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The duel resumes

by Mark Daniels

After a mystifying slump in 2012 in which he missed field goal attempts in six consecutive games, the Packers wanted to give Mason Crosby just a little push this summer.  For the first time since his rookie year, Crosby has some competition for the kicking job.  Giorgio Tavecchio, a first year free agent from California was brought in for the battle.   Last week, Tavecchio outkicked Crosby, only slightly, hitting five out of six, while Crosby hit four of six.   That only ramped up the anticipation for today's second day of 11 on 11 competitive field goal tries.  Hear from the combatants and head coach Mike McCarthy on how round two of the duel went.

Audio: MIke McCarthy, Giorgio Tavecchio and Mason Crosby

The field goal protection drill had kickers start from the 33 yard line and both went down the middle.  Backing up to the left hashmark at the 37, Crosby was true while Tavecchio's was a bit unsightly  but got through.  From the right has at the 42 and left has at the 47, both were solid.  Finally from the right hashmark from the 51, Crosby was good and Tavecchio's hit the left upright.  An issue with the blocking gave Giorio another shot and he made it cleanly.  Mike McCarthy said these guys will kick every other or every third day in camp and this job might not be settled until deep into the pre-season.

It was the third straight practice in full pads and I was expecting a bit of a drop in performance but nothing like what happened in a team blitz drill.  Backup center Don Barclay rolled a couple of shotgun snaps on the ground and B.J. Coleman and James Starks were way off on a pitch to the outside.  The ball almost hit McCarthy who stands behind the offense during practice.  He barked about the sloppiness and addressed it afterwards in his press conference.  He said putting four balls on the ground disrupted practice and took away from the good things at practice.  He had the entire team do ball security drills after practice saying these issues lose ballgames.

Tramon Williams is apparently going to seek a second opinion on his injured knee.  Williams got hurt on Saturday, day two of camp.   McCarthy thought it might be a week or two before he can return.  The NFL Network reported Williams wants someone else to take a look, indicating the injury might even be more serious than first thought.  His abscence, along with injuries to Casey Hayward and up until Wednesday, Davon House, allowed plenty of young corners to get into the mix. That included a feisty press man coverage drill today.

The boys take it under the lights now.  The first night practice of camp is Friday at 7:00 PM.  It's a warmup to the Family Night Scrimmage on Saturday inside Lambeau Field.