The Denver Broncos will be without franchise quarterback Russell Wilson on Sunday against the visiting New York Jets. Can Brett Rypien operate the offense effectively enough for Denver to score more points and have a balance between the run game and passing offense?

Denver Broncos will start Brett Rypien against the New York Jets

After being a limited participant in practice throughout the week, the Denver Broncos announced on Saturday that Russell Wilson will be out against the New York Jets. Brett Rypien will get the start under center for the Broncos.

Wilson’s hamstring injury isn’t where it needs to be in order for him to effectively operate the offense and do the things that he’s normally good at like rolling out and extending plays with his legs. Despite being ruled out Sunday, don’t be surprised if the Broncos decide to hold him out next week in London when Denver takes on the Jacksonville Jaguars before heading into the bye week.

Ironically, the last time Rypien started for the Broncos came on Thursday Night Football early in the 2020 season against the Jets on the road. Rypien helped lead the Broncos to a 37-28 victory while going 19 of 31 passing for 242 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Since his first start, Rypien has grown into a valued player in the eyes of the Broncos’ front office and personnel department. He understands the game at a high level which has many people around the league believing that he’ll eventually get into coaching when his playing days are over. What’s even more telling is that Rypien is the only quarterback on Denver’s roster that’s been with the team since 2019.

In the preseason, Rypien demonstrated a consistent presence of command executing Hackett’s offensive scheme. The Broncos’ fourth-year quarterback was decisive and efficient in the passing game, attacking various levels of the field in preseason play.

On Sunday, the Broncos will ‘Let It Ryp‘ and Let Russ Heal.

The Broncos also activated quarterback Josh Johnson from the practice squad with Wilson being ruled out. He will back up Rypien during Sunday’s action.

The Denver Broncos (2-4) will host the New York Jets (4-2) at 2:05 p.m. MT at Empower Field at Mile High or you can watch the action on CBS.