The Green Bay Packers kicker competition is at least for now down to two, veteran Mason Crosby and recently-signed Zachary Ramirez, because the team released Giorgio Tavecchio this morning.
However, Head Coach Mike McCarthy said after practice today that he had a chance to speak with Tavecchio and the the Italian-born kicker is still part of the competition and may be brought back.
Here are a couple of tweets from those covering McCarthy’s statements early this afternoon:
McCarthy said he told Tavecchio that he’s “still part of the competition. … The kicking competition isn’t over.” Interesting twist. #Packers
— Paul Imig (@Paulimig) August 26, 2013
McCarthy told Tavecchio that he’s still part of the competition, even though he was cut. Had to get to 75. Kicking competition isn’t over.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 26, 2013
The writing on the wall for both Crosby and Tavecchio came Sunday morning when the Packers announced that they had signed Ramirez, who was in for a tryout.
Later yesterday morning, the intensity was turned up even more when a competition between the three was held. The three went head-to-head with Crosby and Ramirez tying and Tavecchio coming in one field goal behind.
Here are the distances, each kicker’s results:
Each player had 11 kicks from 35, 41, 45, 48, 50, 34, 39, 47, 53, 60, 63. Crosby was 10 for 11 (miss from 53); Ramirez was 10 for 11 (with a miss from 45); and Tavecchio was 9 for 11 (misses from 45 and 63).
Apparently that was enough to get him cut as the team attempts to finalize the competition this week. Most likely, the winner of the competition will come down to Thursday night when the Packers play their final preseason game at Kansas City. Will Tavecchio be a part of that equation or would they bring him back after that competition?
Those praising Ramirez have been impressed with his leg strength, but judging by the results of yesterday’s competition his accuracy is pretty good.
Crosby, who has been highly inconsistent showed that yesterday when he connected on all but one try, while last week in practice he missed three makeable field goals in a row.
Clearly, management has not been happy with Crosby and weren’t convinced with Tavecchio, thus the signing of Ramirez.
Stay tuned …