October 24, 2014

Packers release Tavecchio, for now!

The Green Bay Packers released kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, which means the kicking battle in training camp is now down to just two, incumbant Mason Crosby and recently signed rookie free agent Zach Ramirez.

AUDIO: Mike McCarthy said there’s still more to come in the kicking battle :14

McCarthy told Tavecchio he’s still a part of the competition.  McCarthy said, “We’re at that point where we need to cut to 75. Obviously, we’ll take

Giorgio Tavecchio

Giorgio Tavecchio

the final cut all the way down to tomorrow.  The final cut down is just not clear to us.”

Crosby and Ramirez were both at practice this morning, but they didn’t kick.  The kicking competition will resume on Tuesday during practice.

Tavecchio hit roughly 86% of his field-goal attempts in practice and preseason games, compared to 80% for Crosby.  But Tavecchio doesn’t have the same leg strength as Crosby or Ramirez.

Mike McCarthy said the Packers wouldn’t likely get down to the NFL limit of 75 players until tomorrow.  The deadline is 3pm.