Denver Broncos: Grading week three game versus Jets

Denver Broncos defense celebrates. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos defense celebrates. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Denver Broncos, Sam Martin
Denver Broncos punter Sam Martin. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

Special Teams Grade, B

It will be a little bit before a special teams unit warrants an A grade from me during the season. However, on Sunday the team did do an overall good job in being rather consistent all game.

Brandon McManus continues to show why he’s been one of the better kickers in the NFL and warranted an extension when he did. If McManus can keep this type of play going the Denver Broncos will be a weapon in every phase to put points on the board.

Teams cannot rely simply on three points, but it is gratifying knowing there is a kicker who can be reliable in potentially pressure situations. Hopefully, McManus can continue his stellar start to the season.

Diontae Spencer had a few moments in the game where he could have fielded a punt a tad better. There are moments during games where a returner must know to let a ball go or when to play the role of becoming a playmaker. Since Spencer is not much of a threat on offense, he will have to be creative in other areas to show why he’s the Pro Bowl-caliber return man.

The last thing Denver needs is a potential miscue against the Kansas City Chiefs or another playoff-contending team forcing the defense to strut back out there for another go in a short field. This is why field position remains an underrated part of the game.

Same Martin had a good game. Yet, there are still moments where Martin does not get just enough at times with his leg to push the opposition further down the field. However, Martin did do well in sideline punting against the Jets.

One of the big pluses for Martin before coming to the Denver Broncos had been his tremendous success in sideline punting eliminating the area for a returner to run upfield. This was a good sign and step forward during the Jets game.