Giorgio Tavecchi shows up Mason Crosby at packed Lambeau
While Crosby hit just 2-of-6 field goals, as the two alternated kicks from the same distances, Tavecchio made 5-of-6 of his field goals in that period. Cosby is being challenged for the starting kicking job for the first time in training camp, since his rookie season, by first-year hopeful Tavecchio. So Saturday’s performance isn’t really helping his case to retain the job this season.
"Mason Crosby is competing for a job on our football team, like everyone else," Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after the scrimmage. “He definitely didn’t take a step in the right direction with his performance.”
Crosby missed from field goal attempts from 33, 36, 43, 48 as well as 53 yards, and only converted from 40, 47 and 51 yards. Admittedly, Crosby had better days in front of the hometown fans, with a record number crowd of 63,047 showing up for Green Bay's annual Family Night.
"I've been hitting the ball well (this preseason). Obviously, I'm extremely disappointed with how I hit it tonight. I'll have to evaluate that, break it down and then. I can't think about things like that,” Cosby said. “"I just have to go in, now I've got to work on things and make sure I hit the ball through the uprights. That's all I can really worry about and focus on right now."
The 28-year-old insisted that his frequency of misses in the scrimmage was not a reminiscence of his struggles of converting on field goals last season as Cosby finished as the NFL’s worst kicker at 63.6 percent.
"Man, I'm way past that. It was just a night I didn't hit the ball the way I wanted to, I didn't hit it on the lines I wanted to,” Cosby said. “I had great lift, I hit some good balls, but I just picked some bad lines."
McCarthy said Saturday’s scrimmage was important as the Packers intended to evaluate Cosby under game-like conditions with the crowd encouraged to cheer and yell during the kicking segments, with impending roster decision to be made.
"That's what Family Night's for. He'll be evaluated,” McCarthy said. “He's definitely got to do better than that because that's not going to cut it."
Meanwhile, Tavecchio who made an overall 6-of-7 field in scrimmage, while kicking for the first time at Lanbeau turf deduced he had a “decent day out there,” but wasn’t ready to declare himself as the early front-runner I the kicking battle at training camp. As a matter of fact, Tavecchio felt empathy for Crosby as he stood across his camp adversary, during his misses at the end of the scrimmage.
"I feel for him. He's a fellow kicker, and I thought he struck the ball well today,” Tavecchio said. “I think he struck the ball better than I did, but the results don't show that, and that's the frustrating part as a kicker."