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Brandon McManus

Denver Broncos
Place Kicker #8
Denver Broncos
Place Kicker #8
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Brandon McManus News

Perfect in win

McManus connected on both of his field-goal attempts and all three extra-point attempts in Sunday's 27-13 win against the Giants.

Analysis: McManus converted from 23 yards during the second quarter and 36 yards in the fourth quarter. The 30-year-old was perfect Sunday, and he has a great chance to keep it going next week as the Broncos visit the Jaguars on Sept. 19.

Sep 13, 2021 9:21 AM EST

Hits 10 50+ yarders

McManus converted 28 of 34 field goals and 24 of 27 point-after attempts in 2020.

Analysis: McManus was handed a big contract early in the season and delivered mixed results. One one hand, he led the league with 10 field goals of 50 or more yards.  On the other, his field-goal conversion rate was just above his career average and he missed as many point-after attempts in 2020 as he had in his entire career heading into the season. Six of McManus's nine total misses on the year came in the final three games of the season, including two near-impossibly long misses in Week 17 versus Oakland, so his issues are likely not overarching. He remains one of the league's biggest legs.

Jan 17, 2021 3:10 PM EST

Misses three long kicks

McManus converted field goals of of 22, 26, and 37 yards during Sunday's loss to Las Vegas while also making both of his point-after attempts. He missed a field-goal attempt of 56 yards and had attempts of 63 and 70 yards blocked.

Analysis: The Broncos really tested McManus' leg Sunday, his attempts from 70 and 63 yards coming at the end of both halves, respectively. Though he ended the season on a bit of a cold streak, going seven-for-12 on field-goal attempts during the final quarter of the year, he still managed to finish ninth in the league with 28 total field goals and first in the league with 10 field goals of 50 or more yards.

Jan 4, 2021 4:05 PM EST

Has costly miss

McManus converted an extra point and field goals of 30, 50 and 52 yards during Sunday's 19-16 loss at the Chargers.

Analysis: McManus' leg from 50-plus yards kept the Broncos in the game Sunday, but it was his uncharacteristic miss earlier that contributed to the Broncos' loss. McManus shanked a 42-yard attempt early in the second quarter and, after the play was called back for a defensive off-sides, McManus hit the upright on the 37-yard retry. It was McManus' first miss from inside 40 yards since Week 5 of the 2017 season. He'll look to start a new streak Sunday against Las Vegas, against whom McManus converted an extra point and field goals of 50 and 33 yards in Week 10.

Dec 28, 2020 6:26 PM EST

Back with team

McManus will be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday and will rejoin the Broncos for practice, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: McManus was placed on the list Dec. 14 after being deemed a close contact of an individual infected by COVID-19. Though he continued to test negative for the virus in the days that followed, the timing of McManus' placement on the list left him unavailable for Saturday's 48-19 loss to the Bills. Now that he's been reinstated to the roster, McManus will settle back in as the Broncos' kicker in place of Taylor Russolino, who moved back to the practice squad following the Week 15 loss.

Dec 23, 2020 7:19 AM EST

Won't play Saturday

McManus, who's on the reserve/COVID-19 list as a close contact, won't kick Saturday against the Bills, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Per Zac Stevens of Taylor Russolino has been promoted to the Broncos' active roster to fill in for McManus on Saturday.

Dec 18, 2020 2:05 PM EST

Not expected to kick Saturday

The Broncos are expected to be without McManus (undisclosed) Saturday against the Bills, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: McManus landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list as a close contact, with Palmer noting that if Denver's game was Sunday he'd be able to play. Instead, the Broncos are hosting the Bills on Saturday, with Taylor Russolino expected to handle the team's Week 15 kicking duties.

Dec 17, 2020 10:58 AM EST

Continues to test negative

McManus is isolating at the team hotel after coming into close contact with a non-team affiliated COVID-infected individual, but the kicker continues to test negative for the virus, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: McManus previously stated that he intends to suit up Saturday against the Bills, and his negative tests may give him a chance to do so, though the kicker will need to be officially removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list before he can hope to play. Taylor Russolino is in line to take over Denver's kicking duties should McManus fail to earn clearance before game day.

Dec 16, 2020 11:19 AM EST

Heading to reserve list

McManus will be heading to the reserve-COVID list, per his personal Twitter account.

Analysis: McManus adds that his close-contact with a COVID-infected individual took place outside of Broncos headquarters and that it is his intention to still suit up against the Bills on Saturday. McManus's confidence aside, the news does place his availability in jeopardy given the short week. If he's able to play, he'll be coming off one of the roughest outings of his career in which he missed two of four point-after attempts.

