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It was the kind of performance Crosby needed, especially after he didn’t get any chances to kick in the preseason opener against Arizona. This may have helped him gain an edge over challenger Giorgio Tavecchio, who missed a 49-yarder and went 1-for-2.
“I’ve just got to build off of that,” Crosby said. “I hit my 48-yarder as well as I wanted to.”
The Packers kicker will be highly-sought in drafts, but if it remains Crosby, his struggles last season and early camp shouldn't be forgotten...
Monday, August 12, 2013, 8:24pm
The Packers are staging a full-fledged kicking competition between veteran Mason Crosby, who last season converted an NFL-worst 63.6 percent of his field goals, and first-year kicker Giorgio Tavecchio.
Coach Mike McCarthy ramped up that competition on Monday in large part because the Packers were so inept on offense in Friday’s 17-0 loss to the Arizona Cardinals that they didn’t attempt any field goals. And once again, there were signs of problems by Crosby on Monday. On a perfect day with little wind, Crosby had the only miss of a 16-kick period, when he was wide left from 46 yards.
This might be a way to light a fire under Crosby. Then again, the life of a kicker in the NFL can come to an end pretty quick so don't rule out Tavecchio taking this job if Crosby continues to really struggle. Whoever wins the job will likely be in position to put up a lot of points.
"Well, Mason Crosby is competing for a job on our football team, like everyone else. He definitely didn’t take a step in the right direction with his performance. That’s what Family Night’s for. He’ll be evaluated. He’s definitely got to do better than that because that’s not going to cut it."
The Packer kicking job is attractive for fantasy purposes, but Crosby is on thin ice. Look elsewhere for your kicker.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 9:23am
“He had some technical issues that he worked through," Slocum said. "I thought he started to improve at the end of the season. He’s had a good offseason to this point. We want to get to the production we had at the end of 2010 through 2011. That’s what’s important for us to get to.”
Friday, December 28, 2012, 7:20pm
Quarterback Graham Harrell led Green Bay to 11 points in the final 35 seconds, rallying the defending Super Bowl champs to a 24-21 victory over Indianapolis on Friday night.
Harrell threw an 11-yard TD pass to Ryan Taylor with 35 seconds left, then hooked up with Taylor again on the 2-point conversion to make it 21-21.
Colts backup Curtis Painter also played well, going 11 of 21 for 171 yards.
Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers was in midseason form, going 19 of 23 for 204 yards with one TD to give Green Bay a 10-0 second-quarter lead.
Rodgers has lit it up in the preseason, much like he did last year. Although Michael Vick goes into the season as the number one fantasy quarterback, Rodgers is fully capable of beating him out for that spot.
Monday, August 15, 2011, 12:42pm
Crosby injured his plant foot in practice about a week ago and had to take a couple days off to let it heal. It still causes him some discomfort, and he has to treat it after practices and games, but he said it did not give way against the Browns.
Crosby falls a bit in our rankings this year. Once in the top-five in past years, he's currently 11th before this season starts. He could certainly be a decent option if drafted as a number-two on your team.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 10:32am
Crosby was PK12 in 2010 and PK6 the year before, so with this deal he should continue to be one of the safest fantasy kickers in the game. It's just too bad he doesn't kick indoors or in warm weather.
Friday, June 17, 2011, 3:26pm
K Ryan Longwell made clear he intends to play in 2011 and said he "wouldn't mind going back" to the Vikings. Asked if he would consider returning to Green Bay if Packers place-kicker Mason Crosby moves on in free agency, Longwell laughed and said: "You never say never. You just don't know."
Sunday, August 8, 2010, 12:00pm
There couldn’t have been a better setting for him to have his best performance of training camp.
Many fans have been questioning whether Crosby can be the kicker of the future after connecting on just 75 percent of his attempts in 2009. Coach Mike McCarthy has backed the four-year veteran by not bringing in another kicker as competition.
Regardless, going 7-for-8 in front of an announced crowd of 47,844 was significant in terms of fan confidence.
"It’s a scrimmage, but it’s Lambeau and it’s a game-like situation," Crosby said. "We’ve got to perform. That’s what people want to see. It was good to come out here and hit the ball well and see the operation is getting as sharp as it needs to be."
Crosby connected on field goals of 26, 31, 36, 41, 47, 51 and 53 yards. The lone miss came from 44 yards. Crosby said the 53-yarder was the longest field goal he has made in training camp. He entered the night 19-for-27.
"The ball came off his foot very well tonight," McCarthy said. "Even on the kickoffs. We had to slow him up a little just so we could get the returns. He’s a very strong, gifted kicker."
Crosby is the type of guy than can give fantasy owners nightmares, especially if you are in a league where points are deducted for missed field goals, but in the end, you want him on your team because he can convert long field goals and plays for a great offense.
No competition for Crosby
The team has no plans to bring in another kicker to compete with Mason Crosby during training camp, McCarthy said.
Crosby was drafted in the sixth round in 2007 and was the first rookie in 22 years to lead the league in scoring. However, his field goal percentage dropped to a career-low 75 percent in 2009.
“We’re committed to Mason,” McCarthy said. “He’s done a good job in the offseason. He’s outstanding in the strength and conditioning aspect of it.”
Crosby is considered a top-five kicker, number-four actually, here at 4-for-4.
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