Broncos releasing veteran quarterback Blake Bortles
The Denver Broncos are looking to make a slight change in their roster heading into their fifth game of the season against the New England Patriots. The team is releasing backup quarterback Blake Bortles and will sign defensive lineman Sylvester Williams from the practice squad, as per Denver Post’s Ryan O’ Halloran:
Per source, #Broncos releasing QB Blake Bortles and signing DL Sylvester Williams from practice squad.
— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) October 17, 2020
Bortles was recently signed by the Broncos back in September 24 as a backup to starting quarterback Drew Lock, who went down with a shoulder injury in a Week 2 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Broncos head coach Vic Fangio slotted backup quarterback Jeff Driskel as a starter in lieu of Lock’s absence. Meanwhile, third-string playmaker Brett Rypien also rotated in to play under center in their Week 3 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which concluded on a dismal 28-10 loss.
The latter eventually outplayed the former and was name the starter in the team’s fourth game of the season against the New York Jets. The undrafted sophomore in Rypien tallied 242 passing yards on 19-of-31 passes completed along with two passing touchdowns and three picks for the Broncos. His productivity led to a balanced win against a struggling Jets side, via a 37-28 triumph en route to their first win of the season.
Despite being signed, the veteran Bortles never saw action on the field for the Broncos. On the other hand, the veteran defensive tackle in Sylvester Williams is already a journeyman through eight seasons played in the league. He was initially a first round pick of the Broncos back in the 2013 NFL Draft and was part of the Super Bowl 50 championship squad, but was later dealt prior to the 2016 season.
He had short stints with the Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Chargers from 2017 to 2019 before coming full circle and finding his way back to the Broncos’ camp.
Hopefully, the team’s recent roster changes will help power the Denver-based squad to snag their second win of the season as they visit the New England Patriots on October 17.