DENVER, Colo.- To punt or not to punt, a question that may soon be answered for Denver Broncos long-time kicker Jason Elam.
Elam, who last punted during the 1992 season at the University of Hawaii, is looking to make a serious run at becoming the team’s starting punter, provided he can secure the job over current starter Micah Knorr and rookie Mat McBriar during next month’s official training camp.
"I'm hoping that they're going to let me try it," Elam told reporters after the recent voluntary camp. "I don't know if they're really serious about it or not, but I feel like I can do a pretty good job at it”.
With Knorr coming off a less than stellar season, the idea of Elam sounds rather enticing, albeit a longshot considering the investment Denver made when they signed Elam to a new five-year contract in early Feburary as the team’s sole field goal kicker.
Risking the health of their primary field goal specialist during punt attempts will understandibly not sit well with head coach Mike Shanahan.
The player who some consider to be the frontrunner is McBriar, an Australian product out of the University of Hawaii, who shared his college field with fellow Broncos Ashley Lelie and backup quarterback Nick Rolovich, currently playing in the NFL European League.
"I have to say that I felt a lot more comfortable coming here, knowing these guys were here," McBriar said. “It's been great coming to a place where I know people."
Comfortability factor aside, McBriar has his work cut out for him as the first Australian rules player ever to be signed by the Broncos on a full time basis. To date no Australian has ever suited up for the club during the regular season.
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