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DENVER - Kicker Mason Crosby was as diplomatic as he could be, refusing to pin blame on either long snapper Derek Hart or holder Justin Vogel for his miss on a 60-yard field goal attempt for the Green Bay Packers against Denver on Saturday night.
But replays showed that Hart’s snap was high and inside and the poor contact Crosby made with the ball made it apparent Vogel wasn’t able to get the ball down in the right spot. Crosby’s kick was a line drive that dropped short and to the right of the goalposts.
“I have to hit a better kick and make it from there,” Crosby said. “Everything has to go right there. I just have to hit a clean, good ball. Even up here in Denver you have to hit it right.”
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If Hart’s snap was the reason the kick went awry, it might be his last with the Packers. Veteran Brett Goode was re-signed Aug. 12 and his snaps have been as consistent as always, making it an easy decision to keep him for a 10th season.
Goode was the holder when Crosby nailed a 52-yarder in the first quarter.
Asked if he was concerned about where the kicking game stood two weeks before the season opener against the Seattle Seahawks, Crosby said he would be at peak form when the time comes.
“I feel really good with how I’m approaching all my stuff,” Crosby said. “Up until last practice, obviously Family Night was a bad night, but other than that I’ve missed two kicks in practice. I feel really solid with how I’m hitting the ball.
“We’ve just got to clean that up. We have to be consistent every time. We can’t have it where we’re not all clicking. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just has to be good enough.”
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Fight night: After the game, most of the Packers players watched at least part of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight on several TV monitors in the locker room.
At any given moment, at least 25 or 30 players were standing around the TVs – the fight was shown on pay-per-view – until the bout ended with Mayweather winning on a 10th-round TKO. The lead-up to the ending drew an explosion of noise.
Among those watching was quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who delayed his postgame news conference until the fight ended.
Asked what he thought of the fight, Rodgers said, “Not too exciting. A lot of people paid for that, myself included.”
Pete Dougherty of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin contributed