After strong 2020 season, Diontae Spencer looks to take another jump in return game


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A season ago, Diontae Spencer took the next step in his career.

After averaging eight yards per punt return in 2019, Spencer averaged 15.8 yards per return in his second season with the Broncos.

Spencer appeared in just 11 games, but his punt-return average last season was second to only first-team All-Pro Gunner Olszewski’s 17.3 yards per return among returners with at least 16 returns in 2020.

He also became the first Bronco to return a punt for a score since 2015, as he took a punt back 83 yards in a win over the Panthers.

“It definitely shifted the momentum of the game,” Spencer said Thursday. “Everybody had a sense of urgency after that. It kind of carries everybody’s momentum into the next play and the next series. Everybody is locked in. It’s an exciting play. When you can get plays like that to help the offense and give the team a boost — eventually we ended up winning the game. If you can do those things on special teams and every now and then provide that spark, it just boosts the whole morale of the team.”

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