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Horse Tracks: Punter Karl Schmitz's shot in the NFL was short lived

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After struggling early in camp, Karl Schmitz was waived.

(Jon Heath-Mile High Report)

Karl Schmitz was always a long shot to make the Broncos' roster, but we didn't know his stint with Denver would be this short.

The Broncos found Schmitz at a free agent combine in March. They signed him two days later, sparking conversation about Schmitz's impressive YouTube videos.

But the Cinderella story was short lived.

Schmitz was waived by the team just one week into camp, making way for recently signed defensive tackle Sione Fua. The writing was on the wall for Schmitz when Britton Colquitt agreed to a reduced salary for 2015.

Colquitt had punted much better than Schmitz through the early days of camp, and he also holds for field goals (something Schmitz does not do). Many viewed Schmitz as a potential wild card for his kickoff ability, but he failed to kick off better than Connor Barth and Brandon McManus at camp.

Had Schmitz played in any preseason games, he could have sent his game film to other NFL teams. But with no game experience and an early release from camp, Schmitz's time in the NFL may be over.

Best of luck to you, Karl.

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