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Pre-draft picture: Questions linger for Packers at specialist

Kicking situation remains unsettled; Jack Coco and Matt Orzech set to compete at long snapper

P Pat O'Donnell & LS Jack Coco
P Pat O'Donnell & LS Jack Coco

"Pre-draft picture" is a position-by-position look at the Packers' roster heading into the 2023 NFL Draft. The series concludes with the specialists.

GREEN BAY – On the eve of the 2023 NFL Draft, all is quiet on the Packers' kicking front.

Green Bay's all-time leading scorer Mason Crosby remains unsigned, leaving rookie Parker White as the only kicker currently on the Packers' offseason roster.

Crosby, who turns 39 in September, converted 25-of-29 field goals (86.2%) and 37-of-39 extra points (94.9%) last season, while pushing his franchise record to 256 consecutive games played. His 1,918 career points are 11th most all-time in NFL history.

Green Bay has not drafted a kicker since taking Crosby in the sixth round out of Colorado in 2007.

White, 24, signed a futures deal with Green Bay in January after the team opted not to extend contract offers to either Ramiz Ahmed or Matt Ammendola, the two kickers who finished last season on the Packers' practice squad.

White is the all-time leading scorer at South Carolina (368 points) and holds the school record with 60 career games played. He attended rookie minicamp with Kansas City and Tampa Bay last spring but didn't sign a contract. White also worked out for the Packers last August.

The 6-foot-4, 207-pound kicker made 72-of-99 field goals and 152-of-154 extra-point attempts, which both rank as the most conversions in South Carolina history. White converted six fourth-quarter or overtime game-winning field goals in five seasons with the Gamecocks.

While the kicking situation remains fluid, the Packers appear set at punter with 10-year veteran Pat O'Donnell returning for a second season in Green Bay.

O'Donnell punted 52 times for 2,313 yards (44.5-yard gross average, 38.9-yard net) last season, including 24 punts downed inside the 20. The 6-foor-4, 220-pound punter also provided stability as a holder for Crosby, whose field-goal accuracy jumped 12 percentage points from 2021 to 2022.

One competition that is already underway comes at long snapper, where former veteran Matt Orzech is set to challenge incumbent Jack Coco.

Coco won the job last summer after originally participating in the Packers' rookie minicamp on tryout. The former Georgia Tech tight end played in all 17 games, recording a tackle in punt coverage.

Orzech, 27, has played in 50 games over three NFL seasons, winning a Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams in 2021. Prior to his time in LA, Orzech broke into the league with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019.

Meanwhile, the Packers have retained a bulk of their special-teams coverage players. All-Pro returner Keisean Nixon, safeties Rudy Ford and Dallin Leavitt linebacker Eric Wilson, cornerback Corey Ballentine and tight end Tyler Davis were all re-signed.

The Packers also added former San Francisco safety Tarvarius Moore, who played nearly 1,110 special-teams snaps during his five seasons with the 49ers. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety recorded eight coverage tackles in 13 games in 2022.

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