McManus converted 28 of 34 field goals and 24 of 27 point-after attempts in 2020. McManus was handed a big contract early in the season and delivered mixed results. One one hand, he led the league with 10 field goals of 50 or more yards. On the other, his field-goal conversion rate was just above his career average and he missed as many point-after attempts in 2020 as he had in his entire career heading into the season. Six of McManus's nine total misses on the year came in the final three games of the season, including two near-impossibly long misses in Week 17 versus Oakland, so his issues are likely not overarching. He remains one of the league's biggest legs.
McManus converted field goals of of 22, 26, and 37 yards during Sunday's loss to Las Vegas while also making both of his point-after attempts. He missed a field-goal attempt of 56 yards and had attempts of 63 and 70 yards blocked. The Broncos really tested McManus' leg Sunday, with his attempts from 70 and 63 yards coming at the end of both halves, respectively. Though he ended the season on a bit of a cold streak, going 7-for-12 on field-goal attempts during the final quarter of the year, he still managed to finish ninth in the league with 28 total field goals and first in the league with 10 field goals of 50 or more yards.
McManus converted an extra point and field goals of 30, 50 and 52 yards during Sunday's 19-16 loss at the Chargers. McManus' leg from 50-plus yards kept the Broncos in the game Sunday, but it was his uncharacteristic miss earlier that contributed to the Broncos' loss. McManus shanked a 42-yard attempt early in the second quarter, and, after the play was called back for a defensive offsides, McManus hit the upright on the 37-yard retry. It was McManus' first miss from inside 40 yards since Week 5 of the 2017 season. He'll look to start a new streak Sunday against Las Vegas, against which McManus converted an extra point and field goals of 50 and 33 yards in Week 10.
McManus will be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday and rejoin the Broncos for practice, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. McManus was placed on the list Dec. 14 after being deemed a close contact of an individual infected by COVID-19. Though he continued to test negative for the virus in the days that followed, the timing of McManus' placement on the list left him unavailable for Saturday's 48-19 loss to the Bills. Now that he's been reinstated to the roster, McManus will settle back in as the Broncos' kicker in place of Taylor Russolino, who moved back to the practice squad following the Week 15 loss.
McManus, who remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list, won't be available for Saturday's game against the Bills, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports. Though McManus continues to test negative for the virus after landing on the list Monday due to being a close contact of an infected individual, he won't be eligible to return to the 53-man roster until Sunday. As a result, McManus will have to sit out for the first time this season, forcing the team to summon Taylor Russolino from the practice squad to handle Week 15 kicking duties.
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