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Berger keeps Broncos punting job despite addition

By: FRANK SCHWAB
December 30, 2009
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ENGLEWOOD – Mitch Berger is still the Denver Broncos’ punter, although the team now has a second punter on the roster.

Denver signed Britton Colquitt off Miami’s practice squad, but Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said Berger will punt on Sunday against Kansas City. Colquitt is being looked at as a move for the future. Berger is 37 years old. The Broncos had an open roster spot, and there was nobody else that they were going to sign to play against the Chiefs.

“We never stop trying to improve the team or look as we move forward here,” McDaniels said.

Colquitt was with the Broncos during the offseason, training camp and part of the preseason before he was cut on Sept. 1. The punter who beat him out in the preseason, Brett Kern, was released after six regular-season games and replaced by Berger.

Berger didn’t punt well against Philadelphia, averaging just 34.9 yards per punt. His final punt was only 35 yards, and helped the Eagles start their game-winning drive at Denver’s 42-yard line. McDaniels said on Monday that the Broncos didn’t punt well enough.

Berger, who said he thinks he has punted well the past six weeks, admitted he wasn’t at his best against the Eagles. He was put in a tough position, directionally punting to keep the ball away from punt returner DeSean Jackson, and he said repeatedly he struggled to execute the game plan.

“I know that I hurt us,” Berger said. “I didn’t do my job as well as it needed to be done.”

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