The Denver Broncos are doing what the rest of the league is doing on Tuesday, figuring out how to tell the next player they are no longer on the team. It sucks, yes, but it’s all a part of the business side of the NFL.
On Tuesday, they announced they were releasing journeyman and backup quarterback Josh Johnson. They also announced that backup quarterback Brett Rypien made the initial 53-man roster.
My guess is that if Johnson clears waivers, they will have him back on the practice squad. However, that is a really big if. Johnson showed that he deserves a backup quarterback spot somewhere, and there are some teams out there that are in dire need of what he brings.
Brett Rypien really came on late, beginning with his performance in Buffalo. The fourth-year player knows the personnel and is a fit in Nathaniel Hackett’s system. https://t.co/sfxeHts0V9— Nick Kosmider (@NickKosmider) August 30, 2022
There aren’t many players on the Broncos who played a better preseason than Johnson. He was electric against the Dallas Cowboys.
I think he was dealt a terrible hand against the Bills. His game looked worse than Rypien’s because Johnson went against the Bills starters for the entire first half. Rypien played all backups.
It’s really no excuse, because if they were to get a start they would have to play the starters. However, it just feels like after that game the decision was already made.
Rypien is a great backup quarterback, though, and the Broncos will make the best out of the situation no matter what.
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