A year removed from arguably his best season as a professional kicker, Josh Brown suddenly finds himself in a heated competition for the New York Giants' kicking job. It's the first time in his NFL career he's truly had to beat someone else out for the starting job, but not something he's taken to heart. The 12-year NFL veteran understands it's a business and for the Giants, it's all about putting the best pieces together in an effort to return to the Super Bowl.
"Every year you’re looking to be in what puts you in the best place to win the Super Bowl so it’s my job to make them feel as if they made the correct choice in signing me to a two-year deal," Brown said on Sunday. "A lot of people have asked me, ‘You have just had the best year of your career, how does that make you feel?’ It doesn’t change the business aspect of this sport so I hope that what I’m doing and what I did last year and also the other attributes that I bring with experience and wisdom, that those things will also weigh in my way."
Despite his understanding of the business side of the NFL, Brown admits the competition is a bit personal. Not necessarily in an aggressively negative way, but the real-life implications of the competition absolutely make it hit home.
"There’s no Tonya Hardings going on out here. It is being cordial but there is an understanding that you’re trying to take something and I have three kids you’re trying to take it from, too. That’s personal," Brown said of Brandon McManus. "But that’s not his fault he’s here. He’s good and they chose to bring him in. It’s up to me to be efficient and apply the pressure to him personally."
For McManus, he sees things the same way, but from the other end of the spectrum. He understands he's been brought in not necessarily as a decoy, but to legitimately push for the starting job. And although that does make things a bit personal, he feels he and Brown have developed a good relationship on and off the field, and have a silent understanding between themselves.
"We're definitely friends on and off the field," McManus. "I think he can relate because when he came into the league he had to beat someone out. But we haven't had any issues and that's a testament to his character and who he is [as a person]."
Thus far throughout camp, both kickers have looked promising on field goals and kickoffs. However, McManus has yet to miss a single attempt from any range and also admitted on Sunday that prior to training camp, he was putting them through from 70 and 75 yards. It's something that may currently have him out ahead of Brown, but there is still a long way to go, including all five preseason games.
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