At the NFL level, one mistake can get you massively chewed out by your coach.
Denver Broncos' punter Riley Dixon experienced that first-hand, as he made a mistake in the final minutes of his team's win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 1. The rookie shanked his final punt and left the Panthers with good field position at their own 40-yard line. Panthers' kicker Graham Gano wound up missing a field goal that would have won the game for his team, but Broncos' special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis knows it could have been disastrous.
"You can do some things," DeCamillis said Thursday, per the team's official website. "We've watched some tape. We've watched some tape of other people around the league, in trying to get him to where he's locked into his technique and what makes a successful punter in the league, and that's what we're going to keep doing with him."
Dixon, a seventh-round pick of this year's draft won the job over veteran Brandon Colquitt. He nailed a 54-yard punt in the third quarter of that game and also did a decent job holding for place-kicker Brandon McManus.
"I've seen it with a lot of rookies, not just punters," DeCamillis said. "He did have a great warmup, and that's why I don't get really jacked up about the warmups anymore, because I've seen it with 10-year vets, too. So he's just got to keep working, and I think he will. I think he's going to be a really good player down the road."
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