From the DenverBroncos.com blog:
The NFL announced on Tuesday that Matt Prater will be named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 5.
Prater’s selection as AFC Special Teams Player of the Week marks the first such award of his two-year NFL career.
During the Broncos’ 16-13 win against Tampa Bay on Sunday, Prater made all three field goal attempts — a 55-yarder, a 40-yarder and a 27-yarder — and his lone extra point try, racking up 10 points for the team. He also recorded touchbacks on four-of-five kickoffs. His 55-yarder in the second quarter was the longest field goal in the NFL for Week 5 and tied for the fifth-longest field goal in Broncos history.
Prater’s four touchbacks also led the NFL for the week, and he averaged 69.4 yards on his five kickoffs. He is tied for the NFL lead with 11 touchbacks on kickoffs this season.
Prater is the first Bronco to be named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week since punt returner Glenn Martinez earned that award in Week 11 of the 2007 season. His selection marks the 18th time a Broncos player has received AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors since the award was initiated by the NFL in 1993.
Isn't that honey for a special teams unit that was one of the worst in the NFL last year? Touchbacks are best kick coverage we can get - and the healthiest!
Now just the punting unit remains to being fixed - but didn't Shanny say "We're not going to punt!" during preseason!? I guess he's right! There will be only two possibilites: Denver scores a Touchdown, or they will kick a FG, even from 80 yards out...