DENVER (AP) — Brandon Allen’s first start for the Denver Broncos nearly rivaled that of Peyton Manning.
It was that efficient. It was that precise.
It may not matter.
The fourth-year quarterback might be only a temporary fix. Allen is caught between the brief Joe Flacco Era and the possible Drew Lock Experiment.
When the Broncos (3-6) resume after the bye week, the rookie Lock figures to be activated off the injured reserve and practice for the first time since jamming his right thumb in the preseason.
All signs point toward Allen starting at Minnesota on Nov. 17, especially after he threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-19 win over a reeling Cleveland squad. Allen posted a passer rating of 125.6 in that game, which was the third-best for a Broncos quarterback making his first start with the team. Only Manning (129.2) and Brock Osweiler (127.1) were better.
Allen understands the situation, and he’s rolling with it.
Then again, he’s learned the art of patience since being a sixth-round selection by Jacksonville and then getting cut by the Jaguars. He was picked up by the Los Angeles Rams, who ended up waiving him, and finally arrived in Denver on Sept. 1.
“I take everything one day at a time,” said Allen, who made his first start since guiding Arkansas past Kansas State 45-23 in the Liberty Bowl on Jan. 2, 2016. “Obviously, we’ve got a lot of great talent at quarterback on this team. Whatever opportunities I get, I’m going to try to take advantage.”
Allen earned his chance to start when Flacco went on IR with a herniated disk in his neck after a loss at Indianapolis. Backing up Allen for now is undrafted rookie Brett Rypien, who was promoted from the practice squad.
That all could change next week when the team resumes practice. Lock, the second-round pick out of Missouri, figures to occupy some sort of spot in the QB hierarchy.
The Broncos aren’t tipping their hand, though.
“Still up in the air,” first-year Broncos coach Vic Fangio said.