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Crosby could face camp kicking competition

Mar 20, 2013 -- 3:30pm
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Mason Crosby had a tough go in 2012 and may be challenged in camp.

PHOENIX – While nothing is set in stone, it sure sounds like kicker Mason Crosby will get some training-camp competition this summer with the Green Bay Packers. At least that’s the impression coach Mike McCarthy gave folks at the NFC coaches breakfast at the annual NFL Meetings Wednesday morning.

“I think competition’s good,” McCarthy said when asked about Crosby, who is coming off his worst NFL season, having made only 63.6 percent of his field-goal attempts (21 of 33) in the regular season last year. “Definitely, I don’t think you can look past any performance throughout your team and think that competition’s (not) going to help, regardless of how they performed the year before.

“I mean, I think that’s definitely something that we’ll look at.”

Throughout Crosby’s struggles last season, the Packers chose not to bring in a kicker to compete with him. In fact, Crosby hasn’t faced training-camp competition since his rookie year of 2007, when he was a sixth-round pick from Colorado and beat out incumbent kicker Dave Rayner. McCarthy gave no reason to think the Packers are looking to replace him.

“Mason’s in town and we feel good about the plan and all the things that we’ve talked about,” McCarthy said. “He’s an experienced kicker and those guys make subtle adjustments. Sometimes it’s too much and if there’s a common theme of a lot of our evaluation with our football team, it falls in the category of too much.”

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