Denver Broncos quarantine quarterback options for 2020 season.
The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and for the first time in what feels like a lifetime, the Denver Broncos have a young quarterback with huge upside as a long-term starter.
Behind Drew Lock, however, there are question marks. The Broncos brought in Jeff Driskel, a very good athlete at the quarterback position who has been in the league for a few years but hasn’t set himself apart as a clear starting option.
Still, Driskel’s strong arm and ability to make plays with his legs make him almost the ideal backup option in today’s NFL for teams not looking to necessarily develop a player behind an already established veteran.
If the Broncos are forced to put Drew Lock on the COVID-19 reserve list at any point this season, Driskel has enough athletic flash to his game to keep whatever flame the Broncos have going at the time stoked.
There are not many teams that have three quality starting options at the quarterback position if any. The Broncos have 2019 undrafted free agent Brett Rypien as their current third quarterback, and while Rypien was at one point a UDFA he showed some solid upside in his years starting at Boise State.
Even with three quarterbacks on the roster currently, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Broncos put Rypien on the practice squad, and it’s been reported that the Broncos — among other teams — are considering a ‘quarantine’ quarterback for the 2020 season.
This player would essentially be training away from the facility and making themselves available at a moment’s notice, potentially using the same virtual reality technology Drew Lock used last year while rehabbing from a preseason injury to stay ready in case their number should be called.
So who are some options out there for the Broncos to realistically bring in at this point for a quarantine QB? What would the team even be looking for?
Let’s look at some candidates, but let’s also look at some of the qualifications for such a player first.