ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—After signing YouTube sensation punter Karl Schmitz earlier this year, the Denver Broncos waived the 28-year-old today. This move comes hot on the heels of incumbent starter Britton Colquitt, who agreed to a pay-cut.
The Broncos signed Schmitz in the hopes of stoking the competition with Colquitt. One of the benefits to Schmitz’ s presence in OTAs and training camp was that Colquitt felt threatened and was thus more inclined to accept a contract restructure.
This move all but ensures that Colquitt will be the Broncos punter in 2015. After two great seasons punting, he has been mediocre of late, but hopefully the events of this offseason was enough to wake him up and realize that nothing is promised in the NFL.
This move also trickles down to the placekicking competition. Schmitz had the leg to handle kickoffs. Connor Barth has struggled in that department, although he was very accurate on field goals in 2014. Brandon McManus has the leg to boom kickoffs deep, but his issue is the exact opposite of Barth’s. He’s inaccurate.
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Special Teams coordinator Joe DeCamillas made it clear on Tuesday that the team does not want to roster four specialists, which means that if Barth is going to get the job, he has to prove that he can handle kickoffs.
He worked on that faced of his game all offseason and when the Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks on August 14th, we’ll get to see if he’s made any progress. The Broncos are somewhat invested in McManus, having given up a seventh round pick to get him last season. In a perfect world, they’d like him to win the job.
To fill Schmitz's roster spot, the Broncos signed nose tackle Sione Fua.
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