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The Denver Broncos (4-6) are set to play the New Orleans Saints (8-2) today - Sunday - and the game will have many eyes on it thanks to odd, unique, interesting Saints QB, Taysom Hill, who is the most versatile player in the NFL, playing every position possible.
However, this game will not be headlined by the 30-year-old Hill’s bizarre story of finally playing QB in the NFL, instead, it will be headlined by the drama going on at Mile High.
This drama being the quarterback situation there, or lack of it. All four Broncos QBs have had ‘high-contact- with COVID19 and are placed on the reserve/COVID19 list, meaning none are eligible for the game. And since the Broncos can’t sign a QB in time for the game due to COVID protocols, Denver is forced to do something never seen before. Something so odd that even Timmy Turner is amazed.
The Denver Broncos are now starting an undrafted rookie wide receiver who has spent the whole season on the practice squad, Kendall Hinton with running back Royce Freeman being the ‘emergency’ QB, in case all things go wrong. But seriously, what could possibly go wrong?
Well, just about everything, as the last time Hinton played QB (seriously) was as a freshman in 2015, where he managed to get over a 50% percent completion percentage, with 52.5%. The Broncos new QB also threw five interceptions and 6 touchdowns, not ideal for an NFL QB.
Meanwhile, emergency QB, Royce Freeman’s only ever throw was when he played college football at Oregon, throwing to Marcus Mariota on a trick play.
The Broncos were so worried about the situation they’re facing that they tried to get the NFL to let them use offensive quality control coach, Rob Calabrese, as their QB. Calabrese played QB/WR at UCF and is also the former offensive coordinator at Wagner College. Denver was pushing for this scenario as Calabrese had the highest knowledge of the playbook.
Unfortunately, the Broncos request was denied by Roger Goodell and the NFL, and Denver is hoping for a miracle in the mystery man himself, Kendall Hinton.
Hinton starting today means he will have started an NFL game at the QB position before both Jordan Love and Jalen Hurts, who both were top QB recruits in this past year's NFL Draft.
As a whole, our society has seen many crazy things happen in sports due to COVID. March Madness canceling, the Olympics being moved to 2021, draft night(s) being virtual, but this is the craziest, utterly bizarre, 2020 situation yet. Good luck to Kendall, who has the opportunity of a lifetime today - ish.
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