Brandon McManus looks to improve on field goals from 50-plus yards


Broncos kicker Brandon McManus has been battling a quad issue the past couple of weeks, but he insists the injury hasn’t affected his kicking and won’t be an issue Sunday against the Chiefs.

McManus is 17 of 19 on field goals inside the 50 this year, with both misses being blocks. He is 6 of 11 from beyond 50, including missed game-winning kicks in the waning seconds of Week 1 in Seattle (64-yarder wide left) and last week in Baltimore (a 63-yarder just short).

Denver special teams coordinator Dwayne Stukes said he expects McManus to be fine to kick this weekend, though he left the door open for the possibility that punter Corliss Waitman might handle kickoff duties. McManus didn’t practice Wednesday, was limited Thursday and then full on Friday.

“Some of those kickoffs we wanted as touchbacks last week and it didn’t go that way,” Stukes said. “You know that Brandon is hurting a little bit, but we’re not going to use that as an excuse. He has to perform if he’s out there, and that’s what we expect him to do this weekend.”

McManus said his confidence hasn’t wavered despite his misses with the game on the line. He is still confident in his ability to hit from distance; his career long remains 61 yards, set last season against the Chargers.

“Minus the two blocks, I’m at my goal with no misses under 50 yards,” McManus said. “There was a 53-yarder earlier in the year against San Francisco that I’d like back… and there were two 56-yarders as well. I expect myself to make them. And I want to be 80% from beyond 50, so I need to start making some of those to attain that 80% goal.”


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