Broncos WR Kendall Hinton To Start At QB

All four of the Broncos’ quarterbacks have been ruled out for today’s game, putting the team in a truly unprecedented situation. With no other options available, wide receiver Kendall Hinton will be elevated from the practice squad and put under center against the Saints.

[RELATED: Broncos Lose All 4 QBs]

According to NFL.com’s James Palmer (on Twitter), there are people in the Broncos’ facility who have never even met Hinton. For those who are unfamiliar with Hinton — inside and outside of Denver headquarters — he’s a Wake Forest product who started out as a dual-threat QB for the Demon Deacons. Then, when an ankle injury and a suspension took him out of the equation, he converted to wide receiver. Hinton topped 1,000 yards in his senior season, leading him to a UDFA deal with the Broncos earlier this year.

Hinton hasn’t played QB in a long time and he reportedly hasn’t practiced as a passer in years. Still, he represents the Broncos’ only real option today. He’ll be backstopped by running back/emergency QB Royce Freeman, who attempted just one pass in four seasons at Oregon.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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37 comments on “Broncos WR Kendall Hinton To Start At QB

  1. Ak185

    Given the postponements of numerous other games this season (and the NFL’s focus on keeping quarterbacks available), I’m kind of shocked that they somehow didn’t put this game off until later.

  2. tedtheodorelogan

    The three backups didn’t test positive for the virus with a 99%+ recovery rate and we must treat them like lepers. Makes sense.

    • This is the attitude that’s led to nearly 300,000 deaths, and the US somehow becoming more of a laughing stock than before. American ignorance used to be funny, now it’s sad.

      • astick

        At this point, a person’s view of the virus is not ignorance, it’s just that, their view. Really, your misuse of the ignorance is ignorant. I don’t share the position of the person to which you’re replying, but I do find it frustrating with your comment.

        • No, it’s flat out ignorance. There’s a pandemic that’s killing hundreds of thousands in a single country alone, and there are people who can’t grasp the pretty basic idea that transmission is bad. It’s a fact, and a large portion of this country literally refuse to grasp it – ignorance by definition.

          Less ignorant, more proactive countries have managed to reduce and even eliminate community transmission – what’s the US’ excuse?

          • astick

            You seem to be of elite intelligence. You should be answering these questions. I’m waiting.

            • It doesn’t take elite intelligence to take a pandemic seriously. That’s the point. Got anything else? You’re clutching.

              • astick

                Normally, I wouldn’t even comment to your post. It’s people like you that are equally as problematic as the person with a different point of view. You offer nothing other than complaining. I’m sure you’re a great person and very successful.

                • forwhomjoshbelltolls

                  Poor astick,

                  No one wants to respect his viewpoint that 2 + 2 = 45 when, doggone it, he’s entitled to his opinion, right?

                  • astick

                    I honestly don’t care about his opinion or thoughts. I just frustrated when people like him name call and assume it’s ignorance. It’s really not. It’s a believe. People can/will believe it’s serious or it’s lot serious. Moreover, maybe when faced with mortality, that’s that person’s way to cope – having an attitude/POV of that it’s not as bad as it is being manufactured. Again, all perspectives. However, Cam lacks perspective and instead name calls.

              • bellybombs

                Your death stats are way off. Anyone who dies with any symptom related to Covid is classified as Covid. When all is said and done it’s a flu season for those under 65.

                • forwhomjoshbelltolls

                  I like that you still use the same insipid talking point you used 230,000 deaths ago.

                  Smart.

                  Why bother coming up with new BS when you can just repeat the same BS? It’s just more efficient.

    • thebirdisstilltheword

      But COVID!! Look at how many NFL players and their grandmas have died!!

    • wordonthestreet

      Money. Saints are in the race and NFL needs the game played for slotting issues. Pathetic but true.

  3. glooney1

    Ironic the NFL would fine players for the type of shoes they wear, personal comments written on them, etc, but then have no problem with the type product put out on the field as a representative of ‘the shield’. Might as well consider this another strike year with replacement players.

    • crosseyedlemon

      You can’t really blame the NFL if teams decide they don’t want to follow Covid protocols. The owners are aware they have a monopoly on pro football entertainment. Without a rival league they will be happy to add to their wealth even if the on field product is substandard.

  4. If I were the Broncos, I’d forfeit once down by 21. Why risk getting players hurt for this shitshow.

  5. rxbrgr

    This should be no different than when they had Tim Tebow under center as “QB”. I expect the Lord’s help in getting them a W today.

  6. crosseyedlemon

    If Hinton has any success at all he will be able to write a book that will outsell George Plimpton’s “Paper Lion”.

  7. Had this been the entire QB room of any legitimate contender, there is no way in hell the game would have been played.

    • Polish Hammer

      Agreed, shame on the NFL for juggling everybody else’s schedule to maximize tv coverage but not this one.

  8. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    You buy the ticket, you take the ride.

    The Broncos chose to exercise the personal freedom instead of personal responsibility.

    They made the choice, so be it. They get to live with the consequences. This is no one’s problem but theirs.

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