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With Holliday, Prater and punter Britton Colquitt, who is the franchise leader in career gross (46.1) and net (39.5) punting averages, the Broncos sport one of the most dynamic special teams in the league.
After slumping down the stretch last season, Prater said he expects greater consistency this season because this is the first offseason he’s spent in Denver after missing 2011 (lockout) and 2012 (holdout).
This is Prater’s first offseason working with Broncos strength coach Luke Richesson, whom Prater said “is doing a great job with all the core stuff, which for kickers and punters is huge. A lot of it is core and legs, feet and everything else. So, hopefully that’ll get me stronger and I’ll have a bigger leg next year going into the season.”
Colquitt ranked third in the NFL last season in net punting with a 42.1-yard average, second with a 6-yard return average and second with 45 punts inside the 20 with only seven touchbacks.
He signed a free agent tender this spring that will pay him $1,323,000 next season, although the Broncos have told Colquitt they hope to discuss a long-term contract before the season.
It won’t be anything like what his older brother, Dustin, got with the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason: five years and $18.75 million, making him the highest-paid punter in the NFL.
“I pinch myself every day driving to work that I’m blessed to do this job. The fact that you get paid to do this is even better,” Britton Colquitt said. “So I think that’s just icing on the cake. Dustin played eight years in tough situations with tough records. … So he’s earned it.”
Notes: The Broncos are showing interest in former Packers DB Charles Woodson. Broncos front-office boss John Elway told 5,000 season ticket-holders in a call last week that he felt good about the safety position but didn’t close the door on adding another veteran. “We’re always looking and we’re not totally done with anything,” Elway said. … Longtime NFL offensive line coach Alex Gibbs, 72, has returned to Denver to serve as offensive line consultant, primarily working on technique with the Broncos’ young linemen.
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