Green Bay Packers special teams recap
By Kenn Korb
- 19 yard return (JAX 18)
- 32 yard return (JAX 31)
- Extra Points: 2/2
- Field Goals: 2/2; 25 yards (Made), 20 yards (Made)
Mason Crosby is coming off another year where he performed well. He tied his 2nd-best field goal percentage for a season (85.7%; 2011), making 24 of 28 attempts. He also stepped up to make some impressive stops of his own in coverage. Generally, there aren’t many teams with a better kicking situation.
There was a big change coming into the start of this season: his friend (and holder for his kicks) Tim Masthay was unceremoniously released at the end of August, with relative unknown Jacob Schum taking his place. A change like that is small, but could have a negative impact on guys; chemistry takes time to develop, and moving on from a pairing that had held the fort for pretty much all of Aaron Rodgers‘ tenure as a starting quarterback is a risk.
He did get back his long-time friend and long-snapper Brett Goode after an absence brought on by a torn ACL towards the end of last season, so that is a positive for him, and since his 2012 struggles Crosby has proven to be as mentally strong as they come.
In terms of the Week 1, we got to see the Crosby we have become used to seeing.
He didn’t end up with too many opportunities to contribute, but made the most of them. He completed the two short field goals he was tasked with, and most of his kickoffs were touchbacks. The final of the two that actually did get returned could have been better, but the coverage has to bear some blame for how far they allowed Corey Grant to get before Damarious Randall eventually stopped him.
All in all, solid game from Green Bay’s stalwart kicker.
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