Hot Topics: Elam having great season

Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam is having one of his best seasons ever. Read what Elam has to say about his season, his age and his future in today's edition of "Hot Topics."

Quietly, Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam is having one of his best seasons.

Elam is tied for the best field-goal percentage in the NFL with Baltimore's Matt Stover. Elam has hit 92.3 percent of his field goals, which would be a career best.

Elam, who is 36, looks around the league and sees kickers like Atlanta's Morten Andersen, New Orleans' John Carney and Stover having big years, and said he is encouraged. Elam is the youngest of that foursome of kickers.

"I feel like I can go on for a long time," Elam said. "All those guys are older than I am, and they're doing pretty good."

Elam hasn't missed since Oct. 22 against Cleveland. He has only tried one field goal longer than 50 yards this season but feels like he still has good range. He made his only 50-yard attempt.

He said he was practicing his rookie year and kicked a 37-yard field goal over the net. He tests himself from that range all the time.

"I'll go back to 37 yards and say 'How far up the net am I hitting them?'" Elam said. "That's how I judge. And it's about the same."

Elam said he has no plans on retiring. He still enjoys playing and hasn't lost anything yet.

"It's a year-to-year thing," Elam said. "I feel like I'm having fun and feel like I'm kicking well and the season is going by fast. As long as that's the case, I want to keep playing as long as they'll have me."

PLAYER NOTES

--QB Jay Cutler can run the Broncos' bootleg plays very well. He is mobile - he started his college career running some option plays - and his arm is so strong he can plant and fire downfield without a problem if he is pressured.

--RB Tatum Bell has struggled lately. He hasn't run the ball well the past two weeks, and two fumbles cost him playing time. He did rebound for two long runs in the second half against Cincinnati. The Broncos need Bell to be at his best heading towards January.

--RB Mike Bell is getting more comfortable in the NFL. He has become a good goal-line back. Bell has eight touchdowns, and likes jumping over the pile to get in the end zone.

--WR Javon Walker has shoulder and wrist injuries. He finished Sunday's game against Cincinnati, but the long season is starting to take its toll on Walker's body.

--WR Rod Smith caught one pass for five yards against Cincinnati. In four December games, Smith has only 71 receiving yards.

--WR Brandon Marshall seems fresh late in the season. He missed most of the preseason, which could be a blessing in disguise. He is running strong when he gets the ball. He made a great catch near the sideline to set up a touchdown against Cincinnati.

--TE Tony Scheffler is playing with a lot of confidence. He caught a touchdown against Cincinnati and had a big 25-yard catch on Denver's 99-yard drive. Jay Cutler likes working the middle of the field and Scheffler's speed is a tough matchup for defenses.

--K Jason Elam passed 100 points this season. He has 14 100-point seasons, which is tied with Morten Andersen and Gary Anderson for most in NFL history.

--CB Champ Bailey leads the NFL with nine interceptions. That's pretty impressive, considering he rarely gets the ball thrown his way. The Bengals tried using a few double moves on Bailey to take advantage of his aggressiveness, but couldn't connect.

--CB Domonique Foxworth should be able to practice and play this week. He had problems with hyperventilation after Sunday's game but was fine afterwards.

--DE Ebenezer Ekuban has been one of Denver's most consistent defensive players. He is very good against the run, can get a pass rush in the base defense and moves to tackle in nickel situations.



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