Green Bay Packers cornerbacks Micah Hyde (33) and Davon House (31) during training camp practice on July 30 at Ray Nitschke Field. / Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media
The kicking competition between Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio is picking up this week. Crosby had a bad start to training camp but in the past two days had his best stretch of field goal kicking this summer. On Tuesday, both went 8-for-8 on kicks ranging from 36 yards to 53 yards with a strong breeze at their backs. That’s on top of a good performance Monday, when Tavecchio went 8-for-8 and Crosby went 7-for-8. It was the first time they’ve kicked on back-to-back days in camp. Crosby was 15-for-24 in live kicking drills going into this week, but maybe this 15-for-16 run will start a roll. “These last two days were good,” Crosby said. “I think hitting that many balls really kind of pushed me and got me into a rhythm and into a good spot.” For all of training camp, Crosby is 30-for-39 in live field-goal periods, whereas Tavecchio is 35 of 39. Crosby definitely has more pop on the ball than Tavecchio, but the accuracy numbers speak for themselves. The two were to alternate kicks last week against Arizona, but the Packers never attempted a field goal or extra point. They presumably will alternate this week at St. Louis. “We’re just trying to get as much information on both kickers,” coach Mike McCarthy said, “and I thought they both kicked the ball much better today than they did yesterday. They put together two good days.”
Cornerback Davon House’s bid for a starting job is slipping, though injuries to Tramon Williams (knee) and Casey Hayward (hamstring) give him time to make up ground. The third-year pro is working uphill after missing all offseason because of shoulder surgery and the first four days of camp because of an ear infection. He worked back to a starting spot against Arizona in the preseason opener last week, but a bad night cost him that job to rookie Micah Hyde this week. The Cardinals hit two big plays behind House — a 38-yard touchdown pass on a long fade route from quarterback Carson Palmer to receiver Andre Roberts, and a 36-yard pass from backup quarterback Drew Stanton to receiver Charles Hawkins, who was wide open after beating House on a double move. Hyde was with the starters Monday and Tuesday. “(Hyde) deserves it,” House said Tuesday. “I had a horrible game. In preseason, the best players that compete in preseason should play, and Micah had a better game than me. I did horrible. That’s what I get for doing bad. That’s the way I look at it, but it’s another week. We’ll see what (Saturday night at) St. Louis brings.”
Did you notice?
• Vince Young and Graham Harrell split almost all the backup quarterback snaps in practice Tuesday, whereas B.J. Coleman worked mainly with the scout team. That suggests McCarthy wants to take a long look at Young and Harrell on Saturday night at St. Louis in their battle for the No. 2 quarterback job. Young has been with the Packers for barely more than a week, but McCarthy appears intrigued by the possibilities of coaching a player talented enough to be the No. 3 pick overall in the 2006 draft. McCarthy said he’s looking to find the best plays in his scheme for Young in the limited time the Packers have to teach him a new offense.
“When a guy has the unique ability to go win games, I think you need to definitely make sure your system can take advantage of that,” McCarthy said. “That’s really what we’re doing with Vince. I’m just trying to get him ready to go play. I want to see him play quarterback, be comfortable playing quarterback so we can get a true evaluation on him.”
• Rookie receiver Kevin Dorsey said he’s cleared for team drills Wednesday after taking part only in individual and group work Tuesday. That was his first practice since he injured his hamstring on the second day of camp.
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