Mason Crosby returns with a new deal after career-year in 2019.
He’s rarely discussed as one of the best kickers in the league but he’s consistently got the job done for the Packers.
And now he returns for three more years after signing a new contract this offseason.
Crosby converted 22 of his 24 field goal attempts, which is 91.7 percent. His longest kick was 54 yards. He converted 40 of his 41 extra-point attempts.
It was a career-year for Crosby.
His field goal conversion was good for fifth-best in the NFL. He was perfect inside 40 yards. Not only did Crosby consistently make kicks, but he also booted through two game-winners.
We can all remember Crosby’s disastrous performance against the Detroit Lions in 2018 when he missed a total of five kicks. Well, he more than made up for that last season by kicking game-winners as time expired in both games against the Lions.
Odds of making roster: 100 percent
Crosby won a kicking competition against Sam Ficken last summer and, as he always has, he rose to the challenge. He then followed it up with the best season of his career. There should be no kicking competition this time.
What to expect in 2020?
Some of Crosby’s best work has come in recent years. Only once since 2012 has he converted fewer than 80 percent of his field goal attempts. That was two years ago when he only attempted 19 kicks. In the other 12 seasons he’s been with the Packers, he’s never attempted fewer than 24 kicks, and only twice fewer than 28.
Crosby has kicked game-saving and game-winning kicks in the most challenging of situations, in some cases when even the entire season has rested on his right foot.
More often than not, Crosby steps up to the challenge. He deserves his new contract and should ensure the Packers have no concerns at the kicker position for another few years.