GREEN BAY, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) The Green Bay Packer players are taking their normal Tuesday off, before they start getting ready for their home season opener on Sunday against Washington.
The Packers have a lot to work on, following their 34-28 loss at San Francisco last Sunday. A big priority is to go longer on kickoff returns. Aaron Rodgers and the Packer offense started their drives at their own 16-yard line on average. The goal is to start past the 20 at the very least. Special teams' blocker Jarrett Bush said his unit needs to be better and quote, "We will." Two poor returns stand out against the 49'ers. Jeremy Ross missed an apparent signal to stay in the end zone on one kickoff -- so he hesitated before running it out to the eight. An illegal block brought it back to the four. In the fourth quarter, Ross took the ball out from four-yards deep, but missed blocks caused Ross to be tackled at the nine.
The Packers had a somewhat better showing when they alternated Ross with Randall Cobb on punt returns. Special teams' coach Shawn Slocum says the platoon will continue in certain situations. He also said punter Tim Masthay would continue to make kickoffs. Slocum said Mason Crosby is also a good kickoff specialist, but the Packers want him to focus on making field goals.