ENGLEWOOD - It might be a stretch to say Billy Winn can do it all.
But he can do more than most.
The calf injury to Denver Broncos’ longsnapper Casey Kreiter this week brought on the revelation that Billy Winn is the backup snapper. That’s Billy Winn, who by trade is the Broncos’ backup defensive lineman.
Ordinarily, tight ends are made into backup longsnappers. But Winn has been a backup snapper since his junior season at Boise State in 2010.
“I started messing around with it and I’ve been a backup at it for seven years now, five years in the NFL,’’ said Winn, who got his first Broncos’ start two weeks ago at New Orleans in place of the injured Derek Wolfe. “I can do long, I can do short. I’m more consistent with field goal snaps than I am with punts, but I can do both for sure.’’
Kreiter, who has not had a bad snap 10 games into his first NFL season, tweaked his calf during practice earlier this week and was held out Thursday.
The Broncos don’t seem overly concerned Kreiter won’t be able snap Sunday night against Kansas City, but if he can’t – remember, long snappers also have to block and run down the field to cover punts – Winn is ready.
Longsnapping is not a bad way to make a living. The Broncos were paying $1 million a year to Aaron Brewer before releasing him after their Super Bowl 50 win. Perhaps, when Winn’s body won’t let him bang around the defensive interior, anymore, he can reinvent himself as a full-time longsnapper.
“That’s my plan,’’ Winn said. “My plan now is to play defense as long as I can and then, oh by the way, I can snap. See if that works out.’’
Neither the Broncos or Chiefs run the ball well. The Chiefs rank 21st in the league with 99.7 rushing yards per game; the Broncos are 22nd with 97.4 yards.
The Broncos and Chiefs also don’t stop the run well. The Chiefs’ defense ranks 27th, allowing 121.7 rushing yards per game. The Broncos are 29th, surrendering 123.7 yards.
Any time two teams that can’t run the ball or stop the run get together …
Due to strong winds, the Broncos practiced inside Thursday at their Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse.