Mason Crosby Q&A

Rookie kicker talks about experience thus far, competition, and preparations for training camp

Mason Crosby is viewed by some to win the Green Bay Packers kicking job this season over incumbent Dave Rayner. Crosby was selected by the Packers in the sixth round of the NFL draft in April.

Thus far in minicamps and Organized Team Activities practices, Crosby and Rayner have been limited to individual kicking on the side. Both, however, kicked field goals in team drills last week and are expected to do the same this week.

"I'm enjoying it," said Crosby, who finished as the University of Colorado's all-time scorer with 307 points. "I'm getting better and working on little things all the time to improve myself."

Crosby took time after an OTA practice last week to answer questions from PackerReport.com's Todd Korth and other members of the media in the Packers locker room:

Q: Is the competition different at this level, or the same as college?
MC:
"It's the same. You can't make it more than it is. When I'm on the field, I feel comfortable. You just have to zone everything else out."

Q: How often do you and Dave Rayner kick field goals in practice?
MC:
"Actually, yesterday (June 6) and today (June 7) were our first with the team. Pretty much everyday we'll go out and do individual stuff, snap and hold. It's more just practice and stuff like that. But today and yesterday we (each) kicked four or five field goals with the team. We're not going to kick a ton in OTA's with the team, so we just have to get ready for training camp when we'll kick a lot and have a lot of competition."

Q: From what you've been told, what is it like kicking at Lambeau Field in December?
MC:
"Oh, man, cold and windy, and everything is about the wind is all you hear here. I've noticed that on the practice fields and stuff. That's something you can't control. I look at it as a good challenge and to keep my focus up."

Q: It drops below freezing in Boulder (Colo.) right?
MC:
"Oh, yeah. I've had games below 32 degrees. It's stuff that you never really get used to, but can kind of cope with and visually prepare for it every game before it happens."

Q: What do you think will be the difference between kicking in Colorado and kicking here?
MC:
"I'm trying to do the same thing. Kicking with the team feels the same. I feel comfortable out there. I do the same thing I did in college and plan on making kicks."

Q: Are you used to an environment where every kick in practice is analyzed (by the media)?
MC:
"That's kind of how it is. Every kick in a game is going to be watched and seen, so every time I step on the practice field right now, I have to have the game mindset and prepare the same way."

Q: How different is it for a kicker in practice in the NFL as compared to in college?
MC:
"The special teams coach (Mike Stock) here is a little more involved and everything. At Colorado, the special teams was ran by committee, all different coaches took it. We didn't have one coach watching over the kickers, guiding us and watching our kicks, which I like. It keeps you focused."

Q: After the OTA practices, will you do any kicking on your own until the start of training camp on July 28?
MC:
"I plan on doing a lot. I've got to get my legs in great shape coming into training camp, that's the thing. You almost want to over-kick in July just to get your legs ready and in shape. You kick every day in training camp, so it's going to be a long process and a lot of kicks. You've got to make sure your legs are up for the challenge."


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