We all know the rocky season that Mason Crosby had last year – it was so bad, apparently that the Packers are serious about bringing in competition – all the way from Italy – via California.
Tavecchio is not the only kicker the Packers have considered this spring. They were also interested in free agent Michael Barnard and were said to have had him in for an audition, but didn’t offer him a contract.
At Cal, Tavecchio converted 48-of-64 field goals (75 percent).
The Italian kicker was in training camp with the San Francisco 49ers last season, but was cut in favor of David Akers – you know that guy who started the season by bouncing a 64-yarder off and over the crossbar against the Packers in the season-opener.
Akers had as bad of a season as Crosby in the end last year and was cut after the Super Bowl by the 49ers.
The Packers haven’t brought competition in to go up against Crosby since his rookie season – that’s when he won a fierce competition with Dave Rayner, who was the Packers incumbent kicker at the time. Crosby was a sixth-round pick in that 2007 draft.
Last year, Crosby struggled mightily – converting just 63.6 percent of his field goal attempts (21-of-33). Up until last year, the Packers’ kicker was never worse than 75 percent on his field goals.