Brandon McManus

Brandon McManus

Place Kicker #8
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 201 lb.
College:Temple
Age:28
Born:July 25, 1991
Drafted:2013 / UDFA

Brandon McManus: Coming back in 2020

The Broncos picked up McManus' $1 million option for 2020, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: McManus is coming off another solid year with Denver, as he connected on 29 of 34 field goals (85.3 percent) and 25 of 26 extra points. The 28-year-old kicker hit four of seven kicks from beyond 50 yards, and he's poised to be the Broncos' starter again in 2020.

February 25, 2020 1:35 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Scores 112 points in 2019

McManus converted 29 of 34 field goals, with a season high of 53 yards, and 25 of 26 point-after attempts in 2019.

Analysis: A strong argument can be made that 2019 was McManus' finest statistical performance. He ended one field goal off his career high and a fraction of a percentage point off his career best conversion rate. More importantly was where he was kicking them from, his 14 field goals from 40 yards and further out obliterated his previous season high of 10. He ended 2019 tied for fifth in the league with 29 total field goals and his 14 field goals from 40 yards and further also ranked fifth. If the offense can take some further steps with incoming sophomore Drew Lock at the helm, McManus' opportunities should only increase in 2020.

January 7, 2020 5:36 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Accounts for nine points

McManus converted field goals of 34 and 26 yards and all three of his point-after tries during Sunday's 27-17 win over the Lions.

Analysis: McManus snapped a two-game streak in which he kicked just a single field goal. Still, he's seventh in the league with 26 made field goals and his 11 conversion of at least 40 yards are tied for fifth in the league. The season ends Sunday against a Raiders team against whom McManus converted three of four field goal attempts in Week 1.

December 23, 2019 8:12 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Accounts for entire offense

McManus converted a 32-yards field goal during Sunday's 23-3 loss in Kansas City.

Analysis: Sunday was the second time in Denver's last four games in which McManus accounted for the Broncos' entire scoring output with a single field goal. Despite those modest outputs, McManus still ranks seventh in the league with 24 field goals. He will end the season in the Mile High air against Detroit and Oakland, owners of, respectively, the league's 26th and 28th-ranked scoring defenses.

December 16, 2019 5:12 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Coverts all five PATs

McManus connected on all five of his point-after attempts and a 36-yard field goal during Sunday's 38-24 win over Houston.

Analysis: Sunday's five point-afters were McManus' most since Week 7 of 2018, a testament to just how bad Denver's offense has been of late. The team has seemed to turn a corner with rookie Drew Lock, leading to more opportunities for McManus, but the Broncos will be tested Sunday in Kansas City. The Chiefs, in Week 7, kept McManus to the only scoreless game of his career.

December 9, 2019 4:01 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Nails game winner

McManus converted both of his point-after attempts and field-goal attempts of 31, 52 and 53 yards during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: You'd have to go back to Week 1 of 2018 for the last time McManus converted multiple kicks beyond 50 yards. McManus had a streak of seven-straight misses from that distance dating back to 2018, but now has converted three straight. He said after the game that he felt as though he exorcized some bad feelings after missing a key kick in Week 11 against Minnesota. A more confident McManus takes on a Houston team that has surrendered 18 opponent field goals this year, 17th in the league.

December 2, 2019 9:02 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Accounts for entire offense

McManus converted a 45-yard field goal during Sunday's 20-3 loss in Buffalo.

Analysis: Thanks to a miserable offensive output, McManus' only attempt of the afternoon was a 45-yard attempt into a stiff wind, which the Temple product converted. Despite attempting just one field goal in three of his last five games, McManus still ranks ninth in the league in field-goal attempts with 23 and is sixth in the league in converted field goals of 40 or more yards with nine. Next up is a matchup against the Chargers, against whom he converted field goals of 46 and 40 yards in Week 5.

November 25, 2019 7:49 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Misses key kick in loss

McManus converted three of four field-goal attempts and a lone extra-point try in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: McManus connected on two kicks from beyond 40 yards and made another 29-yarder, but he pushed a 43-yard attempt wide right late in the fourth quarter. If McManus made that kick, it likely would've afforded the kicker a shot at a potential game-winning field goal on the Broncos' final drive. Instead, down four points, the offense was forced to go for the touchdown, and it was unsuccessful. McManus has nailed every kick under 40 yards this year, but he's misfired on four of 12 tries from beyond.

November 18, 2019 12:55 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Snaps poor luck from 50

McManus converted a point-after attempt and all three of his field-goal attempts from 53, 48, and 31 yards out during Sunday's 16-0 win over the Titans.

Analysis: McManus had previously missed seven consecutive attempts of 50 yards and longer, dating back to Week 1 of the 2018 season. He nailed his 53-yard attempt in the second quarter to put Denver up 6-0. With that monkey off his back, McManus has a fair amount of value given his consistency from inside 50 yards. The Temple product is seventh in the league with 12 field goals this season, five of them from 40 yards out or further.

October 14, 2019 8:07 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Hits two field goals, two PATs

McManus converted field goals of 40- and 46-yards and two point-after attempts during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Chargers. He missed a 54-yard attempt during the contest.

Analysis: McManus has now converted 30 consecutive field-goal tries from inside 50 yards, a streak that dates back to Week 15 of the 2017 season. That sort of consistency, paired with his just recently snapped streak of 90 consecutive point-after attempts, provides the kind of reliability kickers seldom offer. McManus is not, however, your guy for the big-point kicks. Despite a powerful leg, he has now missed seven consecutive tries from 50 yards and out, last converting such a kick in Week 1 of last season.

