The Broncos entered training camp with battles for roster spots at almost every position group. On Monday, the first of those competitions appears to be settled.
“We brought (Brewer) in with the idea that we liked his ability,” Head Coach John Fox said. “He’s an exceptional athlete.”
Brewer split snapping duties with Paxton throughout training camp and the team’s first three preseason contests.
He has snapped on 12 punts and six field goal or extra point attempts this preseason. He was in for two punts, one field goal and four extra point attempts at Chicago, six punts vs. Seattle and four punts and one extra point vs. San Francisco.
Brewer’s ability to adjust to the NFL game quickly helped him gain trust from the coaching staff and earn playing time.
“A lot of times with a snapper one of the things you look at is the protection element,” Fox said. “He is like a center on the offensive line. He picked that up very, very quickly.”
His learning ability was not a surprise, as Brewer earned All-Academic Mountain West Conference honors during each of his four seasons at San Diego State University.
Brewer, who appeared in all 50 possible games for the Aztecs, made 15 special-teams tackles during his college career.
That coverage ability also appealed to the coaching staff, which essentially gives the punt unit an extra defender after the ball leaves Britton Colquitt’s foot.
“He’s very athletic, so he’s a really good cover guy for a center,” Fox said. “A lot of times, people on punt returns don’t count that guy. We just felt great about his upside and his performance in the preseason games.”
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