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Tuesday, August 3, 2010
BBAO: Concern for Mason Crosby?

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

I noticed a Twitter debate breaking out Monday morning among Green Bay Packers followers who had varying opinions on how seriously to take place-kicker Mason Crosby's uneven performance during the early days of training camp. After having his ups and downs in 2009, Crosby has missed five of his 11 attempts over two practices, according to those who have tracked his kicks.

Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com writes that "Crosby didn't do anything to calm the fears of fans who worry about his accuracy after last year's struggles," while Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette devoted his entire column to the issue of Crosby's rotating holders.
Vandermause: "Crosby isn't the problem. Instead, the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of McCarthy and special teams coach Shawn Slocum, who insist on saddling Crosby with a pair of inexperienced holders during camp -- punters Chris Bryan and Tim Masthay. At a time when Crosby should be building confidence coming off a so-so 2009 season, he instead has to break in not one but two new holders."

The alternative would be backup quarterback Matt Flynn, but it's understandably smoother for the punter to serve as a holder for practice purposes. I don't know if it's a kicking issue, a holding issue or no issue at all. But you would hate to see a Super Bowl run slowed by missed field goals.

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