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Denver Broncos claim quarterback Brandon Allen off waivers

Broncos find their backup quarterback.

Los Angeles Rams v Houston Texans Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Denver Broncos claimed former Rams quarterback Brandon Allen off waivers.

With Kevin Hogan and Brett Rypien already released and rookie Drew Lock likely going on the injured reserve, Allen is now the backup to starting quarterback Joe Flacco.

Allen was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars back in the sixth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He never made the Jaguars roster but was claimed by the Rams after being released and has spent the rest of his NFL career with the Rams.

While with the Rams, he bounced on and off their 53-man roster and practice squad and was once again waived yesterday by them. This time, the Broncos who were in the market for a quarterback, claimed Allen making him a member of the Denver Broncos.

He has yet to play in a regular season NFL game, but has been active in the preseason. He played in all four preseason games for the Rams this year, including one against the Broncos. During those four games, Allen totaled 431 yards passing, 0 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. In the game against the Broncos, Allen completed 12 of 19 passes (63.2%) for 162 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.

While his preseason numbers aren’t great, he does come to Denver knowing the offensive system Rich Scangarello is running here with the Broncos. Sean McVay’s offensive system is basically the same one run by Kyle Shanahan in San Fransisco and both obviously are running practically the same system that Gary Kubiak and Mike Shanahan made famous back in the late 90’s. So, the learning curve won’t be steep at all for Allen.