As teams face inaccurate and injured kickers in the NFL, Broncos’ Brandon McManus is enjoying one of the best starts of his career.
McManus hasn’t missed any field goals or extra point attempts in five games for the third time in his career (2015 and 2018). He’s 11 of 11 on field goals and 9 of 9 on extra points.
“Obviously it’s always good to start the year off right (when) the weather is pretty good across the country,” he said ahead of practice Thursday. “Just (try) to get into a good grove and be consistent.”
McManus’ baskets were 23, 36, 32, 46, 40, 45, 47, 21, 36, 39 and 29 yards. Even with two home games at altitude, he didn’t attempt a kick of at least 50 yards.
“We let a couple pass for the fourth goal,” he said. “I think last year was a bit of an anomaly with (16) attempts (of at least 50 yards), but I’m excited to go out and do a few this week or in the coming weeks. . “
New caller to play. Greg Olson takes over from Las Vegas after coach Jon Gruden resigned Monday night.
“Their offense, I’m sure, won’t change what they’re doing as much as they do,” said Broncos Vic Fangio. “Obviously, the new game caller might be focusing on other things that he might not have used as much or studied. … It will be the same offense, but the way it is called and used will be different. “
Injury report. Running back Melvin Gordon (lower leg) and safety back Kareem Jackson (back) returned to practice Thursday with limited ability.
Cornerback Mike Ford (knee) was the only Broncos player not to practice.
Outside linebacker Aaron Patrick (ankle) was added to the injury report and was limited.
Focus on better starts. Fangio said that starting games faster is a state of mind rather than something that can be simulated in practice.
“Sometimes what seems like a slow start is sometimes someone gets beaten deeply, someone misses a block, someone drops a pass or maybe a bad throw,” he said. he declared. “All of a sudden it’s a slow start and everyone thinks it’s a slow start because you’re not ready, you’re not in the game, your mind isn’t fine. Sometimes that’s it. Sometimes your mind isn’t fair. … There are all kinds of things that go into that and I hope we can rectify that.