If there is such a thing as a poor man’s Josh Dobbs, then Brett Rypien has found his calling card. From signing with the L.A. Rams in May as insurance for Matthew Stafford, to beating out Stetson Bennett as the backup, to starting in place of Stafford in an ugly loss to the Green Bay Packers, to being released and picked up by the Seattle Seahawks, Rypien is on the move again and there’s time left for him to start for another team this season: The New York Jets.
The Jets signed Rypien off of the Seahawks practice squad on Tuesday, putting him close to starting for New York given the franchise’s erratic situation at quarterback since Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles in September. Rypien never saw a snap for Seattle, but the Jets circus could land on him to start sooner than you think: Rypien has familiarity with Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as both worked for the Denver Broncos last season.
The New York Jets are releasing QB Tim Boyle and signing Brett Rypien from the Seattle Seahawks practice squad.— Sportskeeda Pro Football (@SKProFootball) December 5, 2023
Boyle started two days ago and now he is gone.
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Rumors surfaced on Monday that the Jets wanted to take Zach Wilson off of the bench for the third time in his career and that the third-year player had refused. Whether those reports are true or not, head coach Robert Saleh told the media that he’s not going to make the switch to Wilson this week. New York released Tim Boyle, Sunday’s starter, in a corresponding move to adding Rypien.
The quarterbacks currently on the Jets active roster are Trevor Siemian, Wilson, and Rypien. Rodgers is in the 21-day window to return from injured reserve, meaning he could technically come back for the last couple of games, but that would require a miraculous recovery and the maniacal decision to put him in danger for no reason.
It seems like Rypien could have a better chance of starting for the 4-8 Jets this season than Rodgers.
Boyle went 0-2 as starter, throwing four interceptions and averaging 4.7 yards per attempt. Siemian went 5-of-13 in his appearance on Sunday, a week after signing with the Jets. Wilson, who is connected to current Rams offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and could be a throw-in option for L.A. next offseason, has six touchdowns and seven interceptions with nine fumbles in 10 games.
So Rypien could start for both the Rams and Jets by the end of 2023, not something anyone expected at the start of 2023.