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Denver Broncos roster: Long snapper Nathan Theus

Breaking down the Denver Broncos 2016 90-man roster, one player, one post, one day at a time. Today we keep the football rolling looking at long snapper, Nathan Theus.

NCAA Football: Georgia Southern at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

It's that time of the year again. Mile High Report begins our annual 90 players in 90 days roster breakdown. Last year went fairly well, but now through August, we'll break down every player on the Denver Broncos roster.

Name: Nathan Theus
Position: Long Snapper
Height: 6'3" Weight: 243
Age: 23 Experience: R
College: Georgia

Nathan Theus, the undrafted rookie out of Georgia, is really competing against just one other player on the Denver Broncos roster. That player is veteran long snapper, Casey Kreiter.

The long snapping position is all about consistency, so really the guy who does the snapping job time after time in practice and preseason will be the one who survives the final cut.

The good

Theus comes from a football family as his younger brother, John Theus, was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Both brothers secured spots on NFL rosters within hours of each other.

That pedigree certainly leads one to believe Theus has what it takes to perform his job well and could potentially beat out Kreiter for the final long snapper roster spot.

As far as long snapper ratings coming out of the draft, Theus did receive the top grade for all long snappers entering the NFL Draft, so that is definitely something of note.

The bad

He is a rookie and an unknown. Kreiter has struggled to make an NFL roster in the last two seasons, so if Theus is unable to beat him out this offseason his chances of having a meaningful NFL career will be slim.

At least he has a shot, which is more than most get.


When the Theus brothers both entered the NFL, they were interviewed on their experience by The Florida Times-Union.

“It’s super exciting, all we can ask for as college players is an opportunity and that’s what Denver has given me,” said Nathan, a fifth-year senior who played in 51 games during his career at Georgia. “I was realistic about it [being drafted]. … It would’ve been nice, but I’m excited for the opportunity.”

Long before that, however, he was just grateful for the chance to play in the NFL and for the defending Super Bowl champion, Denver Broncos.

Roster status

There are two players fighting for this single roster spot. The favorite to win the job is Casey Kreiter, but ultimately the most consistent long snapper through August will be the guy who gets the one and only roster spot for this position.

The other will be left waiting for another chance to get in the league.