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Josh Brown Has Won Giants Kicking Competition, Brandon McManus to Be Waived: Report

August 26th, 2014 at 8:00 AM
By Dan Benton

The first cutdown day for the New York Giants has officially arrived, and by the end of business on Tuesday, Big Blue will have had to trim their roster to 75 players. And the very first player on the chopping block is kicker Brandon McManus, who has reportedly lost the kicking competition to veteran Josh Brown.

McManus was originally signed to a Reserve/Futures contract in early January, but his big leg really opened eyes and earned him a legitimate chance to win the starting job. And after an exceptionally impressive training camp where he missed all but on field goal, McManus actually appeared to be out ahead of the savvy veteran.

As recently as last Friday, prior to taking on the New York Jets, McManus was showing off just how powerful his leg was, booting 70-yard field goals during warmups. He even nearly connected from 75-yards out, but was a bit wide.

Despite playing well, the Giants apparently opted to go with experience and now will now move forward with Josh Brown, who had a career-best season in 2013.

With McManus now subject to waiver rules, there's a very strong likelihood he'll be claimed by a kicker-hungry team like the Philadelphia Eagles. Of course, that's not exactly what the Giants will want to see, but there's just no way they could have justified carrying two kicker. And had they released Brown instead, the situation would have likely been exactly the same.


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16 Responses to “Josh Brown Has Won Giants Kicking Competition, Brandon McManus to Be Waived: Report”

  1.  Krow says:

    Josh has been kicking well, and I’m happy with him as our kicker. But it would be nice to occasionally be the team with the bright, young player.

    •  James Stoll says:

      really don’t like this decision

      •  Hanshi says:

        Hanshi says:
        August 26, 2014 at 7:54 AM
        McManus will be waived in favor of Josh Brown.

        James Stoll says:
        August 26, 2014 at 8:02 AM
        really unhappy about this
        Brown has no range beyond the 45 and can’t consistently give us touchbacks, especially as the season progresses
        this offense will likely need the option of the 50+ yard FG to score points
        MCManus may not be as accurate, but from what I’ve seen he’s close enough

        to me, keeping Brown over McManus is akin to keeping JJ over CW

        I hate Coughlin

        Hanshi says:
        August 26, 2014 at 8:47 AM
        I think they were pretty close with McManus having the distance and Brown being more accurate. I would’ve gone with the youth and had him on the team for a long time.


        •  Hanshi says:

          But I have to agree with Krow, Brown is fine but, once in a while go with the bright young player.

        •  rlhjr says:

          I was leaning toward McManus simply because he has a leg like a howitzer.
          No doubt his accuracy will improve if allowed to kick more. Chip Kelly will figure this out.
          Experience is one thing, but in December, you don’t want the other team returning kickoffs and you want a chance to score from 55 yards out.
          Coughlin most likely has flash backs about the last young kicker (punter, but young is the operative term) he decided to give a shot. You do remember Dodge?

          Still, it almost a sure bet that Tom will opt to keep Jernigan over one of the four youngsters who have impressed over the course of the preseason. So why? Because they don’t want to invest in teaching the youngsters what Jernigan may have already learned? Your guess is as good as mine.

          This underscores a general issue with this coaching staff. They don’t project talent very well and seem to favor experience over youth and talent. One day we’ll get lucky and they will be replaced by coaches who can see the potential in young players. And a head coach not so stuck in his ways that he is blind to change.

          It’s not that these coaches don’t know their X’s & O’s. They (under Coughlin’s influence) just don’t give youngsters a chance unless catastrophic injury issues force then into playing kids. Coughlin did well in his tenure here. But he needs to be encouraged to ride off into the sun set. Because when all is said and done teams in this league thrive on a mixture of experience and youth. But youth in the end must prevail. The Giants have several veteran players whom they would be insane to let go. They are Role, DeOssie, Eli and perhaps Jenkins.

          Beason and McClain fall into that catagoey and should be grooming their eventual replacements. Because they will one day be too expensive to keep over a younger more athletic player. Now they are smart, and still play the game at an acceptable level given their age. They also man key positions.

          Those mentioned above could be enumerated routinely by Captain Obvious.

          But when mentioning younger and more athletic, you have to see the Giants weakness in identifying and selecting that type of player. They seem to understand defensive linemen and at one time were good at selecting defensive backs and linebackers. The also knew how to find good to above average offensive linemen in or after after the second round of the draft. But that knack vanished when George Young left. It also vanished when Reese is content to look for top talent in rounds 5 through 7.

          It seems like the Giants only make good picks when they pick based on need.
          Yet they revel in the perception that they take best player available.
          That is why they are scrambling to come up with an offensive line, linebackers and tight ends. Those are positions of need that they ignored in favor of BPA.
          When you have the opportunity to get a player in an area of decline or lack of talent, you freaking do it.

          You will find the occasional diamond in the rough. However, in general you can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear. The race doesn’t always go to the swiftest or the fight to the strongest………..BUT THATS THE WAY YOU BET.
          That’s also how you draft football players and build your team.

  2.  turkish says:

    At least that leaves room for 4 TEs that ….. STINK.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    It’s really hard not to get discouraged by all the reports coming out of camp by now. Our offensive coordinator has “had it” with the inability of the receivers to get the system right. Our franchise quarterback just keeps making excuses for the failures and saying it will come (Look, I agree that it wasn’t going to be only a month before the team started “getting it”, and have said that if they are in sync by November we should consider it a success, but I’m sick of Eli showing absolutely no fire and anger at the lack of production around him). The coaches stick an All Pro right guard on the left side (and who knows if his use of a different anchor leg caused the toe injury?). Injuries start to hurt. Will Hill figuratively shoots himself in the foot. No one “wins” the tight end competition, by which they mean they all lost.

    But here’s the thing. The season is long. We have some talented players and we have a quarterback who has figured out how to win games that we shouldn’t have for years. We open against a Lions team that doesn’t play much defense and might allow the offense to gain a bit of confidence with some early drives that get them going. Maybe we steal a few wins in the first five weeks and enter the meat of the schedule at 3-2, with the offense having had time through games and continuous practice to start to at least look professional. Maybe Division rivals start to see some key injuries too. Who knows? That’s why they play the games.

    I refuse to go into the season assuming the worst. We’re 0-0, just like every other team. We are in a weak Division. The playoffs are not a ridiculous goal at this point. And we have plenty of young talent developing along the way. So take heart. It may look bad, but a lot can change over the course of a month or two, and December is still a long way away.

    •  Hanshi says:

      I agree. I lot can change in either direction. we can improve a lot or we can have even more injuries and get worse.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Yup, but no reason to make too many assumptions yet. Teams don’t really even start defining themselves until October in the NFL. The new CBA almost guarantees that as a permanent condition.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    As for the kickers, Josh Brown is good and you cannot really object to him. But yeah, McManus is very intriguing. I hope he knew when he signed that Coughlin was not going to keep him unless Brown screwed up, no matter how well McManus did. The deck was stacked against him from Day 1. But he’ll now get a job, and probably be one of the best around for years to come. So he’ll come out okay. The question is will we all regret this decision if the season comes down to a 50-yard field goal try in December? That could be December of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017…..

    •  Hanshi says:

      Sooner or later, I think, we’ll regret this. He will have a long career and Brown is closer to the end of his career.

  5.  Hanshi says:

    Cunningham and Grimble cut

  6.  Hanshi says:

    No surgery for Schwartz. 7 to 10 days in a boot then rehab.

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