Broncos’ Vic Fangio won’t commit to Brett Rypien despite win in his first career start

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The Denver Broncos are still trying to find their placeholder until Drew Lock returns from injury, and they may have that standby in Brett Rypien. Head coach Vic Fangio isn’t ready to commit to the second-year quarterback just yet, though, despite Rypien helping the Broncos capture their first win of the season — in his first career start no less. 

“We have some extra days to think about it, look at the tape and thoroughly analyze it and go with what we think is best,” Fangio said after the Broncos’ victory over the New York Jets Thursday night. 

Rypien finished 19 of 31 for for 242 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions in the win — two of which came in the fourth quarter that brought the Jets back in the game as New York even took a one-point lead with 6:23 to play. While Rypien was credited with a fourth quarter comeback, he also showcased some questionable decision making in the game despite moving the offense the majority of the night. 

“It was up and down. I thought there were some good things,” Fangio said. “We hit some big plays, which is always important. But, throwing three interceptions, you’re not going to win many times in this league, but we found a way to win tonight in spite of that which I think is a reflection of the fight that we have in this team, and these players and the commitment they have to each other that we overcome minus three and a pick six.”

Rypien deserves some credit in not getting sacked, aiding a Broncos offensive line that as surrendered 13 of them over the past two games. The Broncos quarterback still received his fair share of hits, but that was from the unnecessary roughness


Broncos QB Brett Rypien shows flashes of his uncle Mark in first career start

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Due to an injury to starting quarterback Drew Lock and poor play from backup Jeff Driskel, the Denver Broncos marched out quarterback Brett Rypien as their starter for Thursday night’s matchup with the New York Jets.

If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Brett is the nephew of former Washington quarterback Mark Rypien, who won two Super Bowls with Washington. Brett Rypien was named the starter earlier in the week after taking over for Driskel late in Week 3, though his head coach had him confused with his uncle.

While the undrafted passer from Boise State was making his first career start on Thursday, there were moments where it sure didn’t look like it during Denver’s 37-28 win. 

Right from the start, Rypien was not afraid to push the ball and let it fly. Some quarterbacks getting their feet wet in the NFL for the first time like to ease into the role and look for the easier plays, not Rypien. His first career touchdown came on a 48-yard bomb to Jerry Jeudy.

The wide receiver made an outstanding play on the ball, but credit to Rypien for noticing the one-on-one matchup and putting the ball in a place where his man could get it.

Later in the first half, Rypien once again went deep downfield to Tim Patrick, showing that he can drop the ball in the bucket with ease. The pass would set up a touchdown for Denver.

The young quarterback continued to shine in the second half, once again connecting with Patrick for his second passing touchdown of the night. This time, Rypien showed his ability to thread the needle, firing the ball in to the only spot it