A day-by-day Broncos player breakdown is something we've been doing since our days at BroncoTalk nearly a decade ago. This year the tradition continues as we look at the Denver Broncos roster heading into the 2015 season in our 90-in-90 series.
Name: Aaron Brewer
Position: Long Snapper
Height: 6'5 Weight: 230
Age: 24 Experience: 4
College: San Diego State
An overlooked, but integral position on any team is long snapper and the Denver Broncos are blessed to have one of the league's best spearheading their special teams for the 2015 season. Brought in as an undrafted college free agent out of San Diego State in 2012, Brewer was able to compete in camp and win the starting spot against Lonie Paxton, who was eventually cut, shedding some of the last roster ties to former coach Josh McDaniels.
When Peyton Manning took a pay cut prior to the 2014 season, one of the first moves the team made was extending Brewer to a four year deal. The deal itself is the 12th highest among long snappers in the NFL and carries an average value of roughly one million dollars a year, with $740,000 of its total value guaranteed. With his extension, it is safe to say that the team feels very good about the young man they have heading their special teams unit. Lets take a deeper look into the man, the myth, the legend Aaron Brewer.
Colquitt's performance has never matched his contract. With a tight budget this year, Colquitt is one of the more likely players to get cut in a salary-related move.
The good: Was rated the #3 long snapper in the prep ranks before agreeing to continue his football career at San Diego State. Battle-tested long snapper who earned four-time All-Mountain West Conference honors with the Aztecs. Helped the team convert 160 of 170 extra points and 41 of 66 field goal attempts. Saw action in all 50 games of his collegiate career.
His streak of games played continued into his NFL career by seeing action on every special teams snap thus far with the Broncos. Has made a handful of special teams tackles over his career. Quality long snapper who has contributed to the success of the Broncos kicking and punting game and seems to be the franchises long-term option at the position.
The bad: According to Madden 2015, Brewer is the worst player in the NFL sporting a 39 overall ranking. (Ha! But honestly, what kind of criticism could one give a long snapper who was valued enough by the front office to receive a four year deal?)
Status: After cutting ties with Kevin McDermott, who was swooped up by the Minnesota Vikings, Brewer is the sole long snapper on the Broncos roster and is a mortal lock for that position on the 53 man roster barring injury. It is good to know that the Broncos snaps on special teams are in good hands moving forward.