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    McDaniels not about to give up on kicker Prater
    The Denver Post
    Posted: 03/30/2009 12:30:00 AM MDT


    Those who squirmed through the second half of the Broncos' 2008 season may have noticed one of the few positions the new administration hasn't touched is place-kicker.

    New coach Josh McDaniels and special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer are aware of how Matt Prater was sensational early and maddening late. And while they will eventually bring in a younger kicker to compete with Prater, they aren't about to give up on him.

    "He's a young player with a lot of ability," McDaniels said. "He went through a wall, if you will, where he didn't play quite as well in the second half of the year. You always hope there's significant growth between your first year and second year and again your second year and third year. I think he probably learned a lot going through a long season like that." A touchback machine through seven games when he made 13-of-14 field goals, Prater, 24, began leaking after the Week 8 bye week. He made only 12-of-20 field-goal attempts in the final nine games, and his kickoffs struggled to penetrate the 5-yard line.

    "People talk about dealing with adversity, but sometimes dealing with success is just as much a challenge," McDaniels said. "The first half of the season, I'm not sure there was anybody better. That shows me we've got a guy who can do it. Our challenge is to get him to do it consistently for 16, 18 games, 20 counting the preseason."

    Broncos work out players.

    There aren't too many projected first- and second-round players the Broncos have worked out in recent weeks. Among those who recently got a look were Ohio State inside linebacker James Laurinaitis and Utah defensive end Paul Kruger.

    They would be considered if they fell to the Broncos' No. 48 overall pick in round 2. With their No. 12 overall selection, the Broncos most likely will grab a defensive lineman,preferably a pass rusher if defensive tackle B.J. Raji is already gone.

    Mike Klis, The Denver Post


    Can someone please point out the irony here for me? I can't understand coach McD. Don't get me wrong, I, too, think it's too early to give up on Prater. But...

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    I think he's just trying not to have a McPratergate! Can you imagine the media attention if now he tried to trade the greatest kicker on the team last year?(maybe better than Eddie Royal, that's disputable I agree.)

    He'd be dealing w/one more sensitive player and have to scrounge up some exPatriots WR (Brown?) to play K and CB. Then, some big time agent would be interfering w/everything. Prater is probably learning the system. He's going to be a leader. He'll know when to come and kick at just the right time. He can be molded to the Patriot way. Who cares if he can actually get it between the uprights, he's a team player and the new way is about TEAM!

    Looks like McDaniels is learning.
    John and TD should get their own wing in Canton.

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    • #3
      Seriously, I can't believe a thread about Prater can't get much momentum.
      John and TD should get their own wing in Canton.

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      • #4
        if you read the boards last year, and saw just how many people were complaining, moaning, groaning, griping and calling for his head at every kick... you can appreciate the irony.

        I think Prater is a good kicker and one I think you would be an absolute FOOL to get rid of this early in his career. But I know its even dumber to try and trade away a stud QB as well. So :shrug:

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        • #5
          I think Prater showed some potential last season (particularly early),. so I'm glad they're at least giving him a chance here. I would like to see us maybe bring in a few other younger guys to challenge for the job, though.

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          • #6
            He has the leg. That's for sure. He just can't make anything inside 40 yards. But put him outside of 50 and he'll nail it. It makes no sense.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by since1977 View Post
              I think he's just trying not to have a McPratergate!


              It's good to see that humor has not been totally lost here!

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              • #8
                I agree we should give him another chance.Bring in others to compete and see what happens.I do not think it would hurt the Broncos one bit in doing so.I know he struggled during the second half of season. But he does have one hell of a leg.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by I Hate SD Alot View Post
                  He has the leg. That's for sure. He just can't make anything inside 40 yards. But put him outside of 50 and he'll nail it. It makes no sense.
                  Don't forget the missed PATs

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                  • #10
                    Hey the broncos won big games when prater missed field goals last year. Just look at the stats.

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                    • #11
                      Wow, so basically a 25-year old franchise pro-bowl QB is "tradeable", but a inaccurate kicker isn't? And here we thought the bad personnel moves ended when Shanahan left.
                      Hoping for a defensive-minded head coach and a return to the ZBS on offense. At the very least, no more cheaters for head coach.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by AC1 View Post
                        Wow, so basically a 25-year old franchise pro-bowl QB is "tradeable", but a inaccurate kicker isn't? And here we thought the bad personnel moves ended when Shanahan left.
                        What in the world are you talking about..

                        Nothing in the article said, nor hinted, at Prater being untradable.

                        I don't see why we would trade him, considering we'd get nothing back

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by AC1 View Post
                          Wow, so basically a 25-year old franchise pro-bowl QB is "tradeable", but a inaccurate kicker isn't? And here we thought the bad personnel moves ended when Shanahan left.
                          if someone offered a third for prater, $10,000 says we take it.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tsiguy96 View Post
                            if someone offered a third for prater, $10,000 says we take it.
                            i would sure as hell hope so because a third is worth 1,000,000 praters... the guy was horrible last year, the only thing he did in my opinion was earn the nickname "idiot kicker"
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                            • #15
                              Maybe McD will consider bringing in Stefan Fatsis!

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