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Packers sign Giorgio Tavecchio adding kicking competition for Mason Crosby

3/26/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

The Green Bay Packers signed free agent Giorgio Tavecchio to bring kicking completion in training camp for Mason Crosby after he struggled at the position last season, team general manager Ted Thompson announced on Tuesday.
 
The former University of Giorgio product Giorgio Tavecchio was one of at least three kickers the Green Bay Packers worked out this offseason. Giorgio Tavecchio will be in competition to unseat Mason Crosby after remaining virtually unchallenged for the position since his rookie season with the Green Bay Packers. The former Green Bay Packers sixth-round pick Mason Crosby beat out Dave Rayner for the job in 2007 training camp.
 
But Mason Crosby drastically slid after having the best season of his career in 2011. Mason Crosby only managed to convert a league low 63.6 percent (21-of-33) of his field goal attempts in 2012, a far cry from his previously over 75 percent career average. The 28-year-old Mason Crosby’s struggles last season also featured rolling into mid-season with 12 of 24 missed field goal attempts and missing at least a kick in eight consecutive games.
 
If Mason Crosby’s performance is anything like last season, Giorgio Tavecchio should get a start with the Green Bay Packers.
 
The 22-year-old Giorgio Tavecchio signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2012, and remained with the team through training camp as well as appearing in three preseason games. But Giorgio Tavecchio couldn’t make the regular season roster with the San Francisco 49ers.
 
However, Giorgio Tavecchio had very little chance of making the cuts in kicking competition against David Akers, who was fresh off a season in which he connected on 84.6 percent of his field-goal attempts, including 7-of-9 from 50 yards or beyond. David Akers finished the season leading the NFL in scoring with 166 points, while topping his performance with a Pro Bowl and All-Pro nod.
 
The 5-foot-10, 182-pound Giorgio Tavecchio been the University of California kicker in 46 games, while kicking a 75 percent of his field goal attempts (48-for-64) during those four seasons; including making 20 of 23 of his attempts during senior year in 2011.
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