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AFC to honor Denver kicker

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater will be named AFC Special teams player of the week, the Broncos said in a release.

Prater made all three of his field goal attempts Sunday in a 16-13 win over Tampa Bay. One of his field goals was from 55 yards. It easily cleared the cross bar. Prater also recorded four touchbacks on five kickoffs Sunday.

Prater has kicked four field goals of 50 yards or more this season. He said Sunday that his coaches told him he will attempt to break the all-time field goal record of 63 yards this season. The record is shared by Jason Elam and Tom Dempsey.

Prater, of course, replaced Elam in Denver this season. Elam was a surprise departure from Denver after 15 years. He signed with Atlanta.

Denver signed Prater late last season and developed him in the offseason. Prater came into the season. His only previous NFL experience was in Atlanta last year and he made just one of four field goal attempts. Prater credits that experience of helping him now.

"A lot of young kickers struggle early and I had my struggles last year," Prater said. "I feel very comfortable out there now."

And he's being rewarded for it.