Dec 14, 2020 1:11 PM EST

Converts two of three kicks

McManus made one of two field-goal attempts and his lone PAT during Sunday's 22-16 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: The 29-year-old converted from 53 yards during the first quarter, but he missed wide left on a 57-yard field goal shortly before halftime. It's his first missed field goal since Week 2, which was also a 50-plus yard attempt. McManus is 22-for-24 on field-goal attempts and 19-for-20 on PATs through 12 games this season.

Dec 8, 2020 6:20 PM EST

Back at practice Friday

McManus (personal) returned to practice as expected Friday, Troy Renck of ABC Denver7 reports.

Analysis: McManus missed Thursday's practice with an excused personal absence but was back in the fold Friday. He should be all systems go for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Dec 4, 2020 12:13 PM EST

Away from team

McManus was away from the team Thursday with an excused absence for personal reasons, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: As Kils points out, McManus is expected to rejoin the Friday ahead of it's game Sunday against the Chiefs, so the kicker isn't in jeopardy of missing action. McManus connected on a career-long 58-yard field goal in last Sunday's loss to New Orleans, and with Drew Lock officially activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list, he could have more opportunities to score points in Week 13.

Dec 3, 2020 3:50 PM EST

Sets career long

McManus converted his lone field-goal attempt, a 58-yarder, during Sunday's 31-3 loss to New Orleans.

Analysis: The Broncos took a five-yard loss on third down midway through the third quarter on Sunday, pushing a tough field-goal try back even further. McManus nailed it with room to spare, breaking his previous career long of 57 yards set back in 2015 and keeping alive Denver's streak of never being shut out at home. Sunday was obviously a unique situation with an undrafted rookie wide receiver forced to play quarterback. Expect a few more opportunities for McManus Sunday night with Drew Lock back in the fold. In Week 7 against Kansas City, McManus converted a 43-yard field goal and one of two point-after attempts, just his second point-after miss since Week 3 of the 2016 season.

Dec 1, 2020 4:30 PM EST

Makes all four kicks

McManus made both of his field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 20-13 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: McManus' pair of field goals both came in the second quarter, from 29 and 47 yards. The veteran has been tremendously consistent this season, and now sports 78 points through 10 games.

Nov 24, 2020 11:56 AM EST

Makes both kicks

McManus made both of his field-goal tries but did not attempt an extra point in Sunday's 37-12 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: McManus converted from 50 and 33 yards on his respective kicks, improving his already-awesome record so far this season. Through nine games, the veteran has missed merely two of 36 total attempts, netting 70 points in the process.

Nov 17, 2020 5:30 PM EST

Notches nine points

McManus made both of his field-goal attempts as well as all three of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 34-27 loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: McManus converted from 43 and 41 yards on his two field goals, which helped bring his season tally to 64 points through eight games.

Nov 10, 2020 5:34 PM EST

Puts up seven points

McManus made his lone field-goal attempt and all four extra-point attempts during Sunday's 31-30 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: The 29-year-old converted a 35-yard field goal during the first quarter and was successful on all the PATs for Denver's four second-half touchdowns, including the game-winning PAT with time expired. McManus made six field goals Week 6 but has only two attempts over the past two games, but it's an attractive matchup against the Atlanta defense this weekend.

Nov 2, 2020 12:57 PM EST

Misses in snow

McManus made his only field-goal attempt but missed one of his two extra-point tries in Sunday's 43-16 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: McManus was faced with snowy conditions, somewhat excusing his missed PAT, which was also his first this season. Through six games, McManus now sports 48 points.

Oct 27, 2020 5:17 PM EST

Nails six field goals

McManus converted field goals of 45, 44, 27, 52, 20, and 54 yards during Sunday's 18-12 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Kudos to you if you started McManus Sunday as the Temple product set a franchise record with six field goals while serving as the entirety of the Broncos' scoring offense. He's converted 11 consecutive field goals including five from 50 yards or further. He's tied for the league lead with nine conversions from 40 yards out out.

Oct 19, 2020 8:05 PM EST

Accounts for 13 points

McManus converted field goals for 40, 54, and 53 yards during Thursday's 37-28 win over the Jets. He added four point-after conversions.

Analysis: First-time starter Brett Rypien didn't do McManus many favors in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. With the Broncos down by one, Rypien took a 10-yard grounding penalty on third down, forcing McManus to try from 53-yards out. He nailed it for his second field goal of 50 or more yards of the quarter. The Temple product is on pace to tie his career-best field-goal percentage for a season (85.7% in 2015) and shatter his career mark for conversion of 40 yards or more (14 in 2018).

Oct 2, 2020 3:20 PM EST

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