Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby’s struggles from the 2012 season have apparently carried over into training camp this year and may cost him his starting job. Crosby made just 64% of his field goals last year and went 3-of-8 in a scrimmage at Family Night on Saturday. Rookie kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, on the other hand, went 6-of-7.
When asked about his poor kicking performance, Crosby said that he’s not worried about if his job is in jeopardy:
No, I’ve been hitting the ball well. Obviously extremely disappointed with how I hit it tonight. Have to evaluate that and break it down. I can’t think about things like that. I just have to go and actually work on things, make sure I hit the ball through the uprights. That’s all I can really worry about and focus on right now. (Packersnews.com)
Coach Mike McCarthy was a little more blunt when assessing Cosby’s performance, saying the veteran kicker “definitely [has] to do better.”
Tavecchio, who attended the University of California, said he empathized with Crosby’s poor performance:
He’s a fellow kicker and I thought he struck the ball well tonight. I think he struck the ball better than I did, but the results don’t show that, and that’s the frustrating part as a kicker.
Kicker battles normally aren’t considered a riveting aspect of NFL training camp, but it looks like there’s an interesting situation brewing in Green Bay.