Packers release Giorgio Tavecchio, but McCarthy could bring him back
Giorgio Tavecchio, Mason Crosby.Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - After the signing of Packers kicker Zach Ramirez, there was expectation that the kicking battle would be a three-way battle between Ramirez, Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio.
Initially, it appeared it would not be the case Monday afternoon, as the Packers have released Tavecchio.
However, Coach Mike McCarthy said Tavecchio could find his way back, despite not being on the roster anymore.
Speculation abounded after he was not seen at practice Monday.
Roster the Packers handed out still has 85 players but I don't see Tavecchio anywhere.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 26, 2013
Seeing two of the three kickers. Crosby and Ramirez in the house. Not Tavecchio.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) August 26, 2013
I don't see Tavecchio out here. Could be ominous sign. Crosby and Ramirez are present.— Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) August 26, 2013
Don't see Tavecchio on field— Pete Dougherty (@PeteDougherty) August 26, 2013
There was no way the #Packers would have gone into the final preseason game with 3 kickers anyway. It was inevitable at least 1 would be cut— Brian Carriveau (@BrianCarriveau) August 26, 2013
However, Mike McCarthy said Monday he could bring Tavecchio into camp again.
"He's still part of the competition. We're at the point where we need to cut to 75. We'll take the final cut all the way down to tomorrow," said McCarthy.
"The kicking competition is not over. We feel like we have a handle on where Giorgio is, his capabilities...there is a scenario that we may bring him back."