In our continued journey exploring the 2018 Green Bay Packers roster, we have covered both the offensive and defensive rosters. It’s time to discuss the Specialists.
Crosby is one of the best Kickers in the entire NFL, which is even more impressive since he has played his entire career kicking in the swirling winds and icy field at Lambeau. His leg is still very strong, his accuracy has been excellent the last few seasons, and he continues to be able to drive kickoffs through the end zone. There’s no competition in camp for Crosby and justifiably so.
Drafting a Punter in the 5th round means he is going to have high expectations. JK Scott has a massive leg, and has been demonstrating major hang time so far in training camp. He’s going to have to prove he can be a reliable holder for Crosby kicks, and that he can handle punting in the elements, but he may be a major factor in the field position battle for Green Bay. He handled many high pressure situations at Alabama. It is a bit of a surprise the Packers cut Justin Vogel, but it shows the confidence they have in Scott.
Bradley has to be the favorite to win the snapping job after being drafted, but a team with Super Bowl aspirations will have to pick the player who demonstrates the most consistency over the course of the preseason.
Green Bay will have to replace at least one gunner (and likely two unless Demetri Goodson can make the team at Cornerback). Special Teams is always the most underrated aspect of football teams, but Ron Zook’s unit will go a long way in the Packers’ pursuit of another Lombardi Trophy.
Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a host of the Pack-A-Day podcast and a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig