Two weeks after his abysmal 3-for-8 field goal performance in the team’s scrimmage, Packers K Mason Crosby went 3-for-3, including a solidly hit 48-yarder.
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...
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, Packers K Mason Crosby is on notice. Here's coach Mike McCarthy after Crosby's 3-for-8 Family Night:
"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.
Green Bay Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum seems confident kicker Mason Crosby will bounce back from a sub-par season in 2012.
“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.”
The Packers brought in competition for Crosby in the form of Giorgio Tavecchio in the offseason.