Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Packers won't commit to a kicker yet
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- With so much focus on the head-to-head competition between incumbent Mason Crosby and challenger Giorgio Tavecchio, it’s easy to forget one thing: It’s possible neither one will be the Green Bay Packers’ opening-day kicker.
While Crosby has come on strong of late, as was noted in Monday’s practice report, Packers general manager Ted Thompson on Tuesday would not commit to the idea that his kicker is one of those two.
“We’ll see,” Thompson said during his weekly training camp session with reporters. “Never stop looking.”
Some teams already have begun cutting kickers, and the rest with multiple kickers in camp will do so over the next 11 days, so Thompson and his staff will have to decide whether any of the available kickers would be better than either Crosby or Tavecchio.
This is the third time during Thompson’s tenure as general manager that he’s had to pick a kicker. In 2006, he selected Dave Rayner over Billy Cundiff after the first preseason game. In 2007, he waited until the final cuts to release Rayner in favor of Crosby.
“It’s just when you get comfortable with the decision,” Thompson said.
Apparently, Thompson hasn’t reached that point just yet.