New England Patriots

Aug 21, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) and quarterback Brett Rypien (4) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

After two weeks of gut-wrenching suspense, we now know who the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback will be when they face the Patriots.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday night that Drew Lock is expected to be under center for Denver on Sunday. Lock was the Broncos’ Week 1 starter, but a shoulder injury he suffered in Week 2 has held him out of the last two games. If Lock couldn’t go, UDFA Brett Rypien was expected to start. He won Denver’s last game, a Thursday night win over the Jets in Week 4.

If the game was played last week as scheduled, it’s likely Rypien would have gotten the start. However, Lock started practicing this week and was a full participant all three days.

Of course, Bill Belichick being Bill Belichick, he likely prepared for both possibilities. He does have an inherent advantage against either – he is 36-1 against first or second-year quarterbacks at home since 2001. Both Lock and Rypien are in their second year in the NFL.

The Patriots quarterback hasn’t yet been confirmed, although it’s expected that Cam Newton will make his return after missing one game due to a positive COVID test. Newton was present at the Patriots’ only practice this week.

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