Insider: Thumbs up to Crosby, down to White
OK, so maybe it wasn't Mason Crosby's best day of camp.
Dealing with a soggy field and a steady crosswind, the Packers veteran kicker went 5-of-8 on his field-goal attempts late in Monday's practice. It could have been much worse, though.
After nailing his first try from 33 yards, he missed consecutively from 38 and 42, and again from 46. However, Crosby made up for it with long-distance makes from 48, 53 and 55 yards to close his session.
Crosby has cooled off since making 28 of 30 attempts to start camp, but he hasn't allowed his misses to snowball like they did in 2012 when he made a league-low 61.6 percent of his field goals.
"By that time, it was his eighth kick and he figured out the wind pretty well," special-teams coach Shawn Slocum said. "I like what where he is. From a technique standpoint, he's right on top of it. He's in a good place mentally. I look forward to him having a good season."
Crosby needs to finish the final week of camp strong, hitting only 22 of his last 30 field goals (73.3 percent), but the Packers aren't panicking. They're confident in his disposition, particularly as a kickoff specialist where he's become more reliable after punter Tim Masthay initially beat him out for the job last season.
Asked if Crosby will handle those duties this season, Slocum said: "Yeah. He has taken that role on again as he did last year during the season."
As strong of a spring as Chris Harper had, he couldn't hold onto passes when it counted in the summer. On Sunday, it cost him his job.
Myles White is trying to avoid a similar fate.
While Jeff Janis and Kevin Dorsey have worked their way up the depth chart, the second-year receiver has struggled during the final stretch of camp. What started as a few muffed punts have now turned in dropped passes.
He dropped two passes from Matt Flynn during team periods on Monday and juggled another pass in the end zone during a red-zone period, though the referee called it a touchdown. He closed practice on a high note with a corner end-zone grab from Aaron Rodgers.
White played seven games last year after Randall Cobb broke his leg, but faces an uphill battle to stay there. The Packers could easily keep six receivers this year, but he'll need a strong finish to top the play-making ways of Janis or the special-teams versatility of Dorsey. Jeremy Ross (temporarily) saved his job in last year's preseason finale.
This Thursday, White may need to do the same against Kansas City.
DID YOU KNOW?
-- Aaron Rodgers worked extensively with the scout team in practice and made a few nice plays at the starting defense's expense, including a deep completion to tight end Justin Perillo on a go-route over cornerback Jumal Rolle, and then rolling left and hitting Jarrett Boykin on the right side for another score.
-- Matt Flynn started practice with the scout team, while Rodgers and Tolzien worked with the offensive starters inside the Hutson Center. Once practice started, Flynn received the first reps with the two backup quarterbacks splitting snaps evenly.
-- If Corey Linsley struggles in trying to replace injured center JC Tretter, All-Pro guard Josh Sitton could get the call. He received a lot of work at center with Lane Taylor occupying his vacated post at left guard.
-- Defensive lineman Letroy Guion made an early impression breaking into the backfield in a half-line period, stuffing running back LaDarius Perkins for a 4-yard loss.
-- Along with Carl Bradford, second-year outside linebacker Nate Palmer also took a couple snaps at inside linebacker in the half-line drill.
--DuJuan Harris could be closing in on the kickoff return job. Janis, his primary competition, dropped a return late in practice.