We wrap up the 2022 preseason tonight with the Denver Broncos hosting the Minnesota Vikings. The game won’t matter to most fans, but for many players on the field, it will be their last chance to make their case for the final 53-man roster.
Heading into the game, head coach Nathaniel Hackett decided to give the start to Brett Rypien over veteran Josh Johnson. The main point of emphasis was consistency and the quarterback who makes the most of it will be the most likely to win that backup job this season.
“Consistency,” Hackett said Thursday. “Consistency is huge. You want to make sure they’re getting there, executing the plan, understanding when we want to change plays or continue the same play, progression and all that stuff. I’m understanding and good. Want to make decisions.’ At this point, he’s made some really good decisions, so we want him to be consistent with the ball as well.”
When asked to follow up on Rypien specifically, Hackett explained what makes him a good candidate to win the job.
“Brett [Ripien] is one of those guys that when he has that perfect footwork, when he has a perfect understanding of what he’s trying to achieve, he’s incredibly skilled, ” said Hackett. “I think we saw that last game, and the first game against Dallas as well. He did a lot of good things just with a sense of rhythm and using your feet and your blocking so you can be more accurate. He Actually bought it. You can see it up to this point.”
While both quarterbacks have struggled and had their ups and downs, the fact that Rypien is starting in the game certainly suggests that the competition is real and far from over. This is a battle we want to focus on today.