PACKERS ROUND-UP: Crosby getting competition in camp
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers’ kicker Mason Crosby has been getting some competition from Giorgio Tavecchio over the past week at Training Camp.
It appears that it’s Crosby’s job to lose – and so far, the incumbent is not letting it happen. Yesterday, Crosby went 5-for-5 in field goal attempts with his longest being from 51 yards out. The 23-year-old Tavecchio has looked strong as well, booting 5-of-6 with his only miss from 51 yards away. After a sluggish 2012, Crosby is getting his first Training Camp competition since his rookie season in 2007. Tavecchio – who was with San Francisco at camp last year – has made 10-of-12 field goal attempts this week. However, he appears to fall short to Crosby on kickoffs.
Tomorrow, both kickers will get their first experience working in the newly-remodeled Lambeau Field where construction has been completed in the South End Zone. The Packers will have a practice tonight, in advance of tomorrow’s Family Night Scrimmage – which sold out of 80,000 tickets several weeks ago.
Green Bay Packers’ corner Tramon Williams is getting a second opinion on the extent of a knee injury he suffered at Training Camp last Sunday. NFL Network reports that a “second set of eyes” will look at the results of an MRI Williams had this week. The report also said it might be a problem with cartilage, and not a ligament injury that could result in a tear. Coach Mike McCarthy says the Packers’ medical staff has an excellent relationship with players, but the players are still encouraged to get second opinions if they believe they’re necessary. Both Williams and corner Casey Hayward will be out for a while with injuries. That’s giving new opportunities for rookie corner Micah Hyde and third-year defender Davon House. Both have done well at practice so far. Corners’ coach Joe Whitt said encouraged both Hyde and House to run with their opportunities and quote, “the great thing is, they have.” The Packers return to practice tonight. The annual Family Night Scrimmage is tomorrow night at Lambeau Field.
Greg Jennings has apologized for saying that Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers puts himself above the team. Jennings, who joined the Minnesota Vikings in the off-season, was talking smack last week when he refused to call his ex-Packer teammate by name, mentioning him simply as his number “12.” Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier told Jennings last week to lay off that kind of talk – and he should start talking about the Vikings. Yesterday, the veteran receiver said he didn’t remember saying anything negative about Rodgers or the Packers – but he apologized anyway. Jennings, who won a Super Bowl with the Packers, called Rodgers “phenomenal” and has set the bar high for offenses throughout the NFL. Jennings also denied coming to Minnesota just to get back at the Packers, whom he’ll play twice a year. He said Minnesotans are “authentic” and “genuine” people. Jennings said his decision was more than about football.
When the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl two-and-a-half years ago, Mayor Jim Schmitt promised to name a street after coach Mike McCarthy. It still hasn’t happened – and Packers’ president Mark Murphy has asked Green Bay and two surrounding communities not to consider the subject until 2014 when the upcoming season is over. Two major proposals have been discussed – one to rename Ridge Road west of the Lambeau Field as “McCarthy Way.” When that fell apart, Schmitt proposed re-naming Ashland Avenue – a major six mile road that’s in Green Bay, Ashwaubenon, and De Pere. Local officials are trying to be as diplomatic as possible, saying they love the Packers – but they don’t love everything that a change in street names involves. Ashwaubenon Village President Mike Aubinger says the issue has nothing to do with McCarthy. Instead, it has to do with people being quote, “inconvenienced by name changes where they have to change all their legal documents and bank accounts and stationary.” McCarthy says he’s flattered that somebody wants to name a street after him, but he shouldn’t be involved in the process at all. Murphy says it would be a great honor for McCarthy – but only the politicians should decide. At least 10 other streets in Green Bay and Ashwaubenon are named for Packer players and coaches.