PACKERS ROUNDUP: Crosby appears to have a leg up in kickers' dual
It appears that a little competition has done Mason Crosby some good. The veteran Green Bay kicker made 9-of-10 field goal attempts at practice yesterday. Crosby’s total for two-and-a-half weeks of Training Camp is 44-of-54, for 81-and-a-half percent. After kicking just 64-percent last season, the Packers brought in kicker Giorgio Tavecchio to give Crosby his first competition since he won the kicker’s job in Green Bay six years ago. After a slow start, the 28-year-old Crosby appears to have regained his edge – although Tavecchio won’t go away. He has hit 46-of-53 at camp for 86-and-a-half percent, despite missing a pair at practice yesterday and a 49-yard attempt in Green Bay’s exhibition win over Saint Louis on Saturday night.
Packers’ rookie Micah Hyde will get a chance this week to become Green Bay’s punt returner for the regular season opener at San Francisco on September eighth. Hyde, a fifth-round rookie corner, returned punts during his final two college seasons at Iowa with a career average of almost eight-yards per return. He caught over a dozen punts at practice yesterday without a muff. Hyde is being given an opportunity because Green Bay’s other possible punt returners have not exactly shined at Training Camp. Randall Cobb has been dealing with an injured bicep. Jeremy Ross and rookie Johnathan Franklin have both struggled in their auditions. Coach Mike McCarthy says Hyde is a “great example” of what a punt returner should be. He did not drop any of his 13 punt returns during his senior year at Iowa. Hyde had a 13-yard punt return on Saturday night at Saint Louis.