The Denver Broncos have four quarterbacks on their roster and practice squad. Backup Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and that led to an almost unfathomable situation for the AFC West team on the eve of its Sunday game with the New Orleans Saints.
The Broncos now have 0 quarterbacks available to face the Saints.
Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, and Blake Bortles were all sent home Saturday and eventually deemed ineligible to play against the Saints because they are high-risk after being around Driskel without masks.
Denver tight end Noah Fant cried “Unfair” on Twitter.
I’m not one to complain, but @NFL y’all can’t possibly send us into a game without a QB. The most important position to a offense. We don’t even got a back up….
— Noah Fant (@nrfant) November 29, 2020
So, what are John Elway and Vic Fangio going to do?
Von Miller, who is lost for the season with an ankle injury offered a solution. The star linebacker said he could become “Von Elway.”
That isn’t going to work.
Who Could Fill in?
So, Denver is reduced to running back Royce Freeman, who has not thrown a pass since 2014. He was a freshman at Oregon when he found Marcus Mariota, yes the quarterback who went on to win a Heisman as a Duck, with a 26-yard TD pass in a loss to Arizona.
The next man up could be Kendall Hinton, who was a quarterback at Wake Forest before transitioning to wide receiver. He hasn’t played in his rookie season as an undrafted free agent.
Then, there is always this possibility:
Jerry Jeudy tomorrow: pic.twitter.com/Fs19c8S1c4
— Josh Silverman (@JoshMSilverman) November 28, 2020