1) Introduction: Mason Crosby is a testament to the belief of sticking with players, even in their roughest times. When he missed just over a third of his field goals in 2012, fans were ready to send him packing. Instead, Mike McCarthy brought in some competition, Ted Thompson restructured his contract, and Crosby rose to the challenge. Here we are two years later, and it appears the loyalty has paid off.
2) Profile: Mason Crosby
- Age: 30
- Born: 9/3/1984 in Lubbock, Texas
- Height: 6’1″
- Weight: 207
- College: Colorado
- Rookie Year: 2007
- NFL Experience: 8 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: After hitting an 89.2% completion rate in 2013, expectations remained high for Crosby. He had to now prove that 2012 was the anomaly, and not 2013.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Mason Crosby was a stud this season, hitting 27 of 33 field goal attempts. And although he did have a few field goal and extra point attempts blocked, those weren’t really his fault. Crosby probably would have had a higher percentage if not for a questionable special teams unit.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Crosby is credited with 134 of the Packers’ 486 points, which is comes out to about 28% of the team’s total. That said, he was only in the middle of the road when it came to kickoffs. Perhaps it was by directive, but his average kickoff distance ranked 25th among kickers, while his average kickoff height ranked 2nd. He was 13th in total touchbacks on more attempts than anyone else.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: You couldn’t have asked for much better. Crosby nailed all 7 field goal attempts across both playoff games. And against Seattle, he accounted for 15 of the team’s 22 points.
7) Intangibles: We’ve had trust issues with Crosby in the past, but those appear to be gone (having possibly moved on to Tim Masthay). After watching the Detroit Lions struggle with a kicker this year, fans should be happy to have Crosby on board.
Season Report Card (Player Grades):
(B+) Level of expectations met during the season
(B+) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(A+) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: A-——————Follow @ChadToporski