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Veteran Bills placekicker Rian Lindell could be available later this month General manager Ted Thompson chose not to use unrestricted free agency or the draft to solve his problem at kicker, so now the Green Bay Packers will have to wait until the end of training camp to upgrade the position. The alternative is to go into the season with either Mason Crosby or Giorgio Tavecchio, who are currently involved in a competition that’s about as entertaining as watching paint dry. Crosby missed 5 of 8 field goal attempts in the Family Night scrimmage. Even more alarming – can it get any more alarming? – is the fact that some of the kicks weren’t even close despite ideal weather conditions. I was one of Crosby’s biggest supporters prior to last season, and I still think he’s going to have a long and successful career. It just isn’t going to happen in Green Bay. He needs to get away. Away from special teams coordinator Shaun Slocum. Away from the media. Away from teammates. Away. Tavecchio hit 6 of 7 on Saturday night and has been pretty accurate through the first week of camp. But the little lefty has a pop-gun leg. His balls come out and stay low, and even in perfect conditions, barely have enough juice to go 50 yards. Keeping Tavecchio would probably also mean having Tim Masthay kick off, and do the Packers really need to screw around with their best punter since the 1990s? There aren’t many kickers on the street today, but that’ll change by the end of the month. Buffalo and Miami both have two good ones in training camp. Rian Lindell (Bills) and Dan Carpenter (Dolphins) are attempting to hold off draft picks Dustin Hopkins and Caleb Sturgis, respectively. Either veteran would be an upgrade. Of the two, Lindell would probably be the preferred choice. Despite turning 36 in January, he’s coming off a season in which he connected on 21 of 24 field goal attempts. And while he doesn’t have a huge leg, he’s deadly accurate within 50 yards and he’s extremely comfortable kicking in terrible weather. Carpenter is younger (28 in November) and has a stronger leg, but he’s not quite as accurate. Then again, his 81.5% conversion rate in 2012 was significantly better than Crosby’s career average of 76.8%. I know it’s tough to root against a Packer, but the best thing that can happen is for Crosby to continue to struggle. He’ll be back if he starts making kicks, and if he’s back, it’s only a matter of time before he blows a game. And faced with a very challenging schedule, a shank in October could keep the Packers home in January.
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Q: Don't you think that Mason Crosby has just lost "it," and with as many kickers that are running around after every graduating class, why does McCarthy put up with it? (Crosby) has become a huge negative and unnecessarily so.
-- Bill Gailbreath, Madison, WI
Q: The individual position that is a problem is the kicker. Which team should we be looking at the kicker competition...
Aaron Rodgers may be the most accurate quarterback in football, and displayed that accuracy during training camp this week by tossing the football smoothly through a target 50 yards away while a large crowd looked on.
Rodgers of course had no major reaction to the feat.
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We reported earlier today that Packers running back Eddie Lacy wasn’t practicing today.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that Lacy is sidelined with a pulled hamstring, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
I’m sure Lacy won’t be playing in this week’s preseason game.
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Chang was sick and Rob had the squirts, so we’re a day late (sorry), but here to give our take on the latest from Packers training camp. In this episode we discuss Mason Crosby, Vince Young, Bryan Bulaga’s injury, ask “Is the sky falling?” and get a first hand account of Family Night from Colleen.”
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