Why Karl Schmitz Is Denver Broncos' New Secret Weapon – Bleacher Report
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It’s not often NFL fans have the opportunity to get excited about the signing of a kicker. In case you hadn’t heard, the Denver Broncos recently signed one.
Karl Schmitz is one of the newest members of the Denver Broncos’ roster. Why is this exciting news? Simply because of the potential that Schmitz brings to the team.
Here, you’ll be able to get to know Denver’s new kicker and why we think his signing can become a great under-the-radar transaction starting with the 2015 season.
Who Is Karl Schmitz?
Born in Bermuda, Schmitz has limited experience as a football player, though he did handle both kickoffs and field-goal duties at Jacksonville University in 2008.
Though no official stats can be found, his player page shows he did in fact play for the Jacksonville Dolphins.
From there, he transferred to the University of Missouri—St. Louis. However, that school didn’t have a football program.
It appeared that would be the end of his football playing days, but he has been working with former NFL place-kicker Mike Hollis at the ProForm Kicking Academy.
After years of trying to land a job as a kicker in the NFL, Schmitz was finally given that chance when he was noticed by representatives of the Broncos at a recent free-agent scouting combine in Arizona.
Denver’s Kicking Woes in 2014
Few teams in the league had as many issues in the kicking game as the Broncos last season.
After Matt Prater was suspended for the first four games of the season due to a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy, the team brought in Brandon McManus to fill in for him.
That turned into a permanent role for McManus when the Broncos surprisingly decided to release Prater.
Will Karl Schmitz earn a roster spot?
That move came back to haunt the Broncos, as McManus proved to be unreliable. He didn’t make a single field goal of over 50 yards, something Denver could count on Prater to do routinely.
Once the Broncos got to the point where they wouldn’t even bring McManus in to attempt long-range kicks, they … – Click Here To Visit Article Source