October 7, 2019 4:20 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Picks up six points

McManus converted all three of his point-after attempts and a 33-yard field goal during Sunday's 26-24 loss to Jacksonville.

Analysis: McManus put aside some concern that he had a case of the yips after back-to-back weeks with shanked PAT attempts (though one was erased by a defensive offsides call). If all checks out, McManus is pretty darn reliable from inside 50 yards, but fans would be justified in having their concerns given his place on a team that just scored over 20 points for the first time since early December and is going up against a tough Chargers team in Week 5.

September 30, 2019 6:23 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Shanks PAT

McManus hit a 30-yard field goal and converted just one of two point-after attempts during Sunday's 27-16 loss in Green Bay.

Analysis: The missed PAT broke a league-best 90-straight conversions for the veteran kicker. Typically automatic inside 50 yards, some concern that the Temple product has a small case of the yips might be warranted after he missed a PAT last week against Chicago, but was rescued by a penalty. He returns to the friendly confines of Mile High in Week 4 against the Jaguars.

September 23, 2019 3:58 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Connects on two attempts

McManus hit field goals of 43 and 32 yards during Sunday's 16-14 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: McManus almost nixed Denver's comeback attempt with a missed PAT that was called back for offsides. McManus remains fairly automatic inside of 50 yards, and -- though probably not ideal for Broncos fans -- continues to benefit from being on a team that consistently puts together drives, but struggles once entering opponents' territory.

September 16, 2019 3:59 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Solid in opener

McManus converted his lone extra-point try and three of his four field-goal attempts in Monday's 24-16 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: The only miss for McManus happened when he tried to make a 64-yarder in the waning seconds of the first half. All three of the six-year-pro's successful field goals came from under 40 yards out, including two from under 30 yards away.

September 10, 2019 10:58 AM EST

Brandon McManus: Lone kicker on roster

Following the release of Taylor Bertolet, McManus is now the only placekicker on the Broncos' roster.

Analysis: McManus has held Denver's kicking job since the 2014 season, so it's not especially surprising to see the team part ways with Bertolet. McManus has a strong leg that theoretically gets a boost from altitude at home, but his 2019 fantasy prospects are largely tied to how well the team's offense clicks with Joe Flacco now at quarterback. McManus made 20 of 25 field-goal attempts last season, while converting all 35 of his extra point tries, en route to recording 95 points, which ranked him 20th among NFL kickers in 2018.

July 23, 2019 1:24 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Facing competition

McManus is facing competition from fellow placekicker Taylor Bertolet during minicamp, FoxSports.com reports.

Analysis: McManus was drafted by the Broncos in 2014 and is entering his sixth season with the team. He made just 20-of-25 field goal attempts last season, but converted all 35 of his extra-points. This is likely a case of Denver looking to make sure the 27-year-old does not get complacent, as head coach Vic Fangio stated Bertolet, "would have to knock him out like in a heavyweight battle" in order to win the job.

June 18, 2019 4:03 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Improves in 2018

McManus ended 2018 having connected on 20 of 25 field goals, with a long of 53, and converting all 35 of his point-after attempts.

Analysis: McManus struggled mightily in 2017, missing from all over the field. His conversion percentage improved only slightly in 2018 -- ranking 26th in the league at 80% -- but he was a perfect 18 for 18 inside 50 yards. It was from the outer limits where he struggled, connecting on just two of seven field goals of 50 yards or longer. Most notably, he missed field goals of 62 yards and 51 yards at the end of both halves against Houston. The Temple product still managed to nail game-winners against the Raiders and Chargers and was one of only three kickers to convert all of his point-after attempts. His opportunities faded down the stretch along with a dinged-up Denver offense, with just two multi-attempt games in the final seven contests of the season. He figures to improve to the extent Denver's offense improves in 2019.

January 6, 2019 7:02 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Meager output in Week 16 loss

McManus missed a 58-yard field goal attempt as time expired in the first half and drilled two extra-point tries in the Broncos' 27-14 loss to the Raiders on Monday.

Analysis: McManus was brought on for the Hail Mary field-goal attempt after Case Keenum connected with Courtland Sutton for 20 yards down to the Raiders 40-yard line with four seconds remaining in the first half. However, the kick came up short, and McManus wouldn't get another field-goal opportunity the rest of the night. Despite the miss, McManus' 82.6 percent success rate this season (19-for-23) on field goals represents a nice improvement from the 75.0 percent figure he generated in 2017, and his only misses have all come from beyond 50 yards. He'll look to finish the campaign on a strong note versus the Chargers in Week 17.

December 24, 2018 11:07 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Notches 10 points

McManus made all three of his field-goal attempts as well as his lone extra-point try in Saturday night's 17-16 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: McManus converted from 44, 42 and 29 yards on his respective field goals, helping him hit double figures in points for the first time since Week 4.

December 18, 2018 6:14 PM EST

Brandon McManus: Opportunities limited

McManus did not attempt a field goal but made both his extra-point tries in Sunday's 20-14 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: McManus' mere two points tied his season low, but considering he boasts just 80 points through 13 games, his output has been relatively limited compared to his peers league-wide over the whole of this season.

December 11, 2018 4:14 PM EST

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