Despite coming off one of the best years of his 12-year NFL career, former Nebraska kicker and current New York Giant, Josh Brown is playing for his NFL career as he kicks against free agent Brandon McManus, who was brought into camp as competition for the veteran. McManus is Temple’s career leader in field goals and punting. He tried out with the Indianapolis Colts in training camp last season, but was passed over for veteran Adam Vinatieri.
“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.”
Last year Brown hit 88% of his kicks (23-26) and made all PATs. He’s made 81% of his kicks that have covered the entire country from stops in Seattle, St. Louis, and Cincinnati, before landing in the Big Apple.
“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.”
Former Husker Alex Henery is enjoying life inside the recently renovated Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles. A $125 million Stadium Revitalization Project was completed to help improve the fans’ experience on game day, but it also helped out the kicker from Omaha.
Two corners of the stadium were closed in, changing the wind pattern. In the past, the wind blew directly blowing into the stadium through those corner gaps, but now the stadium has more of a swirl effect, similar to most stadiums. It is something that Henery is used to.
“It was pretty windy today, but it wasn’t affecting the ball flight as much as I thought it would,” Henery said, whose kickoffs were consistently reaching the end zone during Monday’s practice. Henery set a team record and rookie NFL benchmark with a 88.9% field goal percentage after being selected in the fourth round of the 2011 draft and already owns two of the four most accurate seasons in franchise history.