GREEN BAY – Shawn Slocum thinks the bye week was indeed just what much-maligned Mason Crosby needed.
The Green Bay Packers special teams coach likes what he’s seen from Crosby in practice this week and isn’t worried that the struggling kicker’s confidence is flagging.
“Mason’s been good. He’s had a very good week of practice and as I said prior to the bye week, I thought he could get away and come back energized and ready to go to work,” Slocum said Thursday. “He’s done that and he looks really good kicking the ball. I look forward to him moving forward. He needs to make kicks as we move forward.”
After making 24 of 28 field-goal attempts last season, Crosby, who is in the second year of a five-year, $14.75 million deal that included a $3 million signing bonus and is paying him $1.65 million in base salary this season, has missed five of his last 10 field-goal attempts, including a 44-yarder against Arizona on Nov. 4, the Packers’ last game before the bye week.
“I thought prior to the Arizona game, he might’ve been burdened (by the previous misses),” Slocum said. “I thought he made some adjustments in that week and I thought he kicked the ball well that week and he missed a field goal that he hit a good ball on. He misjudged the conditions a little bit, and that can happen.
“I think he’s where he needs to be mentally and physically. But the bottom line is, you have to make those field goals, and we are going to need him to do that as we move forward.”
Asked if he simply needs to make a few kicks to feel good about himself again, Slocum replied, “Absolutely. When you make ‘em, you walk off the field feeling like you’ve gotten your job done and that’s where we are and what we need to do.”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn’t seem overly concerned with Crosby, either. He said he watched Crosby, holder Tim Masthay and long-snapper Brett Goode work together and doesn’t expect Crosby’s slump to continue Sunday at Detroit.
“I get an opportunity to get down to practice early and watch the battery of those three guys work. They spend a lot of time on their fundamentals,” McCarthy said. “I have a lot of confidence in his ability to put the ball through the uprights and that will definitely be the case Sunday.”
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