By Zach Kruse
Rarely over Mason Crosby’s 13 years with the Green Bay Packers has the kicker been challenged for a roster spot at training camp.
That won’t be the case when the Packers open camp on July 25.
Barring a roster change over the next month, Sam Ficken will be joining Crosby for a legitimate kicking competition.
Crosby, a generally reliable veteran kicker, must be considered the favorite. He’s universally respected in the Packers locker room and has a long track record, especially kicking in the cold and wintery conditions at Lambeau Field. A strong performance at training camp should lock him in for another year as the Packers kicker.
But there’s a reason Ficken is on the roster this summer.
Crosby, who turns 35 in September and is entering a contract year, has been nothing more than a middle-of-the-road kicker the last two years.
Since 2017, Crosby ranks 33rd in field goal percentage among NFL kickers with at least 10 attempts (45 qualifiers). He’s made 80.4 percent of his kicks, with several big misses (see: vs. Minnesota, vs. Arizona) and a meltdown in Detroit last season.
Even taking away his 1-for-5 disaster against the Lions, Crosby’s field goal percentage would rank 16th among kickers in field goal percentage the last two years. Crosby is also 23rd among kickers in extra point percentage since 2017 (four...