The Broncos have bolstered their backfield with the additions of these two players.

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Popular backup quarterback Brett Rypien was added to the active 53-man roster on September 28, while running back Mike Boone was designated for return off the injured reserve list on September 29. Boone, a former Minnesota Viking who signed a free agent contract with the Broncos in 2021, can return to the active roster at any point in the next three weeks.

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The team now has a 21-day window to return the speedy runner to the active 53-man roster.

Rypien From the Texans


Rypien From the Texans

According to Chad Jensen, founder of Mile High Huddle, Rypien was given a choice by general manager George Paton.

$0 Rypien would have been added to the Texans’ roster, and given the team’s current quarterback situation, the former Boise State University star could have found his way onto the field in regular-season NFL action.

According to Mike Klis of Denver 9News, Rypien was presented with the decision on September 28 and ultimately decided to stick with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Denver’s very talented weapons. The Broncos made room for Rypien’s addition by making a roster adjustment.

With a hamstring injury, the team placed special teams linebacker Jonas Griffith on short-term injured reserve. When Boone is ready to return to the active 53-man roster, Denver will have to make a similar move.

Injuries have decimated a once-promising Broncos roster recently, but by keeping Rypien and bringing back Boone soon, the team will have one of the league’s deepest quarterback and running back rooms.

Rypien has a slim chance of seeing the field in Denver, and if he does, it means the wheels have come off. The Broncos are building quality depth at the game’s most important position, with another intelligent guy with a live arm on the roster, and a guy the team rallied behind in his first, and only, career start. After then-starting quarterback Drew Lock was injured in a Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and backup Jeff Driskel was awful in relief, Rypien was pressed into action in Denver’s 2020 Week 4 road game against the New York Jets. Rypien, the nephew of Super Bowl champion quarterback Mark Rypien, traveled to New Jersey and assisted in the Jets’ defeat. Rypien’s performance gave head coach Vic Fangio his first win of the season, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur his first win as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator, and wideout Jerry Jeudy his first career touchdown reception.

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A Boone to the Team

Once Boone is activated, his role will be more defined. Denver’s special teams are near the bottom of the league, but with Boone back in the lineup, the team’s sagging coverage unit should be revitalized.

In three seasons with the Vikings, he logged 482 special teams snaps, but the shifty Boone can also serve as a change-of-pace runner for the Broncos. Boone can be a nice changeup as a runner and a weapon out of the backfield as a receiving option, but Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams are the backfield timeshare leaders. Boone had 78 total touches for 407 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns during his time with the Vikings.

His most memorable performance to date came in Week 17 of the 2019 season against the Chicago Bears, when he carried the ball 17 times for 148 yards and a touchdown. Broncos Country can expect a little bit of everything from their third-string running back, regardless of his role.


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