As soon as the sketchy rookie Kendall Hinton is unlikely to make his debut in the NFL against the Saints on Sunday, his high school coach will be seen as welcoming the Broncos ’emergency deputy.
After all, Hinton spent all the seasons of his football career in a quarterback. He starred in South Durham (NC) High School while leading the Spartans as a junior to the program’s first state championship.
“You’re prepared for this moment,” said Darius Robinson, head coach at Southern Durham. “You just have to get used to the speed of the game and once you’re used to the speed of the game, you’re going to make games.
“Naturally, everyone is like, ‘Who is this guy?’ “But those of us who know him know that the Denver Broncos saw the same thing we could see to say,‘ Hey, we’re bringing someone from the list of practitioners as a starting quarterback. I’m here to tell everyone to get popcorn, buy soda and enjoy what we’ve already seen in Kendall.
In the 2013 North Carolina Class 3AA State Championship match, Hinton collected his team from a 21-point first-half disadvantage with a series of dazzling throws. South Durham eventually won 38-31, which was limited by Hinton’s 80-yard touchdown pass with 57 seconds left.
“In the first half, everyone panicked on our sideline,” Robinson recalled. “We looked out onto the field and we needed Kendall to launch the attack. He gave that look, signaled us to calm down, and put together a 60-yard drive to get a touch at half. Then he came back in the second half and threw consecutive touchdowns to put us in the lead. It then and there told us that the young man does not bend under pressure. “
Hinton was recruited as a quarterback to Wake Forest, where he started two of his nine games, in which he played as a real freshman, throwing 929 yards and four touchdowns. His ankle injury went into his sophomore year, and after losing the starting quarterback, Hinton switched to full-time before his last dorm season.
“He had a solid number – 73 catches over 1,000 yards – and it was only a year in the position,” Robinson said. “You have to be aware of that, you can really play at this level and why you hung around Denver.”
After remaining in a hint, Hinton signed with the Broncos on April 26th. He was released after training camp and brought back to the practice squad on November 4th.
Called into the active Sunday position from the coaching team, Hinton will start as a quarterback against the Saints on Empower Field after Denver’s four-position quarterback (Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, Blake Bortles and Jeff Driskel) stood by COVID-19, the former. three were held that the NFL was not entitled to any contact concerns following Driskel’s positive test.
The 23-year-old Hinton has been preparing to enter the NFL as the first non-quarterback since December 18, 1965, when Baltimore-back Tom Matte began a 20-17 victory over the Colts. Kosok.