The Broncos' quarterback carousel is turning once again.
Broncos head coach Vic Fangio later confirmed that Rypien would get the start, while adding that they "have the ability to mix Jeff [Driskel] in the game if we feel like we need to."
The nephew of two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Mark Rypien, Brett Rypien went undrafted out of Boise State in 2019, landing with the Broncos and spending much of his first season on the team's practice squad. 2020 began in similar fashion until an injury to Drew Lock threw a wrench into the Broncos' quarterback plans, requiring the team to promote Rypien to the active roster to back up Jeff Driskel.
He replaced Driskel in the second half of Sunday's 28-10 loss to Tampa Bay, completing 8 of 9 passes for 53 yards. The lone incompletion was an interception by Mike Edwards that was more of an excellent grab by the safety than it was a poor throw.
Thursday night will be Rypien's first career start, in which he'll become the fifth Broncos quarterback to start a game since the beginning of the 2019 season and ninth different since Peyton Manning retired following Denver's win in Super Bowl 50.
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