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Broncos long snapper Casey Kreiter’s first Pro Bowl Week an “amazing” experience

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. – Nearly everything about the Pro Bowl is different than a regular season game, and Broncos long snapper Casey Kreiter provided one clear example following the AFC’s walk-through Friday.

“Von (Miller) is the back-up guard on our punt team,” Kreiter said. “Did I ever think I would have Von Miller next to me on the punt team? No. That will be a lot of fun if it happens.”

Kreiter has been having a lot of fun during his first Pro Bowl experience, which concludes with the game Sunday in Orlando. He was chosen by Chargers coach Anthony Lynn and special teams coach George Stewart to serve as the long snapper.

“It’s been amazing,” Kreiter said. “On top of the just the huge honor of being selected by the Chargers coaching staff, it’s been fun to have my family here and be with some of the best football players in the league.”

The Kreiter Cheering Section will include his wife, son, parents, sister, and in-laws Sunday.

Asked if this was the culmination of his best season, Kreiter said: “With kind of everything we dealt with, switching punters and working with a new holder, I think I had a great year. I think I’ve built on every single year since I started there and hopefully I’ll continue to build.”

The Broncos signed punter/holder Marquette King in the offseason but he lasted all of four games before Casey Wadman was signed to handle both duties.

Kreiter, 28, has been with the Broncos since 2016 and becomes a restricted free agent in March. Re-signing Kreiter should be one of general manager John Elway’s easier moves.

“I love Denver,” Kreiter said. “I love being there. We’ll start (talking contract) here (soon), I hope. I want to be a part of the solution and I would love to play in Denver my whole career.”

Special teams rankings. In the 39th edition of his annual special teams rankings, veteran pro football writer Rick Gosselin ranked the Broncos 24th in an average of 22 kicking game categories. The New York Jets were first and Green Bay was last.

The Broncos were last in punt returns (4.4 yards), tied for first in extra point percentage (no misses) and tied for second in blocked kicks (four). The Broncos were 31st last year in Gosselin’s rankings.

Good suggestion. Loyal reader Frank passed along a good suggestion after the Broncos hired Chris Kuper as assistant offensive line coach: Sign Ja’Wuan James to play right tackle.

Kuper was on Miami’s coaching staff for four of James’ five years with the Dolphins. Current Broncos right tackle Jared Veldheer is a free agent.

James, a first-round draft pick (No. 19 overall) in 2013, is 26 years old and has 62 games of starting experience.

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Book shelf. “Blood, Sweat And Chalk: The Ultimate Football Playbook. How the Great Coaches Build Today’s Game.” Written in 2010 by Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated, this has a permanent place on our bookshelf for frequent reference. Each of the 22 chapters focuses on an innovative scheme or play, including the wishbone, Don Coryell’s passing system, zone blocking, BYU’s ‘Air Raid’ offense (now common), the Cover Two and the zone blitz. A very educational book.

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