Quarterback Brett Rypien leads Denver Broncos to win over New York Jets in first start

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As it turned out, Brett Rypien, the ninth quarterback to start a game for the Denver Broncos since the start of the 2017 season and the same guy who spent all of last season and most of it in the team’s practice team, was the guy who could do just what it takes to get the Broncos their first win of the season.Rypien looked like a prodigy at times and a quarterback making his first start at other times as the Broncos clinched a 37-28 victory Thursday night at MetLife Stadium to move their record to 1-3.

Rypien, who was told he would start the game Monday night by coach Vic Fangio, finished 19 of 31 passes for 242 yards to go with two touchdowns and three interceptions, the second of which was returned for a touchdown by Pierre. Desire with 10 minutes, 45 seconds left in the game. A 48-yard touchdown by Melvin Gordon just inside the two-minute warning, on which Rypien threw a block downstream, sealed the victory.

And while Desir’s pick was easily Rypien’s worst decision in the game, and he took an intentional penalty to the ground in the dying minutes that nearly pushed Brandon McManus out of reach for what at the time appeared to be. the winning kick. , Rypien got good marks overall for his night shift. Along with the win, he also did one of the toughest things for the Broncos this season – he dodged a sack – as a team that surrendered 13 sacks in the previous two games failed to hand one over. Thursday at the Hosts Jets. night.

Rypien is the third quarterback to start a game for the Broncos in four games this season after Drew Lock injured his shoulder in the Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jeff Driskel struggled in the Week 3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. .

Broncos coaches, including Fangio and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, had liked the way Rypien behaved, especially in how quickly he delivered the ball, during the Broncos’ last possession against the Buccaneers. The Broncos also had a lot of their own information given that Rypien arrived as an undrafted rookie right after the 2019 draft and coaches saw him at two training camps.

“We’ve had a year and two training camps with Brett, and we think he deserves a chance to see what he can do here as a starter,” is how Fangio put it. last week. “Other than the last throw on Sunday [an interception] … So we want to see if this can continue. ”

The biggest change for the Broncos, who entered the NFL game 30th in scoring and 29th in total offense, was Rypien pushing the ball down the field early in the game. He hit a 48-yard touchdown to wide receiver Jerry Jeudy in the second quarter – Jeudy jumped and snatched the ball from Desir – and hit Tim Patrick on a 40-yard stroke later in the quarter.

According to NFL Next Gen Stats data, those two completions put Rypien on a short list with Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady as quarterbacks with two completions this season of at least 40 aerial yards.

Rypien had 9 of his first 11 passes for 141 yards, and by the end of the third quarter he was 15 of 21 for 187 yards with two touchdowns.

Things turned Rypien upside down when the Jets, who tried to put pressure on Rypien all night, intercepted him on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter to turn a 27-18 Broncos lead into a 28-27 lead. Jets. with a little over six minutes to go.

But the Broncos set up basket practice on their next possession, to accompany Gordon’s run, to close their first victory.

And with Lock set to miss at least one more game – the Broncos are set to travel to New England on Oct.11 – his first comeback could be Oct. 18 against Miami. However, Fangio said that since it is Lock’s shoulder that is injured, Lock will not return to the lineup if there is any doubt about the injury, so he could be held back for additional weeks.

The Broncos also signed veteran quarterback Blake Bortles last week, but with Rypien’s performance against the Jets as well as his knowledge of the Denver offense, Rypien should face the Patriots.

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