Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Former Rams Kicker Brown Has Competition

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Former Rams Kicker Brown Has Competition

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Ex-Rams kicker Brown is in a fight for his job

Despite coming off one of the best years of his 12-year NFL career, New York Giants kicker Josh Brown is facing stiff competition from free agent Brandon McManus.

"I'm not fully surprised by it," Brown said. "It's part of the business. I'm just a hired entity trying to keep up with the pace. I know I had a great year, one of the best years I've ever had. But that doesn't mean anything now. I know what I can do. They (the Giants) have to do what they have to do."

Brown connected on 23 of 26 field-goal tries (88 percent) and made all 31 of his extra-point attempts, for 100 points last season. He's connected on 254 field goals in a career that also includes stops with the Seahawks, Rams and Bengals. He's made 81 percent of his field-goal tries in that span.

"I've missed one game-winner in 12 years," Brown said. "I'll take that. At the end of the day, I know I have a peace of mind that I can get the job accomplished."

McManus is Temple University's career leader in field goals and punting. He had a brief stint with the Colts in training camp last summer and went against veteran Pro Bowl kicker Adam Vinatieri but didn't get many opportunities to prove himself.

"I think I have the leg strength to compete here," McManus said. "Hopefully I'll get more chances here and we'll see where it goes."

Despite his prowess as a punter in college, McManus is not competing for that job with Giants.

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