Unit-by_Unit Analysis: Special Teams

The Broncos have turned over most of the roster since Josh McDaniels took over, so more change wouldn't be unexpected. Here's a look at the special teams.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K Matt Prater, P Brett Kern, P Britton Colquitt, LS Lonie Paxton, KR Eddie Royal, PR Alphonso Smith.

Prater had his ups and downs last season, but the team didn't sign anyone to compete with him. The job is his, for better or worse. He said that he was fatigued by the end of last season, so he switched his practice habits to make sure he is fresh for the second half of the season.

Kern had a solid rookie season, but Colquitt is talented too and could push Kern for the job. The Paxton signing was odd because the Broncos already had a top long-snapper in Mike Leach, but that shouldn't take anything away from Paxton, who is also among the best in the NFL.

The returner spots will be decided in camp and the preseason, although Royal and Smith are two of the top candidates for either job.



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