It wasn’t Kendall Hinton’s fault.
The Broncos were getting ready to play the Saints and their top-3 defense in Week 12 of the 2020 season, and everything went south with a quickness. Backup quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID, and all three of Denver’s other quarterbacks — Drew Lock, Blake Bortles, and Brett Rypien — were all identified as close contacts. Thus, it was up to Hinton, the QB/WR hybrid from Wake Forest, to take the field at the game’s most important position.
It went about as well as you could expect. Hinton completed one of nine passes for 13 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions, as the Broncos lost, 31-3.