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Brandon Tyler McManus (born July 25, 1991) is an American football placekicker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He was a member of their Super Bowl 50 championship team, beating the Carolina Panthers. He played college football at Temple and was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2013. McManus has also been a member of the New York Giants.[2]

Brandon McManus
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McManus with the Denver Broncos in 2015
No. 8 – Denver Broncos
Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1991-07-25) July 25, 1991 (age 26)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Towamencin Township (PA) North Penn
College: Temple
Undrafted: 2013
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2017
FG Made: 75
FG attempted: 92
FG %: 81.5%
Longest FG: 57
Touchbacks: 186
Player stats at NFL.com

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College careerEdit

McManus holds the Temple career records for points scored (338), field goals made (60), field goals attempted (83), and punting average (45.3). As a senior in 2012, he earned All-Big East first-team honors after leading the team in scoring (74) on 14-of-17 field goals and 32-of-33 extra points. He averaged 45.1 yards per punt, pinned 17 punts inside the 20-yard line and had a long kick of 68 yards. McManus handled kickoff duties as well and recorded 40 touchbacks on 56 total kickoffs.[3]

Professional careerEdit

After going undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, McManus signed with the Indianapolis Colts before being waived prior to the start of the season. In 2014, he played four preseason games for the New York Giants before being traded to the Denver Broncos to cover for the loss of the Broncos' starting kicker Matt Prater, who began the 2014 NFL season serving a four-game suspension. He became their starting kicker following the release of Prater on October 3, 2014.[4] McManus was waived by the Broncos on November 11, 2014 after the team decided to sign free agent Connor Barth as his replacement.[5] He was quickly re-signed by the Broncos after clearing waivers and spent the rest of the season as the team's kickoff specialist.

 
McManus in 2017

Going into the 2015 season, the Broncos brought both Barth and McManus to training camp. McManus won the job, proving more consistent than he had been in 2014, and the Broncos cut Barth. On September 13, 2015, he became the third kicker in NFL history to make multiple field goals of 56 or more yards in the same game, joining Sebastian Janikowski and Greg Zuerlein, who both achieved the feat in the 2012 season.[6] On October 18, McManus made the game winning overtime field goal to propel the Broncos to a 26–23 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns. In the Divisional Round of the playoffs, McManus tied an NFL-postseason record by making five field goals in a 23–16 victory over the Steelers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. After defeating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship, McManus and the Broncos advanced to the Super Bowl.[7] In Super Bowl 50, he played a crucial role by making three field goals on three attempts and an extra point in the 24–10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.[8] His 10 post-season field goals that year was also a Broncos franchise record.

On March 7, 2017, the Broncos placed a second round restricted free agent tender on McManus.[9] On September 11, 2017, McManus signed a three-year contract extension with the Broncos.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "North Penn grad Brandon McManus finishes record-breaking Temple career", thereporteronline.com, November 28, 2011 
  2. ^ "New York Giants trade former Temple kicker Brandon McManus to Denver Broncos, cut 13 players", lehighvalleylive.com, August 26, 2014 
  3. ^ "Brandon McManus, K, Temple". 
  4. ^ "Broncos release Matt Prater before suspension ends". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Broncos waive kicker Brandon McManus, agree to terms with Connor Barth". Denver Post. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Wolfe, Cameron & Jhabvala, Nicki (September 13, 2015). "Broncos' bests/worsts vs. Ravens: Brandon McManus and C.J. Anderson". The Denver Post. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ "AFC Championship - New England Patriots at Denver Broncos - January 24th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-01. 
  8. ^ "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  9. ^ Mason, Andrew (March 7, 2017). "Broncos issue restricted free-agent tenders to Todd Davis, Brandon McManus". DenverBroncos.com. 
  10. ^ "Brandon McManus, Broncos agree on 3-year extension". NFL.com. September 11, 2017. 

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