Competition or not at kicker, there won’t be any surprises on special teams. Yes, the Packers brought in Sam Ficken to compete with Mason Crosby at training camp, but to me, there’s only one winner in this training camp battle, and that’s the Packers’ longtime kicker who has made so many important kicks in frozen temperatures late in the season.
JK Scott didn’t have a perfect rookie season, but the Packers won’t be giving up on their fifth-round pick any time soon, especially if he plays well at training camp. Scott did a few things very well, such as forcing 27 fair catches. Only San Francisco 49ers punter Bradley Pinion forced more fair catches last season.
Scott will need to improve the amount of punts he lands inside the 20-yard line, and he’ll also need to be more consistent, particularly as the weather gets colder. But it was Scott’s first season in the NFL. He played well enough and will improve this year.
Continuity is a good thing here, which is why I expect the Packers to keep the same trio on special teams, with Crosby as the kicker, Scott at punter Hunter Bradley at long snapper.
The Packers will be aiming to improve on special teams, and these three players will play an important role in that.