The Denver Broncos were already going to have a daunting task to beat the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, and now it’ll be harder. Quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19, and the three other quarterbacks (Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, Blake Bortles) have been deemed high-risk close contacts. So wide receiver Kendall Hinton will be called up from the practice squad, and he is slated to start under center on Sunday.
Hinton is an undrafted rookie out of Wake Forest. He started his college career as a quarterback, before moving to wide receiver and catching 73 passes for 1,001 yards and four touchdowns as a senior in 2019.
Hinton started two games at quarterback as a true freshman in 2015, then an ankle issue as a sophomore led to a redshirt sophomore season as a backup in 2017. A suspension in 2018 led to him losing the starting job, and he eventually moved to wide receiver.
Hinton last played quarterback in 2018, completing two of eight passes. For his college career he had 1,504 passing yards with a 53 percent completion rate, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also had 881 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.
The Broncos waived Hinton on final cutdown day, and brought him back to their practice squad on Nov. 4. According to his agent, via Yahoo! Sports, he was working “some kind of sales” job while out of the league for nearly two months. Now he’ll be making his NFL debut, at quarterback.
Running back Royce Freeman has been the Broncos’ emergency quarterback, and he’ll be the de facto No. 2 on the depth chart Sunday. This is where I tell you to bench all your Broncos’ pass catchers in fantasy this week, if you haven’t already.