Welcome to the fourth annual best and worst case scenarios for every player on the Green Bay Packers roster.
I attempt to take a look at what is the very best possible season a player is capable of producing, and on the other hand, what would happen if a player fell flat on his face (without assuming they suffer a season-ending injury). These are intended to be extreme scenarios on both sides of the spectrum. More than likely, each player is going to fall somewhere in the middle, but every now and then, they just so happen to come to fruition. Think Charles Woodson last year.
I also try to take a look at what these scenarios would be from an individual standpoint and not what’s best for the team. For example, parting ways with Justin Harrell may eventually be what’s in the best interest of the Packers. I’m more interested in looking at what’s in Justin Harrell’s best interests (or worst interests for that matter).
Yesterday we looked at the safeties. Today we’re onto the specialists...
- Best-case scenario: Thanks to a prolific offense, Crosby is one of NFL's highest scorers, if not the highest. But his field goal accuracy jumps up by a large amount as well. Sensing pressure to perform, Crosby has the best year of his professional career. He may not make the Pro Bowl, but his name starts thrown in the discussion of the best kickers in the NFC. He doesn't miss an extra point all year long, and he sets a career high in touchbacks on kickoffs.
- Worst-case scenario: Right hash, left hash, it doesn't matter. Crosby's field goal percentage is below 80 percent for the third consecutive year, and he buckles under the pressure. He's the Packers' kicker for better or worse this season. They're not going to cut him unless he only makes 60 percent of his field goals, but in his fourth year in the NFL, the team has a pretty good idea they'll be moving in a different direction by next season. His kickoffs leave a lot to be desired.
- Best-case scenario: Masthay is an improvement over Jeremy Kapinos. He has a decent average, both gross and net, and his hang time is acceptable. His get-off time improves as well. The Packers didn't find the next Craig Hentrich with Masthay, but they're in a lot better shape than they have been the past two years. He nails down the place kick holding position too.
- Worst-case scenario: The Kentucky product is the latest in a growing line of big-time punting mistakes. He's just as bad as Kapinos and Derrick Frost, maybe worse. The Packers have no choice but to keep Chris Bryan or look outside the organization.
- Best-case scenario: Bryan does a nice job adjusting to the NFL, very similar to fellow import Jon Ryan's first year with the Packers. Bryan proves to have a big-time leg and is good at pinning opponents inside the 20. With a little more time and experience, he might be as good as fellow Australian punter Darren Bennett.
- Worst-case scenario: His inexperience and inconsistency causes him to lose out on the punting job to Tim Masthay. The failed experiment of Chris Bryan teaches the Packers not to try and get creative in the punting position and instead look to go after proven punters with more experience. This may have been Bryan's first and only chance at winning a job in professional football int he United States.
- Best-case scenario: Goode doesn't have an errant snap all season long, which makes him among the most reliable long snappers in the game. If he can hustle down field and contribute a few tackles on punt coverage as well, that's gravy.
- Worst-case scenario: He's not getting cut, but Goode has at least two very poor snaps that lead to turnovers. If any of them costs the Packers a chance at victory, people will be calling for his head.
That concludes our best and worst case scenario series. That also means it's time for some football. Enjoy.
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