Monitoring the kicking situations in K.C., Denver

August, 15, 2008
8/15/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Chiefs and the Broncos will keep an eye on their kickers Saturday night. Both teams are trying to incorporate inexperienced kickers into their lineup.

In Kansas City, Nick Novak and Connor Barth are competing for the job. In Denver, Matt Prater is essentially competing against himself to be the replacement for long time "Mr. Clutch" -- Jason Elam -- who departed for Atlanta via free agency this offseason.

Both Denver and Kansas City have promised to be patient with their kicking situations. But now that Jay Feely is an available option, both teams are going to think long and hard. Feely was cut by Miami this week. While both the Chiefs and the Broncos are keeping their eyes on Feely, they are still committed to their current situations.

But the kickers in Kansas City and Denver have to come through. In Denver, the Broncos believe in Prater. He entered this week missing just four field goals all of training camp. Prater missed a 30-yarder in his first attempt at Houston last week, but he made his next three attempts.

The Broncos believe Prater will do enough to win the job. In Kansas City, Barth and Novak are fighting it out with no clear favorite. Yet, both have to do well the rest the preseason to stand out.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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