Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby

Green Bay Packers: Appreciating the dependable Mason Crosby

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By Eli Berkovits February 29, 2020 0 Comment
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The Green Bay Packers got their offseason started early this year by inking longtime kicker, Mason Crosby, to a three-year $12.9 million extension. It was a move many expected to happen sooner rather than later, and the timing couldn’t be any better. By locking up Crosby before the start of the new league year, the Packers can now focus on other areas of need during free agency.

It seems like there are some fans out there in Packers nation who don’t seem to understand the value that a reliable kicker brings to an NFL team. Whether it is the new extra point rules or just a lack of talent, the NFL has a severe kicking issue. The 2019 season featured the worst league-wide kicking efficiency the NFL has seen in a decade (81%). 15 teams made 80% or less of their field goal attempts in 2019 with the Titans hitting a league-low 44% of their attempts. Week after week, we see kickers cost team’s games by missing an easy field goal or the occasional extra point. For most of the last 13 years, the Packers have NOT had that issue.

Since coming into the league in 2007, Mason Crosby has consistently been one of the most reliable kickers in the entire NFL. Literally, in his first-ever NFL game, he hit a 42-yard field goal on the game’s final play to give the Packers a 16-13 victory over the Eagles. Crosby also holds the NFL record for consecutive field goals made in the playoffs with 23. When it mattered most, Crosby came through more times than not.

While there were mostly good times, there have also been some rough patches throughout Crosby’s long career. Most notably, his 2012 performance was the stuff of nightmares. He finished the season hitting only 63% of his kicks which was a career-low by over a dozen points. Many expected the Packers to cut him following that season, but in classic Packers fashion, they stuck by their guy, and they’ve been reaping the benefits ever since.

Since his abysmal 2012 season, Mason Crosby has made 765 of his 808 field goal attempts (extra points included). When it comes to field goals alone, he’s’s made 177 out of 208 attempts, which puts him at over an 85% efficiency. In the entire history of the NFL, only one season (2013) featured a league average of over 85% field goal efficiency. The Green Bay Packers re-signed Mason Crosby for another three years, ensuring that they will have stability and reliability at one of the league’s most underappreciated positions.

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