Syracuse special teams thrive with punter, walk-on kicker
One thing is certain about Syracuse coach Dino Babers — he's getting a kick out of watching his special teams perform.
From punter Sterling Hofrichter to walk-on place-kicker Andre Szmyt to return man Sean Riley, it's hard to find much wrong so far this season for a team that's 4-1, the lone loss a four-point setback at unbeaten powerhouse Clemson on Saturday.
Broncos Preview Capsule
DENVER BRONCOS (5-11)
New faces: QB Case Keenum, RB Royce Freeman, RB Phillip Lindsay, WR Courtland Sutton, WR DaeSean Hamilton, RT Jared Veldheer, CB Adam "Pacman" Jones, DE Clinton McDonald, ILB Jose Jewell, OLB Bradley Chubb, ILB Alexander Johnson, CB Tramaine Brock, S Su'a Cravens, CB Isaac Yiadom, P Marquette King.
Key losses: CB Aqib Talib, QB Trevor Siemian, QB Brock Osweiler, RB C.J. Anderson, TE Virgil Green, WR Cody Latimer, OL Menelik Watson, S Jamal Carter, P Riley Dixon.
Giants Preview Capsule
NEW YORK GIANTS (3-13)
New faces: Coach Pat Shurmur, GM Dave Gettleman, RB Saquon Barkley, T Nate Solder, LB Alec Ogletree, LB Kareem Martin, G Will Hernandez, G Patrick Omameh, DL B.J. Hill, P Riley Dixon, LB Connor Barwin, DL Josh Mauro, S Curtis Riley, S Michael Thomas, WR Cody Latimer, WR Russell Shepard, LB Lorenzo Carter, QB Kyle Lauletta, RB Jonathan Stewart, DT A.J. Francis.
Giants Training Camp Capsule
NEW YORK GIANTS (3-13)
OPEN CAMP: July 25, Quest Diagnostics Training Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Giants acquire punter Dixon from Broncos for draft pick
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have acquired punter Riley Dixon from the Denver Broncos for a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2019.
The Giants announced the move Monday. New York waived Brad Wing after last season.
Dixon was the Broncos' seventh-round pick in 2016. He averaged 45.7 yards in his two seasons with a net of 40.8 yards.
The Broncos recently signed former Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King as a free agent.
Broncos special teams coach Olivo always accepts the blame
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — For many coaches, it's difficult to admit fault when things go haywire on the football field. They'll say things like, "Coaches coach and players play," and suggest that the game plans were great even if the execution wasn't.
Not Brock Olivo .
Broncos sign long snapper, waive nose tackle Kilgo
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Long snapper Thomas Gafford wasn't ready for retirement. So the veteran of eight NFL seasons kept in shape and snapped twice a week this season with some buddies in Houston while waiting for another chance.
That opportunity came in Denver, where he flew on Thanksgiving Day for a tryout. The Broncos needed a temporary replacement for Casey Kreiter, who strained a calf earlier in the week.
Denver Broncos Preview Capsule
DENVER BRONCOS (15-4)
New faces: LT Russell Okung, P Riley Dixon, RT Donald Stephenson, QB Paxton Lynch, DE Jared Crick, DE Adam Gotsis, S Justin Simmons, RB Devontae Booker, FB Andy Janovich.
Key losses: QB Peyton Manning, QB Brock Osweiler, DE Malik Jackson, ILB Danny Trevathan, P Britton Colquitt, S David Bruton Jr., TE Owen Daniels, S/KR Omar Bolden.
Broncos trim roster but 1 cut already hurts
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — NFL coaches preach all summer about keeping the best 53 players on the roster. Sometimes, however, money gets in the way and decisions are made based as much on payroll as performance.
The Broncos could pay the price this season for one such move.