Brett Rypien reportedly named Broncos' Week 4 starter Thursday versus Jets

Denver Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien will start Week 4 versus the New York Jets on Thursday night, reports James Palmer of NFL Network.

What It Means:

Rypien, a 2019 undrafted free agent, will be making his first career start after replacing Jeff Driskel in the fourth quarter on Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He went 8-for-9 for 53 yards on the Broncos' meaningless final drive but it ended with a sack and then an interception over the final three plays. The offense may have an easier time moving the ball against the Jets, but none of the Broncos' pass-catchers offer much upside with Drew Lock (arm) unavailable.

Driskel is tied for the second-highest average depth of target in the NFL and he was marginally more efficient (-0.19 Passing Net Expected Points per attempt) in Week 3 than Rypien (-0.24). Per numberFire's advanced rankings, the Jets have the third-worst pass defense in the league.