Why is Mason Crosby kicking for Giants?

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Mason Crosby, the veteran kicker, is poised to make his season debut for the Giants, marking a significant return to the field after a period of uncertainty following his departure from the Packers.

Crosby’s arrival in New York comes at a critical juncture for the Giants, who have grappled with kicker injuries throughout the season. The team recently lost Cade York to a leg injury, adding to a string of kicker setbacks that included Randy Bullock replacing Graham Gano earlier in the season. Bullock has also been placed on injury reserve due to a hamstring injury, while Gano underwent knee surgery in November, ending his season prematurely.

Despite not having played a game this season and facing challenges adjusting to a new team, Crosby is a renowned figure, having spent an illustrious tenure with the Green Bay Packers, earning a status as a beloved figure among fans.

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Crosby was drafted by the Packers in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He solidified his place as the starting kicker for Green Bay, making an impact from his rookie season onwards. Notably, his NFL debut resulted in a victory against the Eagles, where he sealed the game with a game-winning 42-yard field goal.

For 16 seasons, Crosby remained a constant presence exclusively with the Green Bay Packers, becoming a franchise mainstay. However, after the 2022 season, he departed from the Packers as they drafted his successor, Anders Carlson. Crosby briefly joined the Rams’ practice squad in December of the current season but was waived after a short six-day stint. His opportunity to kick again this season materializes with the Giants, who have struggled with kicker injuries and lost three kickers to various setbacks.

Throughout his illustrious career spanning 225 games, Crosby’s contributions have been noteworthy, earning him a place in Green Bay’s record books with 1,918 points, setting the all-time points record for the team. He boasts 395 successful field goals, representing an 81.4 percent conversion rate, ranking him 14th in NFL history. Notably, since the NFL moved the extra point attempt back to the 15-yard line in 2015, Crosby has showcased remarkable accuracy, converting 95.4 percent of his point-after attempts during this period.

 

Here’s how Crosby did over the last five seasons.

Year FG FG% Long PATs
2018 30-37 81.1% 53 34-36
2019 22-24 91.7% 54 40-41
2020 16-16 100% 57 59-63
2021 25-34 73.5% 54 49-51
2022 25-29 86.2% 56 37-39