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Packers kicker may not be on roster yet

Mason Crosby

Green Bay Packers’ Mason Crosby during NFL football training camp Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


The Packers have been holding a kicking competition throughout training camp, but the eventual winner of it may not be on the roster yet.

That was the message from General Manager Ted Thompson on Tuesday. Thompson said that he thought Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio have both done a “good job,” but he mitigated that compliment a bit when he said that both men looked like “representative” kickers later in the same answer. He did more than mitigate it when he answered a question about whether someone not yet on the team might wind up booting extra points and field goals this year.

“We’ll see. Never stop looking,” Thompson said, via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Veterans Dan Carpenter and Rian Lindell have recently hit the open market and teams with multiple kickers will likely start cutting loose their also-rans in the near future, so the Packers will certainly have options. Crosby made a paltry 63.6 percent of his field goals last season, although he’s been more reliable in the other five years of his career, while Tavecchio has never tried a kick in a regular season game.