Green Bay Packers: Future Of Kicking Position Gets Exciting Update

This 2024 Green Bay Packers are going to be something special.  In spite of expectations that the Packers would be in a rebuilding year, they ended up being one of the four remaining NFC teams.  In addition, they missed out on the conference championship by three points.

Green Bay Packers: Future Of Kicking Position Gets Exciting Update (Report)

The young Packers offense led by Jordan Love proved it is capable of scoring against any defense.  In a statement released today, Brian Gutekunst revealed what the kicker situation in Green Bay will look like moving forward.

Green Bay Packers GM Reveals What Anders Carlson’s Future Looks Like With Team

Anders Carlson's first career field goal: Good from 52 yards at Soldier  Field - Yahoo Sports

According to Ryan Wood of USA Today:

Brian Gutekunst on why he didn’t add a veteran kicker last season instead of keeping rookie Anders Carlson in place: “He was the best option by far.” There’s competition for Carlson now, but Gutekunst still optimistic about his young kicker’s future.

As soon as the regular season began, Carlson found his game. In first five games of his career, he made every field goal he attempted (7-7) and went 10 for 10 on extra points. Three of those field goals were from 50 yards or farther, including a 53-yarder that set a season high. He scored the winning extra point in the Packers’ 18-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints in Week 3.

Anders Carlson Proved To Be A Rookie As The Season Progressed

Green Bay Packers: Future Of Kicking Position Gets Exciting Update (Report)

However, Carlson’s performance deteriorated after that. Ten of the Packers’ final 12 games were marred by at least one missed kick. A league-high five extra points were missed, as were six field goal attempts.

Inconsistent performance by Packers long snapper Matt Orzech didn’t help. Carlson didn’t gain confidence and comfort from his failure to provide good snaps.

Heading into the postseason, the Packers made it clear they would not replace Carlson. “We’ve got a lot of confidence in him,” coach Matt LaFleur said. “Yeah, you’d like him to make every kick, no doubt about it, but I think it’s part of the growth process. A lot of young [players], especially kickers, go through some trials and tribulations, unfortunately.

However, what’s exciting is the competition he will now face in Green Bay.  It’s also worth noting that legendary kicker Mason Crosby didn’t make 80% of his kicks in a season until 2011 (his fifth year in the league).

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