Nov 16, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams strong safety Maurice Alexander (31) takes Denver Broncos wide receiver Isaiah Burse (19) during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 22-7. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome back, Brandon McManus.
Hopefully your teammates have a better reception for you than when you returned to the bench after missing a chip-shot field goal against the Miami Dolphins.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post was the first to break the news that the Denver Broncos waived rookie receiver/returner Isaiah Burse and activated McManus to handle kickoff duties.
With how new kicker Connor Barth struggled in Kansas City with kickoffs, it makes sense. And McManus can hammer the ball; especially in Denver. This is nothing new for Barth. When he was with Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers had a kickoff specialist as well.
This is more about Burse struggling with his returns. He improved against the Chiefs but, obviously, not enough to warrant a spot on the 53-man roster.
Now the debate is who will return punts for Denver.
If someone else mentions Andre Caldwell I will lose my mind. Caldwell shouldn’t have a spot on the roster. In fact, he should have been cut a long time ago. He’s worthless and only bad things will happen if he returns punts. As only bad things happen when he’s on the field.
The most logical choice is rookie Cody Latimer since he did it in college at Indiana. The problem is he has a concussion, so that’s out.
Some think it should be Emmanuel Sanders. Won’t happen. It’s not worth the risk with only four games left in the season.
You could go with Wes Welker, but, again, it’s not worth the risk even though he has experience.
That leaves Omar Bolden.
Give him a shot. Along with David Bruton, Bolden only plays special teams and has been good this year.
He’s also handling kickoff duties so it’s a seamless move for the Broncos.
As for two kickers, it’s clear McManus’ specialty is kickoffs and that’s a weapon Denver needs to utilize. Since he’s so young, it also allows him to gain experience and learn.
Let’s just hope his teammates have a better reception for him this time around.