As Pat McAfee and many others have said, kickers are people too, and they are.
Brandon McManus should be the Denver Broncos kicker for a long time. After losing his job in 2014, McManus came back in 2015, shortened his kick approach and beat out fan favorite Connor Barth for the kicking job. Brandon converted 85% of his field goals, a huge improvement from the 69% he hit in 2014 and all but one of his extra point attempts. McManus also has a monster leg, converting 70% of his kickoffs into touchbacks and converting 5 of his 7 kicks from 50+ yards.
Britton Colquitt saved himself from losing his job last off season by taking a pay cut, but I’m not so sure he can do that once again this off season. Colquitt struggled again this past season although he did have his best game of the year in the Super Bowl as field position did play a factor in the win. Notwithstanding, Denver will look to upgrade this position while also freeing precious cap space.
Denver cut LS Aaron Brewer, a move that surprised many. Brewer was cut due to his off field conduct, there is not much else there. His replacement will likely be an undrafted free agent.
With Omar Bolden's future in Denver uncertain, the Broncos have question marks at both return positions. With Jordan Norwood resigning, it would be assumed he would be the primary punt returner. One player who may profile as the teams kick returner is receiver Jordan "Sunshine" Taylor who the Broncos believe could fill the role.
Special teams do matter, David Bruton leaving via free agency does leave a vacancy and leadership void, but Kayvon Webster excelled as a special teamer in 2015 and will help fill the void. Denver will continue to prove in this phase of the game.
Note: Khalid and Erick Trickel collaborated on this series. You can find Erick on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco.
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