April 21, 2014

Ramirez adds to Packers kicking battle

Instead of getting ready to make a decision on their kicker for the regular season, the

Mason Crosby

Mason Crosby

Packers have added a third kicker to the mix.

After working out for the Packers on Saturday, Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy decided to sign Ramirez to a contract to allow him to compete with Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio for the kicking job in Green Bay.

All three kickers competed together for the first time at practice on Sunday.  They kicked from 11 different spots on the field from 34 to 63 yards.  Each kicker got 11 attempts.  Crosby made 10 of 11, missing from 53 yards.  Tavecchio made 9 of 11, missing from 45 and 63.  Ramirez hit 10 of 11, missing from 53.

The Packers came calling for Ramirez last week already.

AUDIO: Ramirez on the process of coming to Green Bay :08

Ramirez kicked collegiately at Portland State and was the Big Sky’s top kicker in 2011.

Mason Crosby said it’s tough kicking for his job, but he only has himself to blame.

AUDIO: Crosby isn’t thinking about losing his job :19

Mike McCarthy said Crosby had his best practice kicking yesterday.  He made his only field goal try in Friday’s game, hitting from 38-yards out against Seattle.