. While Wilson was sidelined Week 7, Rypien wasn't able to uplift an already struggling Denver offense, completing just 24 of 46 pass attempts for 225 yards and an interception to go with nine yards on the ground in a 16-9 loss to the Jets.

Oct 28, 2022 9:17 AM EST

Can't get offense on track

Rypien completed 24 of 46 passes for 225 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 16-9 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Rypien earned his second career start in the absence of Russell Wilson (hamstring), though the Broncos showed no signs of curtailing their passing volume. He started the game in promising fashion by leading Denver to a touchdown on its third offensive possession, though that was the majority of the scoring for the team on the day. Despite averaging only 4.9 yards per attempt, Rypien also managed to keep his primary pass catchers involved, as Jerry Jeudy earned 11 targets and Courtland Sutton nine. Wilson is optimistic that he'll return for a Week 8 matchup against the Jaguars, and if that's the case, Rypien will revert to his backup role.

Oct 23, 2022 9:10 PM EST

Will start Week 7

Rypien is set to start the Broncos' Week 7 matchup against the Jets, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With Russell Wilson (hamstring) sidelined, Rypien will get the starting nod for Denver. He last saw action in Week 16 of the 2021 season for the Broncos, but this will mark his first meaningful time on the field.

Oct 22, 2022 9:46 AM EST

Will start Saturday

Rypien will start Saturday's preseason finale against the Vikings, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: With Denver's No. 2 quarterback competition heating up heading into the 2022 campaign, Rypien will start and play for the first half of the contest. The 26-year-old signal caller will have the chance to win the backup job if he has another strong performance similar to Week 2 of the preseason, in which he completed 22 of 26 passes for 191 yards and one touchdown against the Bills. Josh Johnson, however, has been impressive in his own right and offers a lot of experience as an eight-year veteran in the league. Rypien and Johnson will each get a half to prove that they deserve to be Russell Wilson's backup when the Broncos open their season against the Seahawks on Sept. 12.

Aug 23, 2022 1:38 PM EST

Shines in loss

Rypien completed 22 of 26 passes for 191 yards and one touchdown while adding nine yards on three carries in Saturday's 42-15 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Rypien entered the contest in the second half when the Broncos were already trailing the Bills 35-6, but the fourth-year signal caller made the most of his opportunity. The 26-year-old finds himself in a battle for the No. 2 quarterback spot with veteran Josh Johnson, the latter of which signed with Denver this offseason. Based on the Broncos' first preseason game against the Cowboys, it seemed Johnson was beginning to separate himself in the competition, but Rypien's impressive performance against Buffalo will likely turn the heat up on the battle for the backup spot. If he has another solid performance in Denver's third preseason game against Minnesota on Aug. 27, Rypien could make a push for the No. 2 role as the coaching staff makes their final roster decisions ahead of the 2022 campaign.

Aug 21, 2022 6:01 AM EST

Signs tender

Rypien signed his one-year exclusive rights tender Monday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Rypien spent the majority of the 2021 season as the Broncos' No. 3 signal-caller behind Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock, appearing in just one game and logging three snaps in total. Even with Bridgewater (Miami) and Lock (Seattle) in new locations, Rypien's outlook won't change much in 2022. The Broncos acquired Russell Wilson from the Seahawks earlier in the offseason, while Josh Johnson looks like the favorite for the backup role after he was brought aboard in March on a one-year, $1.3 million deal.

Apr 11, 2022 1:57 PM EST

Tendered by Broncos

The Broncos extended a contract tender to Rypien on Sunday.

Analysis: Rypien played just three offensive snaps during the 2021 campaign and failed to complete either of his two pass attempts. As an exclusive rights free agent, he'll return to Denver in 2022 to serve as a backup to Russell Wilson.

Mar 13, 2022 6:35 PM EST

Won't suit up Sunday

Rypien (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: With Drew Lock back off the reserve/COVID-19 list, Rypien slides back down the depth chart. He has not appeared in a game this season.

Nov 28, 2021 11:53 AM EST

Ascends to No. 2 role Week 9

Rypien will serve as the backup quarterback behind starter Teddy Bridgewater in Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Aside from exiting early in Week 4 with a concussion, Bridgewater has been healthy and has started every game this season, resulting in Rypien being a fixture on the inactive list as the team's No. 3 quarterback. However, with top backup Drew Lock moving to the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Rypien will get the chance to dress Week 9. The Broncos haven't revealed whether Lock tested positive for the virus or if he was ruled out for contact tracing, making it unclear if Rypien will remain the No. 2 signal-caller beyond this week.

Nov 7, 2021 5:58 AM EST

Joins active roster

The Broncos signed Rypien to their 53-man roster after another team expressed interest in signing him off their practice squad, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Rypien appeared in three games for the Broncos last season and won his only start. When Teddy Bridgewater was acquired in the offseason, it was almost a forgone conclusion that the 25-year-old wouldn't earn a spot on the initial 53-man roster. He signed with Denver's practice squad to start the season, but he has been called up to the active roster to avoid another team signing him.

Sep 28, 2021 1:06 PM EST

Back to practice squad

The Broncos signed Rypien to the practice squad Wednesday, Howard Balzer of reports.

Analysis: Rypien appeared in three games for Denver last season, but with Teddy Bridgewater starting the 2021 season and Drew Lock available behind him, there wasn't room for a third quarterback on the initial 53-man roster. He will continue his development on the practice squad.

Sep 2, 2021 4:02 AM EST

Lands on waivers

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

Analysis: Teddy Bridgewater will start at quarterback for the Broncos while Drew Lock serves as the backup. Rypien played in three games last season with one start, completing 68 percent of his passes for 295 yards (7.4 YPA), two touchdowns and four interceptions. If he clears waivers, he'll land on the practice squad.

Aug 30, 2021 6:52 PM EST

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.

Jan 17, 2021 2:56 PM EST

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.

Dec 1, 2020 1:41 PM EST

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.

Nov 28, 2020 3:11 PM EST

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.

Nov 22, 2020 11:45 AM EST

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