BRONCOS

Brett Maher is the Broncos’ lone kicker, but he still has competition

Aug 15, 2023, 5:07 PM

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Brett Maher’s first day as the Broncos’ only placekicker closed wonderfully. But it hit a snag along the way.

He walked off Tuesday by hitting two field-goal attempts of beyond 50 yards — including a 59-yard blast to cap the first-team offense’s drive in the move-the-ball period. At one point during the field-goal period, he missed two of his three attempts from at least 45 yards, including a try that slammed into the left upright.

That came three days after Maher missed one field-goal attempt and had another blocked in the 18-17 loss to Arizona. Elliott Fry, who the Broncos released Tuesday following an injury, went 1-of-2, hitting a 55-yarder.

Now, the resilience is exactly what one wants to see from Maher. But just because he got all the kicks Tuesday doesn’t mean he lacks competition.

“Brett ad a good day today,” Broncos coach Sean Payton said. “He’s competing with himself because he’s got 31 other teams. There are probably seven teams that have a real kicking battle, so he’s competing with those guys that come out of those clubs.

“That doesn’t discount us, possibly, if we wanted to bring in another player.”

That path is how Payton got his best kicker in New Orleans. The Saints added Wil Lutz after the Ravens released him in 2016. Lutz promptly stopped a revolving-door kicker situation with the Saints that existed for much of Payton’s first 10 years as their head coach.

It’s also how the Broncos initially acquired Brandon McManus, who they released in May. They traded for McManus just before the 53-player roster deadline in 2014. He wasn’t going to make the New York Giants’ roster, but the Broncos had room.

So, even with Fry no longer in the mix, the kicking competition continues apace.

“We’ll go day-to-day with where we’re at with the kickers,” Payton said. “I’ve said this to you guys before.”

And surely he’ll say it again if the topic arises.

***

Broncos

Terrell Davis...

Will Petersen

Terrell Davis taken off plane in handcuffs in ‘humiliating’ incident

Broncos legend Terrell Davis was released after questioning, but is "humiliated, embarrassed, powerless and angry" after the incident

5 hours ago

Broncos QB Bo Nix...

Cecil Lammey

Bo Nix has a superpower that will get him on the field quickly

Why will the Broncos rookie quarterback be able to succeed in his first year? Because he has a talent that sets him apart from the competition

10 hours ago

Marvin Mims Jr....

Andrew Mason

Is Marvin Mims Jr. in line for bigger things on returns?

Marvin Mims Jr. made the Pro Bowl on punt returns as a rookie ... but the NFL's rules changes on kickoffs could open open new horizons.

2 days ago

Peyton Manning Zach Wilson...

Andrew Mason

Peyton Manning could be set to promote flag football at Olympics

Peyton Manning might be adding another role to his work at the Summer Olympics in Paris -- promoting flag football.

3 days ago

Broncos edge rusher Nik Bonitto...

Andrew Mason

Could Broncos find an edge-rushing alpha in Nik Bonitto?

The Broncos have a solid collection of edge rushers, but they haven't had a double-digit sacker since 2018. Nik Bonitto could change that.

4 days ago

Justin Simmons...

Will Petersen

Justin Simmons is still looking for a job, but has good perspective

"It's caused me to slow down and give up control, because it's not in my control," Justin Simmons said at his inaugural golf classic

4 days ago

Brett Maher is the Broncos’ lone kicker, but he still has competition