Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby said there’s “no panic” after missing four of his last eight field-goal attempts, including a 32-yarder off the right upright last week.
“There’s always minor adjustments,” Crosby said on Thursday. “I’m at the point in my career that there’s not an overhaul that needs to be done. It’s just work(ing) on a couple of things. Right now, it’s just staying smooth and making consistent contact and hitting the ball solid. I don’t have to hit a 70-yarder on my short ones. That is the tendency sometimes is to try to crush the ball. Just slow it down, just make kicks and go from there.”
Since making a franchise-record 23 consecutive field goals spanning the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Crosby has made just 12 of his last 18 attempts (including playoffs). He started 5-for-5 this year before missing from 52 and 51 at Indianapolis, from 58 at Houston and a relative chip shot against the Jaguars.
The long misses, special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum said on Monday, might have impacted Crosby’s mechanics.
“It’s about having good balance, good technique, good weight distribution, good job going into the plant and all the things that he does time and time again,” Slocum said. “It’s very easy in that operation to get out of balance, and when you do, you have a chance to mishit the ball, and he’s done that a couple times . He and I talked. ‘Let’s not put more into it than there is. Let’s make sure that you go back and you detail your work and just let it go, and be smooth in the operation.’”
There is no panic, even though Crosby’s big 2011 was a statistical aberration. Over the first four seasons of his career, Crosby had made 78.1 percent of his field-goal attempts. Last season, he nailed 85.7 percent. This year, his 69.2 percent ranks 31st out of 33 qualifying kickers.
Crosby said he is not overreacting to the slump. He’s not kicking any extra this week. Instead, it’s a little more film work and “simplifying” his mechanics.
“Look at the film and just do my normal process,” he said. “There’s no panic. There’s no room for panic in this type of thing. It’s just evaluate, watch the film. I watch it on Monday and then I move on, because by Wednesday, we’re onto Arizona here and I’m ready to go and kick in this game. We’ll go out on Friday morning and we’ll kick out on the stadium, and then we’ll go out on the practice field. That’s kind of our dress rehearsal on Friday and we’ll be ready to go for Sunday.”
Packers injury report
Out: WR Greg Jennings (groin/abdomen); CB Charles Woodson (collarbone). Did not participate: FB John Kuhn (hamstring); WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring); LB Nick Perry (knee/wrist); CB Sam Shields (ankle); DE Jerel Worthy (concussion). Limited: TE Jermichael Finley (shoulder); G T.J. Lang (elbow/wrist); DE Mike Neal (ankle); DT B.J. Raji (ankle). Full: WR Donald Driver (neck/thumb); QB Aaron Rodgers (calf).
Neal was held out on Wednesday and Driver was limited on Thursday. They were the only changes.
Nelson and Kuhn are “encouraged” and have a chance to practice on Friday. McCarthy said Shields and Perry are “doubtful” for Sunday. Both were hurt at Houston and might miss their third consecutive games.
Cardinals injury report
Did not participate: QB Kevin Kolb (ribs); G Adam Snyder. Limited: TE Todd Heap (knee); LS Mike Leach (back); FS Kerry Rhodes (back); CB Greg Toler (hamstring). Full: T D’Anthony Batiste (toe); DT Darnell Dockett (hamstring); TE Jim Dray (knee); CB Jamell Fleming (back); FB Anthony Sherman (knee).
The Cardinals’ report was unchanged.
— Greg Jennings said his surgery “went well” and submitted some photographic evidence. McCarthy said a “couple weeks” would be the minimum timeline for Jennings to return to practice.
— Aaron Rodgers was named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Month. In four games, he threw for 1,101 yards with 14 touchdowns and one interception as the Packers went 3-1.
— Casey Hayward was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Month. He intercepted four passes, and became the first Packers rookie defender since Tom Flynn in 1984 to intercept four passes over a three-game span. The Packers have had three other rookies of the month: Vonnie Holliday (defense; September 1998), Nick Barnett (defense; October 2003) and Samkon Gado (offense; November 2006).
— The Packers worked out Jarius Wynn, who’s served two stints on the defensive line. The Packers are short-handed at that position but a signing doesn’t appear imminent. If Worthy and Neal can’t play, McCarthy said, “If we have to go with four, we’ll go with four.”
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