The Green Bay Packers' replacement for Mason Crosby could be... Mason Crosby?
Rookie kicker Anders Carlson has struggled throughout training camp. While he has regularly displayed impressive power, a lack of consistency is a major concern ahead of the regular season.
Carlson has made just 68.8 percent of his field goal attempts at practice this summer, per Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated.
The sixth-round draft choice can convert a field goal from any distance. He has made 50-yarders look easy with plenty of room to spare. But to find success in the NFL, kickers need consistency.
That's what Mason Crosby provided in Green Bay for 16 great years, becoming the team's all-time leading points scorer. The Packers drafted Carlson to replace Crosby this offseason. However, unless the rookie can improve his consistency, he won't last 16 games, let alone 16 seasons.
And the pressure is on. Crosby remains a free agent but has no intention of walking away. He is ready to go, and the franchise legend has sent a message to the Packers.
Watch as Mason Crosby sends a message to the Packers (Video)
Crosby posted a video of him kicking on social media.
"It's always dad season, but got to keep preparing for football season too," said Crosby.
There's a reason why Crosby posted this. He is politely reminding the NFL that he is still available and wants to play. Not only that, he is ready to contribute immediately.
The Packers may have a need at kicker if Carlson can't improve his consistency in the opening weeks of the regular season. The question is, how long is the team willing to wait? It's good to have patience with your young kicker, but at what point do they decide enough is enough?
Crosby would provide stability for another season, giving the Packers more time to find his successor.
For now, they are sticking with the rookie and have added zero competition at training camp. That's admirable, but Crosby has sent a little reminder that he is ready to go.
Will the Packers bring back their all-time leading points scorer?