Scout Premium Content

Launching Point? Special Teams Start Strong

RB Brandon Jackson (Mark Duncan/AP)

From Mason Crosby to the punters to Brandon Jackson, Shawn Slocum's units impressed during Saturday's Family Night Scrimmage. The promising results come as coach Mike McCarthy has placed a larger emphasis on the kicking and return units this summer.

If the Green Bay Packers' special teams make a difference this season — you know, the good kind of difference — the takeoff point very well could wind up being Saturday's Family Night Scrimmage. Mason Crosby split the uprights, unlike last season. The punters kicked the ball high and far, unlike last season. The returners caught the ball and found running room, unlike last season. Special...

PackerReport.com Recommended Stories


  • Maybe it was never as bad as it seemed, but Green Bay's run defense is playing better, and a healthy Letroy Guion is one reason why. (John Konstantaras/Getty Images)

  • The Packers rolled out a shiny new wrinkle with a catchy name last week; we examine its roots and reasoning. (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY)

  • One of the worst defenses in the league "can't wait" to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Sunday night. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY)

  • The Kansas City Chiefs aren't exactly known for their passing attack; however, Dr. Roto does have a man-crush on one KC receiver in Week 8. Dwayne Bowe (pictured above) has yet to score a touchdown or…

  • CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Wainstein report released on Wednesday provided insight into the NCAA’s reopening of its infractions case at North Carolina this summer and also highlighted potential academic…