With just a few weeks to go before the New York Giants report to East Rutherford for training camp, Big Blue View continues its look at the 90-man roster that will take the field with. Today, let's get to know Giants' kicker Brandon McManus.
2013 Season In Review
McManus spent training camp last year with the Indianapolis Colts after going undrafted out of Temple. With the Owls, McManus set the school record for points scored (338), field goals made (60), field goals attempted (83) and punting average (45.4). In 2012, he earned the "College Football Performance Awards Specialist Trophy," given to the nation's best overall kicker.
While Adam Vinatieri beat out McManus for a spot on the Colts final 53-man roster, he did give the veteran a run for his money.
2014 Season Outlook
Viewed initially as simply a leg to relieve Josh Brown, McManus didn't have much hype when he signed with the Giants on Jan. 4. But according to special teams coordinator Tom Quinn, McManus is going to be given an opportunity to earn the job. Talking to reporters for the first time this offseason,
"I think everything is a competition. I really like McManus, I liked him coming out. He went to Indy for last training camp and preseason and I thought he was really a good kicker coming out of Temple," Quinn said. "He's kicked in the northeast at a high level, he did all three, so I think he's got a real big upside once it all starts clicking for him."