AFC to honor Denver's Prater

December, 1, 2009
12/01/09
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The Denver Broncos announced that kicker Matt Prater will be named the AFC West special teams player of the week for the second time this season.
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During Denver’s 26-6 win over the Giants on Thursday night, Prater converted all four of his field goal attempts, including a 47-yarder. He also had touchbacks on five of his seven kickoffs.

Prater is having an excellent second season in Denver after being inconsistent last season and during training camp this season. He also won the award after Week 5 this season.

Prater’s excellent play is the primary reason why the Broncos likely will not consider bringing back veteran Jason Elam, who was released by Atlanta on Tuesday.

Elam is one of the most popular players in recent Denver history. Many fans were shocked when he left the Broncos after 15 wildly successful seasons in free agency in 2008.

Elam is close to owner Pat Bowlen, but because of the regime change and Prater’s success, youth and great ability to kick off (Elam doesn’t kick off), do not expect the Broncos to go back to the future on this one.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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