K Mason Crosby
Mason Crosby is the clear frontrunner to remain the Packers’ kicker in the 2022 season, but he will need to perform well over the summer. What if Crosby’s struggles from last year continue into training camp and the preseason?
The Packers currently have two kickers on the roster: Crosby and Dominik Eberle. So there will be some competition.
Crosby is coming off one of the worst seasons in his career.
He converted just 73.5 percent of his field goals, missing a total of nine in the regular season. Crosby’s field goal percentage was his worst since 2012 and the second-lowest of his NFL career.
Crosby also missed two extra-point tries.
It certainly wasn’t all Crosby’s fault. He didn’t get much help from the blocking throughout the season, and the Packers changed long snappers. That can make a big difference when it comes to field goal operations.
However, there were also plenty of kicks where the protection, snap, and hold all looked good, but Crosby simply missed it.
The 37-year-old has bounced back from every difficult stretch of his career, including a career-worst 2012 season. The Packers have stuck with their veteran kicker over the years, and he has proved them right each time.
He will be aiming to do so again in 2022.
Even if Crosby does struggle this summer, would the Packers cut him in favor of Eberle? He has only attempted three field goals in the NFL, one of which he missed.
That seems unlikely.
However, if Crosby is unable to get back to his best, perhaps the Packers would consider signing a veteran kicker.