The New York Giants were said to be impressed with the leg of kicker Brandon McManus during training camp, but not impressed enough to waste a roster spot on him.
Given that, McManus was expected to be given his walking papers however a last minute phone call from the Denver Broncos changed all of that. Not wanting to deal with the waiver wire process after the Giants were to release the kicker, the Denver Broncos acquired Brandon McManus in exchange for a 7th round pick.
As you may recall, the Denver Broncos will be without their star kicker Matt Prater for the first four games of the 2014 season after a violation of league rules, thus Brandon McManus is expected to come in and replace him for the time being.
Broncos trade for K Brandon McManus, who was going to be waived by the Giants.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 26, 2014
It’s a perfect situation for a kicker like McManus who is attempting to make a name in the league as there’s no better place to kick in the NFL than in the Mile High City. Add in that three of the first four games he’ll be filling in are played in Denver and McManus couldn’t have asked for a better scenario to unfold.
Of course, what’s to come for the kicker once Matt Prater returns is not known though if he performs well, he’ll certainly be on the radar of teams in need if he does get the boot out of Denver.
He reportedly drilled a 75-yard field goal during practice with the New York Giants.