Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) returned to practice this week but he’s been limited. If Lock isn’t quite ready to play against the Patriots on Monday, Brett Rypien will make his second NFL start.
Rypien has been treating this week as if he’s planning to start.
“I’m going about it like I’m going to play [Monday],” Rypien said Wednesday. “Obviously, there’s some uncertainty with Drew right now, and he’s going to be practicing [this week] which is great. I’m really happy that he’s able to come back.
“From my standpoint, I have to prepare like I’m going to play and if the coaches tell me on Thursday or Friday that Drew’s ready to go and he can play, that’s awesome too and I’ll be there to support him and get him ready.”
Rypien went 19-of-31 passing for 242 yards with two touchdown passes and three interceptions in a 37-28 win over the Jets last week. He’d love to start again but Rypien is willing to serve as a helpful backup if Lock returns.
“At the end of the day, I understand my role,” Rypien said. “This is Drew Lock’s team. Drew Lock has been the leader of this franchise for the past year and he’s done an unbelievable job at that. From my standpoint, I have to do what I can to help him and help this team win. And if that means playing this week and helping our team win this week, that’s what I’m focused on.
“I don’t really look at it from a standpoint of him taking an opportunity away from me. I look at it like I’m getting an opportunity, and if he comes back, then that’s an opportunity for me to help him.”
That’s a great attitude for Rypien to have, one that could help him stick around for a long time as a quality backup.