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Crosby has practice to forget
Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby was nearly shown the door in 2012 when he made just 21-of-33 field-goal attempts (63.6 percent).
But Crosby has bounced back with aplomb in recent seasons and made 85.9 percent of his kicks (110-of-128) between 2013-2016.
During Green Bay's Family Night practice, though, last Saturday, Crosby experienced a brutal case of deja vu.
Crosby made just 5-of-11 field-goal attempts and missed six of his last seven kicks.
"Well I mean field-goal operation you have a number of components involved in it," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "It wasn't quite what it needed to be. I think that was reflected in the results of, you know, the quality. This is why we're in training camp."
Green Bay is operating with a new long snapper, Derek Hart, and a new holder, Justin Vogel. So far, that trio hasn't been in sync.
Crosby likes it when the laces arrive facing forward. That way the holder doesn't need to spin the ball to get the laces facing away from Crosby.
Brett Goode, Green Bay's long snapper from 2008-2016, snapped the ball exactly how Crosby wanted. So far Hart has struggled with that part of the job.
Goode remains unsigned and is likely viewed as an insurance policy for Packers management.
"It wasn't just one thing," McCarthy said of the field-goal operation. "Like I said, there's a number of components involved in the operation, protection. There's things in the protection that we were able to get on film and teach off of. The most important thing is it's excellent video and that's what you're looking for."