Green Bay Packers: Five players who must improve in 2016
Tim Masthay might once again have competition in training camp. Last year, the battle didn’t last long with Masthay deemed the Packers’ No. 1 punter early on in the summer, but the same might not be the case this time around. After another difficult season, Green Bay signed Peter Mortell in undrafted free agency.
Mortell was sought after by multiple teams, but was keen to join up with the Packers, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN:
"“Mortell had offers from at least three other teams immediately after the draft but said he picked the Packers because of the good feeling he came away with following his workout last month in front of special teams coach Ron Zook, general manager Ted Thompson and director of football operations Eliot Wolf.”"
Maybe it’s because Mortell is a Green Bay native, but more likely is he saw an opportunity, an opening of sorts. Assuming he is brought to camp on the 90-man roster, the Packers will have a straight out battle between the two for the job.
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Not only will Masthay need to sharpen up his punting technique, he will need to hope his chemistry with kicker Mason Crosby when holding for him on field goal attempts is enough to swing the pendulum in his favor.