Broncos cut former IU kicker Mitch Ewald

Only days ago, Mitch Ewald seemed to be in position to break camp as an NFL kicker. Those odds took a hit on Tuesday when the Denver Broncos cut the former Indiana specialist.

Matt Prater, Denver’s No. 1 kicker, was recently hit with a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The ban appeared to open the door for Ewald to step in as the temporary fill-in.

But that door closed on Tuesday when Denver traded a conditional seventh-round draft pick to the New York Giants in exchange for kicker Brandon McManus.

It’s safe to say Ewald’s chances of making the squad were hurt when he missed a 36-yard field goal in Saturday’s 18-17 exhibition loss against Houston. Ewald hit a 22-yard field goal last week at San Francisco, while connecting on all five of his extra point attempts over three preseason games.

He was signed by Denver as an undrafted free agent on July 23.


  1. Ouch. The starter gets suspended and you still can’t make the team. That’s as surprising as Ewald missing a 36 yard field goal. I can’t remember Ewald missing a 36 yard field goal while playing for IU. My guess is that nerves played a part in that miss.

  2. Lol!

    “Dan Marino should die of gonorrhea and rot in hell. Cookie anyone?”

    “Oh look, they’re little footballs.”

    “Laces out!”

  3. Just read a comment on ESPN On line about Ewald getting cut. The story implies that it was his lack of distance on kickoffs that Denver’s coaches were worried about, not his accuracy on field goals. They wanted a stronger leg.

  4. I thought the air was thinner at “Mile High”…? If you don’t have enough octane in the foot to get better mileage on field goal attempts(when a good share of those attempts will be in Denver)at that altitude, then I guess you got just as many problems as a Manning ageless cannon arm turning into a tired squirt gun at normal sea levels….or come time for road games during the playoffs against Seahawks.

    Lower octane arms have been determined to be Hall of Fame material for decades in Denver….But do we need to dig deeper in understanding the positives and negatives of playing at higher altitudes…There’s the oxygen exchange in the lungs…And doesn’t the delivery of oxygenated blood to the muscles play into the body’s ability to operate at optimum/strongest levels? The ball may be lighter, but do the muscles in the arms(or a kicker’s leg) enjoy the same advantages in thinner air?

    Maybe Double Down can help on the science end of such questions I naively ponder.

    Specifically, if you can’t pass/kick for distance in Denver, can you pass/kick for distance anywhere in the NFL?

  5. Aren’t air molecules less active in colder temps? The thinner air may help distance, but doesn’t the colder temps potentially operate against those advantages by suppressing the balls liveliness/pop/spring off of the foot on impact?

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