Mason Crosby has been one of the most consistent things about Green Bay for a decade and a half. There have been two exceptions to that decade and a half, 2012 and 2021. Last year was Crosby’s worst year in nearly a decade. He finished 25/34 (73.5%), but most notably he was only 7/12 on kicks over 40 yards. Something Crosby has excelled at throughout his career.
Who is Dominik Eberle?
In 2021 Eberle played for the Houston Texans. He only attempted three kicks all season. He wen 2/3. His lone miss came from 50+ yards out. He made one from 50+ yards out and he made one chip shot 20+ yard field goal. He went 5/5 with extra points, and he averaged 63 yards per kickoff with a 37.5% touchback rate. For comparison, Crosby has averaged 62.7 yards per kickoff and a 37.8% touchback rate.
Eberle’s college years:
Eberle had an impressive career at Utah State. From 2016 to 2019 he never missed an extra point (167/167). For field goals he made an impressive 79% of them (64/81). Eberle improved every year while in college. 2016: 60%, 2017: 75%, 2018: 78.6%, 2019: 87.5%.
What can we expect this off-season?
Crosby may be on the hot seat this off-season more than years past, but is it likely Green Bay actually moves on from him? It would take a lot for that to happen. Eberle being perfect and Crosby struggling mightily, to start.
Crosby had a down year last year, that is for sure. However it’s not as if 100% of the blame falls on him. There were bad snaps by Steven Wirtel, poor holds by Corey Bojorquez, and a field goal blocking team that broke down on several occasions. The special teams from top to bottom last year was abysmal. It’s not unusual for Green Bay to have two kickers in training camp. It has been normal over the years. Having an extra kicker gives Crosby a break over the course of the summer. Kicking every field goal or kick-off attempt would be exhausting.
At this point it is worth watching the kicking competition, but we have to keep in mind that Crosby will have a massive “leg up” from the start.