Broncos punter Britton Colquitt has started strong this season through five games, building off his hot preseason.
After leading all NFL punters in net punting average this preseason, Colquitt currently ranks No. 2 with an average of 43.7 net yards per punt.
“Net punts are an important indicator of how we’re doing field position wise with returning the ball to the defense,” Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Rodgers said. “Britton will be the first one to tell you that unless he’s got guys covering well, it’s not going to help him statistically…He’s done a good job, but the guys around him have done a pretty decent job too.”
While other position groups may have been affected by the shortened offseason, kickers and punters work more as individuals and did not have their normal training routines impacted as much as offensive or defensive units.
“I’d say this. With the way the offseason was structured this year, the kicker and the punter, their offseason was about the same,” Rodgers said. “Those guys don’t need anybody else to work on their craft with them. Britton certainly had a good offseason on his own.”
Colquitt has improved his 2010 numbers across the board. His gross average is up more than six yards per punt (from 44.6 to 50.7) and his net average has improved by almost seven yards (from 36.6 to 43.7).
Colquitt’s eight games with a 50-plus-yard gross punting average are the second most through a punter’s first two seasons in NFL history. He needs just one more 50-plus-yard game to tie the record set by former Broncos punter Jim Fraser in 1963.