Earlier today, we reported that Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn received roughly half of the snaps in practice this week with Denver’s first-team offense.
Predictably, Quinn has denied it, via text message to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com. The fact that Quinn said he didn’t get more reps both before and after our report surfaced is irrelevant; Quinn wouldn’t be letting the cat out of the bag to anyone in the media about whether and to what extent he is or isn’t getting more reps. Otherwise, those practice reps would never translate to game reps.
It’s hardly Quinn’s first ride in the discretion rodeo. When Quinn and Derek Anderson were ping-ponging in Cleveland, the question of whether Quinn or Anderson was in line to play became a hot topic. Both guys knew not to blab — especially not while speaking (or texting) on the record.
So we stand by what we reported. Though we don’t fault Darlington for sharing that which Quinn was willing to say, it’s hardly surprising that Quinn didn’t spill the beans regarding what could be one of the most surprising developments of the weekend: the possible benching of Tim Tebow.