Michael Barnard Will Get Kicking Audition In Green Bay Today

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Barnard had a tryout with the Eagles two years ago.

Had Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby not had such a terrible season in 2012 we wouldn’t be hearing the name Michael Barnard.

But that’s water under the proverbial bridge … and because Crosby converted just 63.3 percent of his field goals last year (21 of 33 attempts), today the Packers will be holding an audition for the free agent kicker who has been working the past couple of years with former pro kickers.

Whether the Packers consider Barnard a legitimate NFL kicker will determine whether they invite him to camp next summer as competition for Crosby. In the six years Crosby has been the Packers place kicker, he hasn’t had any competition in camp for at least the past five years – he’s been the guy.

In a story that our own Tom Marquardt wrote here on lombardiave.com back in December, the Packers were considering bringing Barnard in for a tryout at that time. If you remember, that was at the time when Crosby was struggling through a rough stretch of the season. The Packers kept the faith in Crosby and he connected on his final four kicks of the season, including a couple of conversions in the playoffs.

However, now that it’s the offseason, this seems like as good a time as any to audition potential competition for Crosby.

Barnard, 6 feet 1½ inches and 216 pounds, is not a prototypical candidate … he hasn’t kicked in competition since 2008 when he was at Division III Fairleigh Dickinson. While kicking there he made 59.3 percent (16 of 27) and missed five of 54 extra points. Not glowing statistics.

But the Packers must see something in him to give him today’s tryout.

Stay tuned and should we hear any news about the tryout, we will post it here as soon as possible.

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