Giorgio Tavecchio has a shot. In 2012, Mason Crosby dealt his NFL career a near-fatal blow by converting on only 21 of 33 field goal attempts (63.6 percent). As the Green Bay Packers‘ long-time kicker, Crosby enjoyed no training camp competition over the past few seasons.
Not any more.
Despite Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s in-season assurances that Crosby was “his kicker,” the seven-year veteran must return to or exceed his career average of 76.8 percent accuracy to remain Green Bay’s kicker.
Enter Giorgio Tavecchio. The second-year undrafted free agent from California was signed by the Packers in March to provide competition to Crosby. He is in the rare position for a “street” free agent signee in that he realistically has a viable chance to earn a roster spot.
Simply put, if Crosby does not bounce back, he will be replaced. Kicker is one of the NFL’s most commutable positions — if Tavecchio out-kicks Crosby, the job will almost certainly be his.
Giorgio Tavecchio fast facts:
Age: 22 (7/16/1990)
Size: 5-foot-10, 182 pounds
Jersey: No. 7
Bio: Tavecchio was born in Milan, Italy. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012. He converted his only field goal attempt and added two PATs in three preseason games with the 49ers. The 49ers opted to retain veteran kicker David Akers and released Tavecchio before the start of the 2012 regular season. As a California Golden Bear, Tavecchio scored 256 points in 46 games.
Chances of making the Packers roster: Fair.
Practice squad eligible: Yes