Packers All-Decade Team: Aaron Rodgers leads the way

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Mason Crosby
Green Bay Packers, Mason Crosby (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Special teams

The Packers have had a mostly steady presence in this area. Though the special teams themselves have never been a top unit, they have been good at the kicker position even when the coverage has suffered.

Kicker: Mason Crosby (2010-Present)

Mason Crosby was selected in the sixth round of the 2007 draft and became the Packers’ kicker by beating out Dave Rayner, and hasn’t looked back. Crosby is the only kicker the Packers had over the past 10 years and outside of 2012, he has been as reliable a kicker you could ask for.

Crosby has braved Wisconsin winters and tough conditions to nail many game-winners en route to becoming the Packers’ all-time leader in points.

Punter: Tim Masthay (2010-2015)

Tim Masthay was picked up by the Packers in January 2010 on a futures contract and became the punter that season. Masthay averaged 43.9 yards per punt that year and was responsible for helping hold DeSean Jackson and Devin Hester at bay during their run up to the Super Bowl.

Over six seasons for the Packers, Masthay averaged 44.2 yards with a long punt of 71 yards. He also threw a touchdown to Tom Crabtree in a game against the Bears in a 2012 Thursday night matchup.

Long snapper: Brett Goode (2010-2017)

This position never gets any love no matter the list. Most people never even know who the player is until they have a bad snap that costs them a game. That’s why Brett Goode makes this list. He never did. He was the model of consistency for the Packers and even managed to finish a game in 2016 with a torn ACL.

Returner: Randall Cobb (2011-2018)

Considering all the Packers have gone through this year with kick returners, it’s hard to remember a time when the team had one. Randall Cobb made his debut in the NFL a memorable one. In the 2011 opener, Cobb had an 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

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Overall, Cobb had three return touchdowns for the Packers with two coming via punt returns and the one kickoff return. Cobb’s contributions as a returner dwindled the further along his career went but if the Packers needed a spark, Cobb was usually back there for a return.