Broncos deciding between Mitchell Fraboni and Joe Fortunato as starting long snapper in Week 6


With the myriad of concerns facing the Broncos as they head into a critical Week 6 divisional game on the road in primetime, the team cannot afford to add instability at long snapper to its list of issues.

That’s why Denver signed a pair of long snappers to the practice squad this week, and has been putting that duo — Mitchell Fraboni and Joe Fortunato — through an exhaustive head-to-head tryout to determine who will earn an elevation to the game-day roster on Monday against the Chargers.

“It’s a combination of a lot of (variables) we’re looking for — accuracy, timing, blocking ability, coverage ability,” said head coach Nathaniel Hackett, who was a long snapper in high school and college at UC Davis. “The most important thing is the accuracy, the velocity and the blocking. If you also have a dimension of coverage down the field, that’s always an added bonus.”

Fraboni and Fortunato are the two finalists to make it through two separate tryout groups Monday and Tuesday to be Jacob Bobenmoyer’s replacement. The Broncos’ starting long snapper for the past three years, Bobenmoyer fractured his thumb in the Week 5 loss to the Colts and is on injured reserve. The injury resulted in surgery and snaps Bobenmoyer’s streak of 38 games played in a row.


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