After being released by the Denver Broncos after nine years, the kicker has a new home for next season
Two days after being released by the Denver Broncos, kicker Brandon McManus is signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The franchise, on the other hand, is releasing their current kicker, Riley Patterson, to make room on the 90-man preseason roster.
McManus, 31, ended his passage with the Denver Broncos as the franchise’s second-leading scorer, with 946 points. He also holds the franchise record for most 50+ successful field goals, with 42 kicks converted in 74 attempts from that range. Now he is coming to Jacksonville to be the reliable kicker they have missed since Josh Lambo left the team.
Riley Patterson last season was not one of the best kickers in the league. He converted 30 of 35 field goals and 36 of 37 extra points. He doesn’t have, however, a powerful leg as only three of those 35 attempts were from more than 50 yards. McManus on the other hand will have now to prove himself playing out of Denver’s mile-high altitude.
The kicker was the last player from the Broncos roster who had been part of the Super Bowl 50 champions team. On that opportunity, when Denver beat the Panthers by 24-10, McManus connected three field goals (34, 33 and 30 yards) and one extra point. This was the last game of the Broncos in the postseason. Can they make another appearance this year?
As mentioned, the kicker entered the NFL in 2013 as an undrafted free agent. After struggling in the practice squad for two offseasons, he finally debuted for the Denver Broncos in 2014. During his nine seasons with the Broncos, he played 112 games, and kicked his longest field goal in 2021, for 61 yards. Besides winning the Super Bowl 50, these are his stats in the league from all ranges:
Extra Points – 277/286 (96.8%)
- 1-19 yards – He never kicked a field goal from this range.
- 20-29 yards – 62/66 (93.9%)
- 30-39 yards – 60/65 (92.3%)
- 40-49 yards – 61/71 (85.9%)
- 50+ yards – 40/72 (55.5%)