Packers' under-the-radar special teams making strides

Posted Dec. 16, 2011 @ 1:36 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

Discussions on the 2011 Packers normally revolve around either the team's high-powered offense or low-ranked defense. Greatly overshadowed by those two units has been the special-teams unit, described as being "middle of the road" by one team insider, who adds, "But in Green Bay, that's a big improvement." Primarily responsible for the improvement in the uneven special teams from a year ago at this time is second-round rookie Randall Cobb, who wasted no time emerging as a threat to go the distance every time he returned a kick — a luxury the Packers haven't enjoyed in a long time. In addition, PK Mason Crosby is having his best season after receiving a new contract, Tim Masthay once again is doing his best punting in the most meaningful situations and high-motor gunner Jarrett Bush warrants serious Pro Bowl consideration, according to sources on the scene.