Denver Broncos complete kicking competition at training camp

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 17: Kicker Brandon McManus
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 17: Kicker Brandon McManus /

The Denver Broncos have completed their place kicker competition on Tuesday when the team decided that Brandon McManus will remain the guy in 2019.

As the Denver Broncos prepare to start up the punting competition between Colby Wadman and Justin Vogel, the place kicking competition has come to an end. And to no one’s surprise, Brandon McManus has come out on top.

When the Broncos signed Vogel to the roster, the team needed to make room. In that corresponding move, the Broncos have parted ways with place kicker Taylor Bertolet. Based on that, Brandon McManus has won the starting job for the Denver Broncos as he enters his sixth season with the team.

This competition has come as no surprise, but it is always important to bring out the best in your players with some competition. Special teams players do not see that as much, so it is key to keep them on their toes.

Perhaps Brandon McManus stole the show (and the job) when he recorded that pick six in practice on Sunday. (Video via Ryan Greene of CBS 4)

Whether it was his kicking or his defensive skills, it is clear that Brandon McManus is the kicker for the job. Ever since his horrendous 2014 campaign, he has come back even stronger. While there are times he will struggle, it has not been hitting field goals off the cross bar or missing chip shot field goals bad.

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However, just because the kicking competition is over does not mean that Brandon McManus should coast through training camp and the preseason. Special teams players can face competition at any time.

But I expect McManus to be able to provide a strong showing once he sees the football field on Sunday’s. The hope is that he can get back to that 85% average on field goals that he was able to provide for the Denver Broncos during his 2015 and 2016 campaign’s.

Keep it up Brandon McManus. Hopefully his strong leg leads to a few wins in 2019.