by Aaron Wilson
August 26, 02014
The Denver Broncos acquired kicker Brandon McManus from the New York Giants in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015.
The Broncos needed a kicker since Matt Prater is about to serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.
The Broncos waived rookie kicker Mitch Ewald.
McManus is a first-year player who connected on both field goal attempts (46, 47) and recorded touchbacks on 10-of-11 kickoffs for the Giants this preseason.
He spent the 2013 preseason with Indianapolis after being signed by the club as a college free agent from Temple. He converted his only field goal attemp with the Colts—a 50-yarder against the Giants.
McManus finished his collegiate career as Temple’s career leader in points scored (338), field goals made (60) and attempted (83) and punting average (45.4). He was the recipient of the 2012 College Football Performance Awards Specialist Trophy as the nation’s best overall kicker.
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A four-year letterman as a kicker and punter at North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pa., McManus was born on July 25, 1991.