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No plans to bring in kicker as Crosby's struggles continue

Nov. 5, 2012
 

Despite Mason Crosby’s recent struggles, the Green Bay Packers are standing by their sixth-year kicker.

While Crosby’s 67-percent field-goal percentage is the worst among currently employed NFL kickers, the Packers don’t have any plans to bring in any free agents to kick against Crosby.

“First of all, I don’t think we have any plans to bring anybody in,” Packers special teams coach Shawn Slocum said. “I don’t think there’s any issue in terms of urgency. Mason knows full well what his job requirements are … there is an urgency I can assure you of that.”

After posting a career-high 85.7 percentage last season, Crosby has made only 10-of-15 attempts this season. He’s missed at least one field goal in each of the last four games he’s attempted at least one.

That included on Sunday when he missed from 44 on the Packers’ opening drive, but responded with a make from 33 yards in the third quarter to give Green Bay a 24-7 cushion.

Crosby, who’s in the second year of the five-year, $14.75-million deal he signed in July 2011, told reporters after the game he plans to take a break from kicking during the bye week to regroup.

“I think this time off will be good for him,” said Slocum of Crosby, who eclipsed 700-career points during Sunday's win. “He can clear the cobwebs and move forward and trust his training, trust his technique and trust what he is.”

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