Broncos Camp Preview: Connor Barth, K

As we gear up for Broncos training camp (July 31st), Mile High Huddle will review individual players on the roster—history, evaluations, and projections moving forward—to make sure you're well-acquainted with each guy.

Connor Barth

Measurables: 5-foot-11, 200 pounds.

2014 stats: 15-of-16 field goal attempts, 50-yard long, 15-of-15 extra point attempts, appeared in five games.

Connor Barth came to Denver prior to Week 13 of the 2014 season. His arrival was facilitated by the struggles of kicker Brandon McManus, who was cut and later re-signed to the roster. Before joining the Broncos, Barth spent his rookie season with the Kansas City Chiefs and the next four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Barth's collegiate career came as a member of the North Carolina football team. During his time as a Tar Heel, he connected on 35-of-45 field goal attempts, to go along with 80-of-85 extra point tries. He signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2008.

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Barth is now a six-year veteran, with a career conversion percentage of 85.3, making 116-of-136 field goals, to go along with all 149 of his extra point attempts. The majority of Connor's success came during his time with the Buccaneers, where he made 91 of his career field goals, including a career long in 2012 of 57 yards. The following season, Barth tore his achilles in his kicking leg during a charity basketball game, effectively ending his career as a Buccaneer.

After joining the Broncos, Barth initially handled kickoff duties for the team as well, allowing returns on all eight of his kicks, prompting the team to re-sign McManus to again handle kickoff duties.

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Barth has struggled throughout his career on kickoffs, recording touchbacks on just 11 of his 170 career attempts. For him to make the 2015 roster, he will need to show improvement in this regard, or Karl Schmitz will have to win the punting competition, as Barth will likely struggle on kickoffs again and the team cannot afford to roster three kicking specialists this season. The team has brought back McManus, who has youth and a powerful leg on his side.

Barth is a player that is automatic on kicks under 40 yards and on extra points, but following his achilles injury, his ability to make long kicks has become far from a sure thing.

Khalid Alshami is an Analyst for MileHighHuddle.com. You can find him on Twitter @Kalshami_MHH.

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