New Orleans Saints Players Praise Emergency Denver Broncos QB Kendall Hinton After Win

by Chris Haney
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On Sunday, with one day’s notice, the Denver Broncos took the field against the New Orleans Saints without an eligible quarterback to start the game.

Wide receiver Kendall Hinton stepped up as the signal-caller for the Broncos offense on Sunday. He filled in for the team’s four quarterbacks the NFL ruled out as a precautionary measure due to COVID-19 regulations.

The Broncos received word from the league on Saturday of the quarterback fiasco, which gave Hinton no time to prepare. The emergency QB didn’t even get to practice a single play with his team before taking the field against the Saints.

Therefore, it came as no surprise when Hinton had a historically bad performance. He completed only one of his nine passes on the day for a total of 13 yards. Additionally, he ran for seven more yards for a total of 20 yards combined and threw two interceptions.

However, asking anything more of the former Wake Forest University player on such short notice would be asinine. In fact, many of the Saints players would agree and defended Hinton for his efforts.

Saints linebacker Demario Davis showed respect for Hinton on Twitter calling him a “real pro.”

“A lot of respect for this guy. He handled this situation like a real pro. I can only imagine the range of emotions and mental download he went through in 24 hrs. #Salute,” Davis said.

New Orleans defensive end Cam Jordan was all over Hinton on Sunday, terrorizing the fill-in quarterback. Yet, Jordan had nothing but respect for Hinton under the circumstances.

“Helluva situation to be in… No shade at all… RESPECT breh,” Jordan tweeted.

Broncos Had Zero Eligible Quarterbacks on Sunday

On Saturday, NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that all three eligible quarterbacks had been deemed high-risk close contacts. Therefore, none were allowed to suit up for Sunday’s matchup. The quarterbacks included starter Drew Lock, and backups Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles.

Only two days prior, backup quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19. Per the NFL’s precautionary rules, the team placed him on the reserve/COVID-19 list the same day.

Schefter explained that all three eligible Broncos quarterbacks made contact with Driskel while not wearing face coverings, which led to their high-risk close contact designations.

The Broncos’ normal starting QB Drew Lock is expected to return later this week to face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.