The Los Angeles Rams are bringing in a 16-year veteran kicker, after current kicker Lucas Havrisik has been struggling the last few weeks. Mason Crosby was signed Wednesday morning to LA’s practice squad via NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, with expectations that he will be activated for Sunday’s game vs the Baltimore Ravens.
Crosby is 39 years old, but this will only be his second team in the NFL after a long stint with the Green Bay Packers. The fact that Crosby had played for so long with one team speaks to the success he’s had as a starter in the NFL over an extended period of time. While he may not have the same distance he did as a younger player, only completing 1-4 field goals over 50 yards in 2022, Crosby is still a very consistent kicker, going 25-29 on field goals last season, while making 94% of his extra points.
The #Rams are signing veteran K Mason Crosby to their practice squad with the intention of moving him up to the active roster in the near future, source says. After 16 years kicking for the #Packers, the 39-year-old Crosby will suit up for his second NFL team. pic.twitter.com/1N1JdQX9Mr— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 6, 2023
With Los Angeles back in the playoff picture, the team looks as though they are determined to find more reliability from their special teams unit. Crosby is a previous Super Bowl winning kicker, and has never missed a game in his entire career due to injury.
The Rams have problems kicking all year after letting previous kicker Matt Gay sign with the Indianapolis Colts in a cap saving move. They started the season with former Cowboys kicker Brett Maher, who was cut in favor of Havrisik.
Havrisik was given a vote of confidence by head coach Sean McVay after missing a 48-yard field goal and extra point against the Arizona Cardinals:
“I think you got to be able to learn from it. I like his resolve. There is a lot of things to really like about him and what we’ve seen in a short amount of time and the confidence, the swagger. Just the overall ability where the ball jumps off his leg,” McVay said. “That’s not the sturdiest surface where you don’t always necessarily trust your plant leg in some of those situations and scenarios, but I think it’s a great learning opp. ‘Hey, man. Trust your technique. Trust your fundamentals. Let’s be as consistent as we can with our approach and our stroke as it relates to when we’re getting into those extra point or field goal attempts.’ I’m confident he can rebound the right way. I think it would be way too early to press the panic button, but we do want to see an improvement, but also an ability to be able to move on.”
Unfortunately for Havrisik, he missed another field goal this week against Cleveland and it looks as though it may have been the final straw. While Havrisik is still currently on the roster, it remains to be seen if he will be moved in order to bring Crosby up to the active roster.