Mason Crosby works through 'technical issues' in Packers offseason

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby is working through some "technical issues" this offseason, hoping to rebound from a poor 2012 campaign.

Green Bay Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum says kicker Mason Crosby has worked through some "technical issues," this offseason, according to Mike Vandermause of PackersNews.com.

Slocum said that Crosby started to improve toward the end of the 2012-13 season, but that doesn't change the fact that Crosby finished with some of the worst stats of any kicker in the league. The target for Crosby, according to Slocum, is to get Crosby back to being as productive as he was "at the end of 2010 through 2011."

In 2010 and 2011, Crosby posted field goal percentages of 78.6 and 85.7, with 22 and 24 field goals made, respectively. Last season, he was close with the number of field goals made -- he had 21 -- but his percentage was way down, at just 63.6.

That's an abysmal number when it comes to field-goal kicking. Crosby was a full 5.4 percentage points worse than the next-worst kicker in the NFL (David Akers, then the kicker for the San Francisco 49ers) and a full 10.6 points off the player above him (Greg Zuerlein of the St. Louis Rams).

Crosby was the opposite of dependable from any distance last season. So much so, that the Packers have brought in some competition in the form of Giorgio Tavecchio, who has spent time in NFL training camps with the 49ers. Tavecchio is a longshot to usurp Crosby, but he's far from just being a camp body and should push Crosby toward improvement.

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