While Green Bay Packers veteran kicker Mason Crosby pulled out all the stops and kicked some you-know-what while punching footballs through the uprights over the past few days, there is one person who might be very happy - that's Giovani Tavecchio.
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said yesterday that the door had not been closed on Tavecchio, despite being released as part of the team’s plan to get down to the league maximum of 75 players by this afternoon. General Manager Ted Thompson confirmed that today.
After Crosby’s recent run of success on the practice field – he’s been 24-of-25 over the past two days and is also 4-for-4 in preseason games – he’s got to hold the advantage. But it still doesn’t cut Tavecchio out of the equation. We all know that Crosby has seemingly been a head case the past year or so. Do the Packers take the chance he won’t revert to that level of performance or do they count on him being the kicker they have seen the past couple of days?
Tavecchio is wondering, too. But he’s got to be happy that the kicker the Packers brought in on Sunday, Zachary Ramirez, was pathetic in practice today. He converted only 6-of-16 today and has been 16-of-27 over the past two days.
In fact, throughout camp, it was Tavecchio who had the best success rate (56-of-64, 87.5 percent) during camp. Crosby, including his most recent string of success, was 67-of-81 (82.7 percent).
Rob Demovsky of ESPN tweeted it best when he shot this out into cyberspace:
Somewhere in California, Giorgio Tavecchio is sipping some vino and giggling.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 27, 2013
With that said, it appears that the Zachary Ramirez experiment is all but over. Because Tavecchio is out of state, that leaves incumbent Crosby as the apparent winner of the competition … at least for now.
But hold on … Tavecchio could still become a factor.
Stand by …