Early Broncos 53-Man Roster Projection: ST

For the finale of his roster projections, MHH Analyst Erick Trickel goes over the special teams, including the returners.

The Denver Broncos special teams unit needs some work, especially with their coverage units. However, that isnt the only area where they have lacked. Their punter and kicker have not been up to par, which lead to them carrying three to end last season, when their only should be two.

This year, there will only be one punter and one kicker, which makes three for the whole special teams unit. The two returners come from other positions, so they won’t count towards the 53-man roster.

LS: Aaron Brewer

First up is the long snapper, since that is where all special teams plays start. For the Broncos, they have a great long snapper in Aaron Brewer, and he will maintain his position on the roster for years to come.

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Brewer joined the Broncos as most long snappers join their teams, as an undrafted free agent. Since joining the Broncos, Brewer has been excellent. And even contributes special teams tackles.

K: Connor Barth

Next up for the special teams unit is Connor Barth, who joined the Broncos late last season. Barth ended up going 17-of-18 on field goal attempts, including postseason play and he was perfect on extra points.

The only fault in Barth’s game is his inability to handle kickoff duties, which is part of the reason the Broncos kept Brandon McManus after originally cutting him. See, McManus was able to handle the kickoff duties, but he struggled with accuracy on field goals.

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P: Karl Schmitz

The final player to make the roster is Karl Schmitz. He manages to beat out Britton Colquitt because of a few different reasons, one of which is him being the cheaper option.

Also, Colquitt has not been performing up to par, which helps Schmitz a lot. It was recently reported that the battle between the two is neck and neck. If it stays that way, the cheaper cost could be the deciding factor.

Returners: Omar Bolden (KR) and Jordan Norwood (PR)

The two returners for the Broncos are Omar Bolden for kickoffs and Jordan Norwood for punts.

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Bolden stepped up last year when he got a chance to handle kickoff duties and if the blocking was better, he probably would have returned multiple kickoffs for touchdowns. As for Norwood, he had the job last year, before an injury saw him land on the injured reserve.

That wraps up the 53-man roster projections. Only time will tell as to how accurate these projections end up being. But we'll know soon enough, as training camp begins at the end of the month.

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Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook.

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