With Kicker, Broncos Pick Accuracy Over Strength

November 27, 2014 7:37 PM

With Kicker, Broncos Pick Accuracy Over Strength
" ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The Denver Broncos might be sacrificing some kick return yards in exchange for more accuracy between the uprights.

“We’re about to find out,” coach John Fox said Wednesday, 24 hours after the Broncos replaced first-year pro Brandon McManus with five-year pro Connor Barth.

Barth is an 84 percent field goal kicker over his five seasons in the NFL and the most accurate kicker in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history. McManus was waived after making just 69 percent of his field goal attempts, which ranked last in the league.

McManus, however, ranked second in the league behind only Indy’s Pat McAfee in both touchbacks on kickoffs (48) and touchback rate (75 percent).

Only 7.1 percent of Barth’s career kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks – 11 of 156 – although all of those came when the football was still teed up at the 30-yard line, not the 35, which has drastically reduced runbacks in recent seasons.

Barth hasn’t kicked off since 2010, when he had just one touchback in 78 kickoffs.

“Obviously, kicking off from the 35 is awesome,” Barth said Wednesday following his first practice since signing a two-year deal "

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