Brandon McManus
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McManus with the Denver Broncos in 2017
No. 10 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1991-07-25) July 25, 1991 (age 32)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:North Penn
(Towamencin Township, Pennsylvania)
College:Temple (2009–2012)
Undrafted:2013
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl champion (50)
  • Temple Owls record for most career points (338) [1]
Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2023
Field goal made:253
Field goal attempted:311
Field goal %:81.4
Longest field goal:61
Touchbacks:545
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Brandon Tyler McManus (born July 25, 1991) is an American football placekicker for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He was a member of the Denver Broncos and their Super Bowl 50 championship team. 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]

College career

McManus holds the Temple career records for points scored (338), field goals made (60), field goals attempted (83), and punting average (45.3).[3][4] 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.[5]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Bench press
6 ft 3+12 in
(1.92 m)
201 lb
(91 kg)
31+18 in
(0.79 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.80 s 1.65 s 2.73 s 4.63 s 6.82 s 27.5 in
(0.70 m)
8 reps
All values from Pro Day[6]

Indianapolis Colts

After going undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, McManus signed with the Indianapolis Colts on April 28, 2013. On August 25, McManus was waived prior to the start of the season by Indianapolis.[7]

New York Giants

On January 2, 2014, McManus signed a reserve/futures contract with the New York Giants.[8] He played in 4 preseason games for the team prior to being traded to Denver.

Denver Broncos

On August 26, 2014, the Giants traded McManus 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.[9] McManus was waived by the Broncos on November 11, 2014, after the team decided to sign free agent Connor Barth as his replacement.[10] He was quickly re-signed by the Broncos after clearing waivers and spent the rest of the season as the team's kickoff specialist.[11] In 11 games with the Broncos as the primary placekicker, McManus converted all 41 extra point attempts and nine of 13 field goal attempts.[12]

McManus in 2015

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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October.[16] He finished the 2015 season converting 35 of 36 extra point attempts and 30 of 35 field goal attempts.[17] 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 Pittsburgh Steelers season at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.[18] After defeating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship, McManus and the Broncos advanced to the Super Bowl.[19] 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.[20] His ten post-season field goals that year was also a Broncos franchise record.[21]

In the 2016 season, McManus converted 32 of 33 extra point attempts and 29 of 34 field goal attempts.[22]

On March 7, 2017, the Broncos placed a second round restricted free agent tender on McManus.[23] On September 11, 2017, McManus signed a three-year contract extension with the Broncos.[24] In the 2017 season, McManus converted all 27 extra point attempts and 24 of 32 field goal attempts.[25]

In the 2018 season, McManus converted all 35 extra point attempts and 20 of 25 field goal attempts.[26] In the 2019 season, McManus converted 25 of 26 extra point attempts and 29 of 34 field goal attempts.[27]

On September 11, 2020, McManus signed a four-year, $17.2 million contract extension with the Broncos through the 2024 season.[28] In Week 4 against the New York Jets, McManus hit a 53-yard field goal that stood as the game-winner in the 37–28 win, earning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[29] In Week 6 against the Patriots, McManus scored all 18 of his team's points, converting 6 field goals during the 18–12 win. McManus was named the AFC Special Teams of the Week for his performance in Week 6.[30] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on December 14, 2020,[31] and activated on December 23.[32] In the 2020 NFL season, McManus converted 24 of 27 extra point attempts and 28 of 34 field goal attempts.[33]

In Week 14 of the 2021 season, McManus converted all five extra points and a 52-yard field goal in a 38–10 win over the Detroit Lions, earning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[34] In Week 17, McManus kicked a career-long 61-yard field goal against the Los Angeles Chargers at the end of the first half. [35] In the 2021 season, McManus converted 33 of 34 extra point attempts and 26 of 31 field goal attempts.[36]

In the 2022 season, McManus converted 25 of 27 extra point attempts and 28 of 36 field goal attempts.[37]

On May 23, 2023, McManus was released by the Broncos and designated as a post-June 1 cut. At the time of his release, he was the last remaining member of the Super Bowl 50 winning team still with the team.[38]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On May 25, 2023, McManus signed a one-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.[39]

In Week 4 of the 2023 season, McManus went a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals against the Atlanta Falcons in London and was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts.[40]

After going 12-for-12 on field goals in the month of October, McManus was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month.[41]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Won the Super Bowl
Bold Career high
General Field goals PATs Kickoffs Points
Season Team GP FGM FGA FG% Blck Long XPM XPA XP% KO Avg TBs Pts
2014 DEN 15 9 13 69.2 0 44 41 41 100.0 91 65.7 64 68
2015 DEN 16 30 35 85.7 0 57 35 36 97.2 81 62.3 55 125
2016 DEN 16 29 34 85.3 0 55 32 33 97.0 79 61.6 51 119
2017 DEN 16 24 32 75.0 2 53 27 27 100.0 71 59.0 45 99
2018 DEN 16 20 25 80.0 0 53 35 35 100.0 73 61.3 42 95
2019 DEN 16 29 34 85.3 0 53 25 26 96.2 72 64.4 55 112
2020 DEN 15 28 34 82.4 2 58 24 27 88.9 73 61.9 54 108
2021 DEN 17 26 31 83.9 1 61 33 34 97.1 78 63.8 62 111
2022 DEN 17 28 36 77.8 2 55 25 27 92.6 73 62.7 51 109
2023 JAX 14 24 30 80 1 56 31 31 100.0 72 63.6 54 103
Total 158 247 304 81.2 8 61 308 317 97.2 763 62.7 533 1049

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