For the first time since September 2005, the Broncos have three kicking specialists on the 53-man roster.
Joining Jason Elam and Paul Ernster for practice on Wednesday morning was Central Florida alumnus Matt Prater, who was signed off the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad.
Prater kicked for the Atlanta Falcons in Weeks 1 and 2, and while his leg was strong, he struggled with accuracy. Three of his four kickoffs went for touchbacks and he averaged 71.3 yards per kickoff, but he was 1-of-4 on his field-goal attempts, making one from 45 yards away but missing from 26, 43 and 44 yards before being released.
Prater joined Miami’s practice squad last month.
Prater is the third member of a growing UCF alumni society on the Broncos’ roster, joining Brandon Marshall and Paul Carrington. All were seniors on the 2005 team that turned a winless finish the year before into a Hawaii Bowl bid.
Denver still has one vacancy on its practice squad after its decision to promote Roderick Rogers to the 53-man roster Tuesday.