Boise State Football

Plenty of work to be done, but it looks like Mattison, Rypien found good NFL fits

Boise State running back Alexander Mattison (22) dives into the endzone for a Bronco touchdown against Fresno State in the third quarter Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.
Boise State running back Alexander Mattison (22) dives into the endzone for a Bronco touchdown against Fresno State in the third quarter Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. doswald@idahostatesman.com

With the NFL Draft behind us, it is time to take a look at how Boise State’s top offensive stars fit in their new locales.

On the newest edition of the 208 Podcast, which recently won first place in the Idaho Press Club awards for sports talk show, we discuss Alexander Mattison in Minnesota and Brett Rypien in Denver.

Mattison, a third-round pick, should immediately fit in as the Vikings’ short-yardage, power option behind Dalvin Cook. Latavius Murray left in free agency, and Mattison is now the team’s biggest back. He also should fit in well with the one-cut approach new Vikings offensive staff member Gary Kubiak likes.

Rypien signed with a team in the Broncos that have four other quarterbacks, including second-round pick Drew Lock. However, diving into it, he has a pretty good shot of making the practice squad, at worst. In fact, on Thursday, Denver cut one of those quarterbacks, Garrett Grayson.

Rookie minicamps are this weekend or next, so it will be the first time Mattison, Rypien and a bunch of other newcomers first suit up for their teams, like Idaho seventh-rounder Kaden Elliss (Saints) and Boise State free agents Tyler Horton (Dolphins), Jabril Frazier (Jets), Durrant Miles (Falcons), A.J. Richardson (Cardinals) and Sean Modster (Ravens).

Listen to this week’s podcast episode above. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn and Stitcher.

Have ideas? Reach out at The208podcast@gmail.com.

Dave Southorn, the Idaho Statesman’s Boise State sports reporter, and KTVB sports director Jay Tust are the hosts of the weekly podcast “The 208: Sports. Stats. Stories.”
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Dave Southorn is a 2004 graduate from the University of Colorado. He has covered Boise State athletics since 2005, and worked at the Idaho Statesman since 2013. He’s won multiple Idaho Press Club awards and once won a contest designing a play for the Seattle Seahawks.If you like seeing stories like this, please consider supporting our work with a digital subscription to the Idaho Statesman.
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