Packers' punter competition impacts Mason Crosby too

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If Tim Masthay doesn't retain the Green Bay Packers' punting job, kicker Mason Crosby's life will change too.

Masthay has been Crosby's holder on field goals and extra points since 2010. So far in training camp, Crosby has made all 10 of his kicks with Masthay holding. However, with Masthay’s competitor for the punting job, Cody Mandell, as the holder, Crosby is just 4-of-8.

During the second field goal period of camp on Monday, Crosby had a 33-yarder blocked (by Datone Jones) and missed a 50-yarder wide left -- both with Mandell on the hold, although Crosby refused to blame either one on the hold.

"I think it's just the fact that Tim and I have worked together going on six years, and Cody and I just have limited reps," Crosby said. "We're working through some of that. Today, I thought was a better day all around. The longer one looked like it went right over the post. It was close."

Special teams coach Ron Zook adjusted the kicking pattern from the first day, when each holder handled two kicks in a row. On Monday, they alternated on every kick.

"For me, I kind of liked how it went today switching back and forth on every one," Crosby said. "I didn't look at who's holding. I just kind of have to look at the ball, where it's placed and just do my process. Can't really worry about all that stuff."

The Packers signed Mandell shortly after last season, when Masthay turned in the lowest net average (37.0 yards) of his career.

The punting competition is in its infancy. On Monday, Masthay had three punts. The first was a 45-yarder with 3.8 seconds of hang time followed by his worst punt of camp so far, a 30-yarder with just 3.0 seconds of hang time. He rebounded with a towering 43-yarder that hung for 5.0 seconds. Mandell's two punts were 47 yards (4.6 seconds) and 52 yards (4.2 seconds).

Here are some other notes from Monday's session:

  • Rollins returns: Second-round pick Quinten Rollins practiced for the first time. He missed the first three practices because of a hamstring that landed him on the non-football injury list to start camp. The cornerback was on a limited snap count. "Really wanted to treat him more like what the rest of the team was treated like in Day 1," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

  • Two-minute drill: First-round pick Damarious Randall picked off Aaron Rodgers in the end zone to give the defense the win in the first two-minute drill of camp. On first-and-goal from the 8-yard line with 28 seconds left, Rodgers was going for Davante Adams, but Randall made the diving interception. The offense won the second try with backup quarterback Scott Tolzien. He threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Myles White over cornerback LaDarius Gunter.

  • Hundley improves: After a slow start, fifth-round pick Brett Hundley had his best showing so far. Hundley made a pair of impressive throws in the red-zone period. He hit Jeff Janis for a 6-yard touchdown on a fade route, then threw a 3-yard touchdown to Ty Montgomery. "He just needs reps," McCarthy said of Hundley. "I think he definitely has improved from the OTAs to this point, and that's what you’re looking for."

  • Perry’s progress: Outside linebacker Nick Perry didn't show any ill effects from missing the entire offseason program because of shoulder surgery during the one-on-one drill. He came back to beat starting left tackle David Bakhtiari with a power move after Bakhtiari blocked him on their first rep.

  • Sitton's status: Left guard Josh Sitton didn't take any of the one-on-one reps, but he returned to the team periods after skipping those the last two practices.

  • Injury update: McCarthy said receiver Jared Abbrederis (concussion) has improved, but did not offer a timetable for his return. Others who missed practice were receiver Adrian Coxson (concussion), receiver Ricky Collins (heel), running back John Crockett (ankle), linebacker Clay Matthews (knee), guard Matt Rotheram (ankle) and outside linebacker Mike Neal (abdomen).