ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- From the moment the Denver Broncos worked out new kickers to replace Brandon McManus, they knew bringing him back was likely part of the equation. And that's exactly what the Broncos did Saturday.
They signed McManus to their practice squad this week and then signed him to the 53-man roster Saturday. He will handle kickoffs for the team, giving the Broncos three kicking specialists -- McManus, Connor Barth and punter Britton Colquitt -- on the roster.
To make room for McManus, who will handle kickoffs for the Broncos against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, wide receiver/punt returner Isaiah Burse was waived. McManus had 48 touchbacks on 64 kickoffs in his 11 previous games with the team this season.
A week ago, frustrated with McManus' four misses on field-goal attempts, including a 33-yarder against the Miami Dolphins, the Broncos brought in Barth and Jay Feely for workouts, eventually signing Barth.
Neither Barth nor Feely, who has since signed with the Chicago Bears, could drive the ball on kickoffs like McManus does, however, so bringing McManus back has been on the table since for the Broncos. Earlier this week, Broncos coach John Fox was asked if he would be willing to carry three kickers on the team's roster.
"I've done it before. When I was in Carolina I had [kicker] John Kasay and a variety of kickoff guys," Fox said. "You consider everything, but you can consider nothing as well."
Barth was 5-of-5 on field-goal attempts in the Broncos' win over the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday, but did not consistently drive the ball deep on kickoffs. On a frigid night Barth did not get the hang-time or distance to keep the Chiefs from quality field position.
After the Broncos' eight kickoffs on the game, the Chiefs started on their own 31-, 35-, 31-, 31-, 38-, 35-, 38- and 24-yard lines. Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos didn't force a touchback either, but the Broncos started a drive outside their own 25-yard line after a kickoff just once and that was only when Santos had to kickoff from his own 20-yard line after a personal foul penalty.
Barth was not used on kickoffs by the Buccaneers in 2011 or '12. And in 2010, he had one touchback in 78 kickoffs.