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Idaho ties in the NFL: Denver assistant coach praises Rypien as ‘tough, competitive’

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Watch some of Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien's top plays from the 2018 season.
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Watch some of Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien's top plays from the 2018 season.

Former Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien and the rest of the Denver Broncos’ 2019 rookie class have their first practice of training camp Thursday at the UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado.

Rypien is one of four quarterbacks listed on the Broncos’ 90-man preseason roster, which will be cut to 53 on Aug. 31 — the same day his former Boise State teammates take on Florida State at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

Denver and Atlanta open the 2019 NFL preseason schedule with the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 1 in Canton, Ohio (6 p.m. MT, NBC). It will be the first of five preseason opportunities Rypien will have to show the Denver front office what he can do.

Veteran Joe Flacco is expected to be the Broncos’ starting quarterback this season, and 2019 second-round pick Drew Lock of Missouri is predicted to serve as backup.

That leaves Rypien and fourth-year QB Kevin Hogan to duke it out for the potential third QB spot on the roster. However, Lock has not yet signed his rookie contract, according to multiple reports.

“Will the Broncos keep a third quarterback on the 53-man roster?” wrote Travis Wakeman of BroncosWire.com. “If the answer to that question is yes, then Rypien has probably the best chance of any undrafted free agent on the roster to make the team.

“All he would have to do is outperform Hogan, who is with his fourth NFL team. For his career, Hogan has completed 59.4 percent of his passes and thrown four touchdowns with seven interceptions.”

Both the Denver Post and MileHighReport.com predict Rypien will land on Denver’s practice squad.

“This was a very deep draft class because there were a lot of guys that started a lot of games. I just value that greatly,” Denver offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello told BroncosWire.com in May. “I think you can evaluate a person and what they’re made of and how they play the game. Brett had those same qualities (as Lock). He was tough, he was competitive and he played in a very good program.

“They coach their guys very well at Boise, and he did a lot of great things. He started a lot of games. It’s very easy to evaluate that. I think he has the type of personality, like Drew and like all of the guys in that room, competitive and they have the mind for it. They’re processors. I think that’s what it takes in this league.”

Rypien signed with Denver as an undrafted free agent following a Boise State career in which he became the Mountain West’s all-time leading passer and No. 13 in FBS history with 13,581 passing yards.

Rypien is one of 34 players with Idaho ties currently on an NFL roster as the preseason begins.

BOISE STATE

LB, Kamalei Correa, No. 44 Tennessee Titans

DL, Tyrone Crawford, No. 98 Dallas Cowboys

CB, Donte Deayon, No. 27 Los Angeles Rams

QB, Ryan Finley, No. 5 Cincinnati Bengals

C, Marcus Henry, No. 61 New Orleans Saints

S, George Iloka, No. 20 Dallas Cowboys

DE, DeMarcus Lawrence, No. 90 Dallas Cowboys

OL, Charles Leno Jr., No. 72 Chicago Bears

RB, Doug Martin, No. 22 Oakland Raiders

RB, Alexander Mattison, No. 25 Minnesota Vikings

RB, Jeremy McNichols, No. 30 Tennessee Titans

DE, Durrant Miles, No. 48 Atlanta Falcons

WR, Sean Modster, No. 14 Baltimore Ravens

OL, Rees Odhiambo, No. 63 Arizona Cardinals

C, Matt Paradis (Council High), No. 61 Carolina Panthers

WR, A.J. Richardson, No. 83 Arizona Cardinals

QB, Brett Rypien, No. 4 Denver Broncos

CB, Orlando Scandrick, No. 45 Philadelphia Eagles

CB, Jamar Taylor, No. 8 Seattle Seahawks

S, Darian Thompson, No. 23 Dallas Cowboys

ILB, Tanner Vallejo, No. 48 Arizona Cardinals

LB, Leighton Vander Esch (Salmon River High), No. 55 Dallas Cowboys

WR, Cedrick Wilson, No. 16 Dallas Cowboys

DL, Billy Winn, No. 90 Denver Broncos

IDAHO

G/T, Jesse Davis, No. 77 Miami Dolphins

LB, Kaden Elliss, No. 55 New Orleans Saints

G, Mike Iupati, No. 70 Seattle Seahawks

DE, Benson Mayowa, No. 91 Oakland Raiders

RB, Elijhaa Penny, No. 39 New York Giants

IDAHO STATE

T, Brian Fineanganofo, No. 67 Cleveland Browns

TE, Josh Hill (Blackfoot High), No. 89 New Orleans Saints

OL, Evan Smith, No. 62 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

HIGH SCHOOLS

DL, Eric Cotton (Columbia High), No. 59 Green Bay Packers

OLB, Porter Gustin (Emmett High), No. 58 New Orleans Saints

QB, Taysom Hill (Highland High), No. 7 New Orleans Saints

OL, Hugh Thornton (Boise/Mountain View High), No. 69 Washington Redskins

Notes: Running back Jay Ajayi (Boise State) is currently a free agent. … Free agent quarterback Brock Osweiler was born in Coeur d’Alene.

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Rachel Roberts has been covering sports for the Idaho Statesman since 2005. She attended Northwest Nazarene University and is Boise born and raised.
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