K Mason Crosby (6-1, 207; seventh season): Crosby started hot (5-for-5) and finished hot (6-for-6) but was a dismal 12-of-24 in between. Outside of missing a 51-yarder that would have sent the game at Indianapolis to overtime, his slump had no impact on the team's record. During his end-of-season surge, he connected from 51 yards at Minnesota. He is 10-of-12 (83.3 percent) for his career in the playoffs. He faces his first training camp battle since unseating Dave Rayner as a sixth-round pick in 2007.
K Giorgio Tavecchio (5-10, 182; first season): During four seasons at Cal, he made 48-of-64 field goals (75.0 percent). Alarmingly, he converted just 93.3 percent of his extra-point attempts. He had a cup of coffee with San Francisco last summer and made one chip-shot field goal.
P Tim Masthay (6-1, 200; fourth season): For the third consecutive year, Masthay set the franchise record for net punting average (38.9), and his 30 punts placed inside the 20 also set a record. He's one of the NFL's top punters. An excellent athlete who threw a touchdown pass against Chicago last season, he'll be challenged by holding for the right-footed Crosby and left-footed Tavecchio.
LS Brett Goode (6-1, 255; sixth season): Goode is the most anonymous player on the roster, which is exactly what you want from your snapper. In five seasons, he's never had a truly bad snap.
Total: 4. On 2012 opening roster: 3 (Crosby, Masthay, Goode).
Final prediction: 3 (Crosby, Masthay, Goode).