Packers kicker may not be on roster yet

AP

The Packers have been holding a kicking competition throughout training camp, but the eventual winner of it may not be on the roster yet.

That was the message from General Manager Ted Thompson on Tuesday. Thompson said that he thought Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio have both done a “good job,” but he mitigated that compliment a bit when he said that both men looked like “representative” kickers later in the same answer. He did more than mitigate it when he answered a question about whether someone not yet on the team might wind up booting extra points and field goals this year.

“We’ll see. Never stop looking,” Thompson said, via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Veterans Dan Carpenter and Rian Lindell have recently hit the open market and teams with multiple kickers will likely start cutting loose their also-rans in the near future, so the Packers will certainly have options. Crosby made a paltry 63.6 percent of his field goals last season, although he’s been more reliable in the other five years of his career, while Tavecchio has never tried a kick in a regular season game.

24 responses to “Packers kicker may not be on roster yet

  1. Crosby is on a 90%+ success streak and is 80+% through the preseason. Tavecchio is barely behind.

    This is Ted Thompson. You expect him to discuss team business candidly outside the building with a reporter?

  2. OK…I looked and you guys have been pretty positive about the Pack in the last week. Sorry about that.

  3. Can’t we just kidnap Blair Walsh’s foot and tape it on Crosby’s leg or something?

    There’s gotta be some sort of voodoo magic out there that makes kickers accurate.

  4. Crosby is an enigma. McCarthy based on comments yesterday is 100% behind Crosby while Ted gives this comment. I really dont understand the facination with him as a kicker. In 6 years he only had one season where he finished better than the bottom 1/4 in the league. Last year was putrid yet he retained his job. What benefited him I believe is playing behind such a good offense, rarely was a game to be decided by a field goal. With his salary and his past % there are definately better options.

  5. The thing that is hard to deal with about Crosby is that even when he is making kicks, they are seldom right down the middle (even his extra points) and they sometimes draw a little, and sometimes fade a little. I wonder if he knows what’s going to happen when he kicks the ball, and if not, how does he know where to aim? Most kickers have a little draw on their ball, so they start it just a bit outside center to start, but with Crosby, that often results in a kick that is wide right. Field goals are nervous moments for Packer fans.

  6. Isnt it ironic spielman that with your username the viking GM which you brag about, does such an inadequate job drafting he takes Teds castoffs yet you mock Ted? Your jealousy has you spinning in circles.

  7. No way should they sign Longwell, he has absolutely zero range left. I say check out Lindell or give Crosby the benefit of the doubt again.

  8. “I would pick Rian Lindell over Dan Carpenter because of his experience in cold weather”

    Dan Carpenter was a 2-time All-American kicking for the Montana Grizzlies in college, so he has plenty of experience in cold weather. Plus, he is only 27 years old to Rian’s 36. I like both kickers, but if TT makes a kicking switch, he’ll go for a younger one before an older one.

  9. mjw9326mjw9326 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 2:12 PM
    I would love to see Lindell picked up. He is a really class guy. Unfortunately, his leg strength is not what it once was. He can’t hit the long ones anymore.

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————– well crosby can’t make any of them consistently so if he can make them from the 30 or closer on a regular basis, i would be good with that.

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