Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said the battle between Josh Brown and Brandon McManus is just as close as it appears to those outside the meeting rooms and decision-making conversations.
"They're both competing and have really strong legs," Quinn said. "They both have pretty good accuracy at this point. It'll be interesting to see how it all plays out."
What separates them is experience. Brown is in his 12th NFL season. McManus is still technically a rookie but was in training camp with the Colts last summer. McManus appears to have the stronger leg, but that will need to be tested under fire.
"You value a kicker who can make the kicks," Quinn said. "You try to put the young kicker in some situations and try to test him. Hopefully they arise, if not you have to create them."
McManus got one opportunity in Sunday's preseason game and kicked a 47-yard field goal against the Bills. But Quinn cautioned against portraying McManus as the stronger kicker and sounded as if, all things being equal and the competition staying as close as it has been, Brown would keep the job.
"The thing about Josh is that he does have a strong leg," Quinn said. "A lot of times, you have an older kicker and a young kicker and the young kicker has such a strong leg. But Brandon will really have to beat him out in all areas to win the job. And he knows that."