ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos have released kicker Connor Barth to make room for Pro Bowl left guard Evan Mathis.
Connor made 15 of 16 field goals over the final five weeks last season but was doomed by his poor kickoffs this preseason, one of which was returned 103 yards for a touchdown.
A career 85 percent field goal kicker in seven NFL seasons, Connor was chosen the AFC's special teams player of the month last December after going 5-for-5 against Kansas City and San Diego.
Connor's release means Brandon McManus has won the Broncos' kicking and kickoff jobs. He was 9-for-13 before Denver cut him last year.
He was quickly re-signed as a kickoff specialist and spent the offseason eliminating his jab-step and inconsistency.
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