Two games into the 2015 season and Denver Broncos kicker, Brandon McManus, has been perfect kicking the ball. What a difference 12 months can make for a guy. A year ago, his teammates were fed up with him and Connor Barth was brought in to save the Broncos from McManus' inaccuracy.
Then the jab step was removed from his motion. From that moment forward, McManus was a different placekicker. He won his starting job back from Barth and stormed through the first two games about as perfect as you could ask a kicker to be.
According to Pro Football Talk, he has put up some impressive numbers for the Broncos:
Overall McManus is 5-for-5 on field goals and 5-for-5 on extra points this season, and of his 12 kickoffs 10 were touchbacks and the two that were brought out of the end zone were returned for an average of only 15.5 yards.
Not only has he been perfect, but he owns the three longest field goals in the entire league so far, having booted a 57-yarder and a 56-yarder in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens before adding another 54-yarder on Thursday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Head Coach Gary Kubiak noted after the win over the Chiefs saying, "I thought we improved special teams-wise from last week to this week. One of our goals—their return game was pretty good and we held up pretty well and got a turnover. [K] Brandon [McManus] continues to be exceptional. The kick that he made, there was question whether we should let him try that because the wind was blowing a little bit—you guys know that—but he has been exceptional."
Something tells me we're going to be seeing a lot of these kinds of monster kicks from McManus for the rest of the season. What a great find he has been, especially after such a rocky beginning to his tenure in Denver.