Maybe its luck. Maybe its the altitude. Whatever it is, the Denver Broncos have enjoyed a fairly long and consistent string of solid placekickers and Brandon McManus has continued that tradition through his career.
Brandon McManus Profile
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 201 pounds | Age: 27
College: Temple | Experience: Seventh Season
After a tumultuous start to his career in 2014 after coming into the league as an undrafted free agent in 2013, McManus came back during the franchise’s Super Bowl run with a new kicking motion that saw him become about as automatic as you could be as a placerkicker in the NFL.
Just look at the Chicago Bears plight with kickers and rest easy knowing the Broncos have McManus holding things down with accurate and reliable kicking. One of his best attributes now is that he comes up clutch when it matters the most.
The only time I can recall McManus coming up with a missed kick with the game on the line since 2015 was last year against the Houston Texans. And even then, most of us felt it was poor coaching that put the team in that position.
As for Vic Fangio, he was asked during minicamp if Taylor Bertolet is in an open competition with McManus and he replied in a way that shows the job would be pretty hard to take. Bertolet would need to do something amazing.
“There’s a lot of competition out here,” Fangio said. I would say Brandon is obviously the incumbent. [Bertolet] would have to knock him out like in a heavy weight battle.”
Brandon McManus highlights
Brandon McManus’ roster status with the Broncos
What else is there to say than to say Brandon McManus is a lock to make the team and to be the teams kicker in 2019 and is under contract through the next two seasons. The Broncos should not mess with the placekicker position beyond 2020 either. Just look at the Bears this year and the Minnesota Vikings a few years back.