The Green Bay Packers made the controversial and unpopular decision to move on from the franchise’s all-time leading scorer Mason Crosby. To replace him, the team drafted kicker Anders Carlson in the sixth round of the 2023 NFL Draft. It was somewhat ironic due to the fact that Crosby himself was a sixth round pick back in 2007.
The problem, though, is that Carlson has been inconsistent during training camp. Going into the preseason, media and fans knew very little about how Carlson looked during offseason practices, though Aaron Jones said Carlson was making some amazing kicks and that he was pumped to have him on the team.
However, he has also had some more low moments, including missing two extra point attempts in the Packers’ preseason game against the the Cincinnati Bengals. Carlson and the team are sticking to their process, though, understanding that they will figure it out soon.
A good sign that they are close came on Wednesday in their first joint practice with the New England Patriots.
Green Bay Packers Kicker Anders Carlson Has a Perfect Day vs. the New England Patriots
According to Andy Herman of Packer Report, Carlson was a perfect five-for-five on his field goal attempts during the team’s first joint practice with the Patriots:
Carlson from 33 good.
Carlson 40 – good.
Carlson 42 – good.
Carlson 48 – good.
Carlson 50 – good
A 5/5 day!
— Andy Herman (@AndyHermanNFL) August 16, 2023
It should be noted, however, that during the live period of practice, Carlson missed both of his field goal attempts. The first one went wide right from 40 yards out. The second, kicked into a stiff wind, was way short from 43 yards out.
Now, before fans take this news and, once again, demand Mason Crosby back, Patriots kicker Nick Folk also fought the wind during the live session and his kick during that time was no good as well.
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