Whatever advantage Mason Crosby had in his battle against challenger Giorgio Tavecchio, he threw it all away during Saturday's Family Night Scrimmage.
Crosby, coming off a league-worst 21-of-33 season, made just 3-of-8 field goals on the night. During what was billed on the scrimmage script as a "field goal competition" to cap the night, Crosby made just 2-of-6. Kicking to the new south end zone, Crosby missed from 37 yards on his first attempt, hit from 47 and missed from 53. Switching to the north end, Crosby then misfired from 33 yards and 43 yards before connecting from 51 on his final attempt.
“He definitely didn’t take a step in the right direction with his performance,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “That’s what Family Night’s for. He’ll be evaluated. He’s definitely got to do better than that because that’s not going to cut it.”
With Crosby’s first attempt of the night, he plunked the right upright from 48 yards. Later, he connected from 40.
Crosby kicked in the “old” Lambeau Field for the first six seasons – an experience that he said might have worked against him.
“My ball striking was there but I just picked some bad lines,” he said. “I think my baseline here in the stadium sometimes played some mind games with what the wind was doing. My first ball, I hit a great ball and I expected it to come back a little bit and it didn’t. It’s one where I’m going to watch all the film I can on this and break it down and move forward.”
Tavecchio went 6-of-7, including 5-of-6 in the kicking period. He hit from 37 and 53 to the south, with a miss from 47, and 33, 43 and 53 to the north. Earlier in the night, he converted from 33 yards.
“Sure. Why not?” he said when asked if he’s made this a legit competition. “But in my mind, I take it one day at a time. Whatever the coaches are thinking, whatever they’re saying, I respect it, but I have to give my best in every moment. Whether that’s we are competing, or they’ve made their decision, whatever it is. I feel so blessed to be given this opportunity, whatever the capacity may be. My job is to make field goals and kick off. That’s what I intend to keep doing and keep improving upon.”
Tavecchio’s 53-yarder to the south hit the crossbar and bounced over, and he barely got it over from 53 to the north. He said that was a byproduct of getting a bit too much lift on his kicks.
Tavecchio also got the better of a kickoff competition against Crosby, though he didn’t show the biggest leg. With Crosby, Tavecchio and punter Tim Masthay kicking once in each direction, Crosby averaged 3.5 yards deep in the end zone, Tavecchio 5.5 yards deep and Masthay 7.5 yards deep.
Despite a bad night and once again hearing from the boo birds, Crosby said he's not worried about his job security.
"No, I’ve been hitting the ball well," he said. "Obviously, I’m extremely disappointed with how I hit it tonight. I’ll have to evaluate that, break it down and then … I can’t think about things like that. I just have to go in, now I’ve got to work on things and make sure I hit the ball through the uprights. That’s all I can really worry about and focus on right now."
Meanwhile, tight end Ryan Taylor was the only injury. He was driven off the field on a cart after running down on the punt team. McCarthy didn't have an update.
New injuries: TE Ryan Taylor (leg).
Old injuries: WR Sederrik Cunningham (disclocated wrist), WR Kevin Dorsey (hamstring), WR Charles Johnson (knee), RB DuJuan Harris (knee), S Sean Richardson (neck), CB Casey Hayward (hamstring), CB Tramon Williams (knee), S David Fulton (foot), LB Dezman Moses (toe), LB Jamari Lattimore (illness), LB Brad Jones (finger), OL J.C. Tretter (broken ankle), OT Derek Sherrod (leg), TE Andrew Quarless (quad), WR Jordy Nelson (knee), DE Mike Neal (abdominal), DE Jerel Worthy (ACL).
Returning from injuries: LB Brad Jones (finger).
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