The Green Bay Packers held their Family Night scrimmage on Saturday night and Mason Crosby was one of the stars of the evening.
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.