Packers kickers battle at packed Lambeau

By TODD McMAHON - Associated Press
    2013-08-03 21:50

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Mason Crosby chuckled when Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy inadvertently referred to Giorgio Tavecchio, Crosby's young adversary this summer, as ``Sergio'' earlier this week.

Crosby will be just fine as long as he sees his name listed in some form on the Packers' season-opening roster in about a month.

The seventh-year veteran is being challenged for the first time in training camp since his rookie season by Tavecchio, a first-year hopeful.

The two kickers took their showdown under the lights before a packed house at Lambeau Field on Saturday night. A record crowd of 63,047 turned out for Green Bay's annual Family Night scrimmage.

McCarthy gave Crosby and Tavecchio plenty of opportunities to trade kicks.

And the left-footed Tavecchio, signed off the street in the offseason, might have gotten a leg up on veteran incumbent Crosby, who struggled in an extensive field-goal session to conclude the 90-minute scrimmage.