Posted: 12/04/2016 9:12 pm UTC
Detroit Lions PK Matt Prater kicked four field goals Sunday, Dec. 4, in a 28-13 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Prater remains a safe bet for fantasy owners, who have come to see Prater rarely miss a field goal or extra point. In this day and age of kickers missing PATs, this is a good sign. If you need a strong kicker to close out your season or go to the playoffs, pick up Prater if he is available.
Posted: 12/03/2015 5:12 pm UTC
Detroit Lions PK Matt Prater (illness) is expected to play Thursday, Dec. 3, against the Green Bay Packers, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Prater is a sneaky fantasy grab and play for those of you who fear the impact of weather on kickers; he won't kick outdoors again until Week 17.
Posted: 10/08/2014 4:10 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, free-agent PK Matt Prater (Broncos) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.
Huddle Up: You knew Prater would find a home after the Broncos opted to keep Brandon McMurray. And you knew the Lions would be looking for a kicker after Alex Henery's inaccuracy cost them a win last week. It's another prolific offense for Prater and a great opportunity for fantasy points.
Posted: 10/08/2014 7:10 am UTC
Free-agent PK Matt Prater agreed in principal to sign with the Detroit Lions Tuesday, Oct. 7, according to an NFL source.
Huddle Up: Prater, who last season connected on a league-best 96.2 percent of his FG attempts (25-of-26), wasn't going to stay a free agent for long, especially with the likes of the PK-needy Lions in the market. Detroit has seen Nate Freese and Alex Henery combine to hit only 4 of 12 attempts in the first 5 games and are hoping their third kicker of the season is the charm to putting kicking issues behind them.
Posted: 10/03/2014 9:10 pm UTC
Denver Broncos PK Matt Prater is being released before he comes off his four-game suspension following this Sunday's game, according to a source. PK Brandon McManus has won the team's kicking job.
Huddle Up: Somewhat of a surprise given Prater's stellar on-field track record but his off-field issues and high-$ salary apparently were too much to stomach -- especially for a kicker who would be facing at least a season-long suspension upon his next transgression. McManus has performed well, booming kickoffs and hitting all 3 of his field goals -- although none has been longer than 24 yards or has been an especially high-pressure kick. The Broncos' PK usually is high fantasy demand, but keep in mind that this is a team that doesn't kick a lot of FGs -- a league-low 3 this year and only 28 (21st in the league) since the start of last season.
Posted: 8/24/2014 5:08 pm UTC
NFL suspended Broncos K Matt Prater four games for violating the
league's substance-abuse policy. According to the Denver Post, the
violation was "alcohol-related." Prater has been in the league's
alcohol program since August 2011, when he was charged with DUI.
The 4 game suspension was part of an agreement reached between
Prater's attorney and the league, so an appeal is not expected. The
NFL had initially threatened a one-year suspension.
Huddle Up: For those that still take kickers before the last round, you can
scratch one of those worthy of that pick off your list. In fact,
Prater may need to be dropped from your draft board all together.
Prater's backup is undrafted rookie Mitch Ewald, but the Broncos
will likely search for a veteran to pick up once teams make final
cuts. Prater is eligible to return in Week 6, as the Broncos are on
bye in Week 4.
Posted: 1/27/2014 6:01 am UTC
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said PK Matt Prater (illness) is feeling much
better and will be able to play in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Huddle Up: Prater missed all 3 of the team's practices last week in Denver, but was on
Sunday's team flight and still has a full week to get ready for the game.
Posted: 7/04/2012 3:07 am UTC
Denver Broncos PK Matt Prater signed a four-year deal worth $13 million with a $3 million signing bonus. Prater kicked game-winning field goals in three straight weeks last year and led the league in touchback percentage (70.1). He has the highest percentage in league history from 50 yards or more.
Huddle Up: In the last five seasons Prater's hit 90 of 112 (80.1 percent) kicks, including 12 of 16 from beyond 50 yards. He's currently one of the best in the business.
Posted: 3/07/2012 1:03 am UTC
Updating a previous report, the Denver Broncos have placed the franchise tag on impending free-agent PK Matt Prater.
Huddle Up: Prater will earn $2.6 million guaranteed to kick footballs in 2012. One of the best jobs in America. Last year Prater had the highest percentage of touchbacks (69.6) and drilled four game-winning field goals.
Posted: 3/05/2012 5:03 pm UTC
The Denver Broncos will use their franchise tag on impending free-agent PK Matt Prater Monday, March 5.
Huddle Up: All the cool teams are franchising their kickers, so the Broncos jump in on the trend. Prater gets to kick in the mile-high atmosphere, which is always a boost for those leagues that award bonus points for long-distance kicks.