Who is Brett Ripian? Here’s everything you need to know about the Broncos Fill-In starting QB for TNF


The Denver Broncos have cycled through so many quarterbacks ever since Peyton Manning retired, I’m surprised John hasn’t gone from the suit on Elway and to tie the shoulder pads and helmets to the owner’s suit.

Since early 2016, eight different quarterbacks have started for the Broncos.

And now the time has come for you to properly introduce the number 9 to someone who saw hundreds thrown at him in college, when he was evaluated just one year ago.

Former Boise State passer Brett Ripian will make his first NFL debut for Denver in Thursday night football against the New York Knight Jets. Theoretically, as Denver’s third-string quarterback, expectations for Rypien should be low, but as you will read here, I have more faith in Rypien than backups specific to backups.

During the 2019 pre-draft process, I compared Stellis to Mark Bulger near the former Rams. Here I wrote about that comparison:

Bulger was an intelligent quarterback who had a brief stint as one of the most skilled passers in the league, making it a quick release from inside the pocket without his mental processing, accuracy and standard NFL size, athleticism, or arm strength Done with Looking at Rypian’s illustrious career at Boip State, I loved it. Rypien actually takes hits and saxes several times because he doesn’t notice the pressure. He almost always keeps his eyes up to scan the field. Love that feature; Many passers-by have a tendency to leave their eyes when they initially do not like what they see or feel pressured. Rypien doesn’t have a decent, great arm, throws with constant anticipation, and you don’t have to worry about him misfiring any part of the field.

Unfortunately, for Rypien, he cannot bring the mid-2000s Tori Holt, Isaac Bruce and Steven Jackson into the 2000s game. Rypien is very similar to Bulger in terms of strengths and weaknesses. This was one of the comparisons I felt most confident about prior to the draft after discovering some scouting reports on Bulger as a comparison. He crashed out of West Virginia in the sixth round in 2000.

Also before the 2019 draft, I ranked the top quarterback prospects in the NFL in every specific skill needed to play the position. The chart below shows where Rapion ranks in each category. In addition to Rypien, six other quarterback prospects included Kylar Murray, Drew Lock, Dwayne Haskins, Daniel Jones, Will Grier and Ryan Finale.

Rank (out of 7)
Short / intermediate accuracy 3
Processing 1
Pocket movement 2
To decide 6
Under pressure 3
Deep passing 3
Arm strength 4
Mobility 7

Yes, you can say that I was high on Rypien, someone who fell on the rank unopposed. He was my QB5 and No. 77 overall prospect. That high ?! Well, situational pricing is built into my grading system. In short, the quarterback gets the biggest boost of his grade, the running back gets the lowest (no boost). But why was Ripian not picked up? Probably because his arm strength only reaches “average” by NFL standards, and he doesn’t fit the mold of today’s most successful quarterbacks, who can be counted on to build outside the playing structure with his feet. (So ​​in the last-placed ranking dynamics).

And while the league is beginning to dominate at supreme athletic quarterbacks with monster weapons, I believe there is still room for a pocket technician. And the latter is exactly the same as Rezian’s, though he loved to spread it vertically at Boise State, where he started 50 (!) Games.

During his relief appearance last week against the Buccaneers, Rypien guided most of Denver’s offense (passing 8 of 8) which mostly throws down and makes a big play for an open Jerry Jeudy in the middle. The drive came to an end when he tried to catch or move safety Mike Edwards out of his eyes before driving a route into the end zone, but Edwards made a superb one-handed interception. That play demonstrated Ripian’s refinement – an attempt to grab the safety with his eyes – but the throw just wasn’t enough velocity to squeeze JUD through a tight-window for a score. Worth noting too – Rypian came up with little to read initially to actually sell it, and was about to pass on the money.

Rypien would catch shotgun snaps behind an offensive line that pressured Lock and Jeff Driskell at 43.2% of their drop backs through Week 3, the highest rate in the NFL. It is horrifying for an essentially non-mobile quarterback, his first NFL debut. Luckily for him, the Jets have only put pressure on the 29.3% drop back that they have faced to top this competition, one of the lowest rates in the league.

How Rypien controls the pressure is likely that he will swing his NFL one way or another. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he reads the defense well, throws accurately at all levels, and doesn’t stop JUD, KJ Heimler and company from taking some deep shots in Thursday night football.