SJ - November 30, 2020
Practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton started at quarterback for the Broncos on Sunday. With no preparation prior to the game it was a complete disaster of a performance, but it wasn't worse than a game by draft bust Ryan Leaf.
Hinton went 1-for-9 for 13 yards with two interceptions through the air. He added seven yards on the ground. The Broncos lost the game to the Saints 31-3.
The ugly game was still better than Ryan Leaf's third start in the NFL. The No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 draft finished that game with just four yards passing.
From Larry Brown Sports:
Leaf, the No. 2 overall pick by the San Diego Chargers in the 1998 draft behind Peyton Manning, is regarded as one of the biggest busts in NFL history. He was beyond awful as a rookie, completing 45.3 percent of his passes for 1,289 yards, two touchdowns and 15 interceptions in nine games. The rest of his career wasn’t much better. He completed 48.4 percent of his passes for 3,666 yards, 14 touchdowns and 36 interceptions and went 4-17 as a starter.
Leaf’s worst career game came in his third career game, which was Week 3 of the 1998 season. In a 23-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on September 20, Leaf went 1/15 for four yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions. He rushed for one yard.
I can guarantee Hinton never saw his first start in the NFL coming at quarterback. I can also guarantee that he never thought he would outperform a former first-round quarterback.
Another one of 2020's many gifts.