The Denver Broncos on Wednesday signed kicker Matt Prater to their active roster from Miami's practice squad, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.
Prater (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) is a first-year player who spent the last four weeks on the Dolphins' practice squad after Atlanta waived him from its active roster on Sept. 18. He saw the first action of his career with Atlanta at the start of the season, playing in the Falcons' first two games and kicking off four times for 285 yards (71.3 avg.) with three touchbacks. He also connected on 1-of-4 field-goal attempts and one extra-point attempt.
He entered the NFL with Detroit on May 4, 2006, as a rookie free agent from the University of Central Florida and spent that regular season out of the NFL after Detroit waived him on Aug. 28, 2006. Prater signed a future contract with the Dolphins on Jan. 4 and competed in their training camp this season.
At UCF, Prater played 46 games in four seasons and finished his career tied for first in school history in field goals (50) while ranking fourth in scoring (258 pts.). He converted 50-of-74 career field-goal attempts, including 17-of-26 as a senior.
A second-team all-state selection as a senior at Estero High School in Estero, Fla., Prater was born Aug. 10, 1984