Zach Ramirez went 6-of-16 on Tuesday, including 10 misses in his final 13 attempts, effectively eliminating himself from the Packers' kicking competition. / H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Zach Ramirez kicked his way right out of the conversation on Tuesday afternoon.
Signed on Monday following a tryout, the former Portland State standout was the only immediate casualty of the team’s first round of cuts on Tuesday after a woeful showing in Tuesday’s final practice of training camp when he made only 6-of-16 kicks, missing 10 of his final 13.
The move leaves seventh-year incumbent Mason Crosby as the lone kicker on the team’s roster although Packers coach Mike McCarthy has often alluded to the fact recently released kicker Giorgio Tavecchio remains a phone call away.
In the process of trimming their roster down to 75 players by the NFL-mandated deadline of 3 p.m. Central Time, the Packers also placed tackle Bryan Bulaga, running back DuJuan Harris, receiver Kevin Dorsey and linebacker Jarvis Reed on injured reserved.
The Packers also placed four players – offensive linemen Derek Sherrod and J.C. Tretter, defensive lineman Jerel Worthy and safety Sean Richardson – on the physically unable to perform list.
As for Ramirez, the leg strength that wowed the Packers on Monday wasn’t enough to save his job a little more than 24 hours later.
“You could see Ramirez was struggling was a little bit with the timing of it, I guess you have to definitely be aware of and (accustomed to),” said Packers coach Mike McCarthy after practice. “He's only been here three days. He really didn't have the rhythm and the cadence and the snap down. I think it affected him on the first set of kicks and it carried over to the second set. Two very talented kickers, I think it's very evident just watching those two go head-to-head this week.”
The next round of cuts will come following Thursday’s game against the Chiefs. All reductions must be turned into the league by Saturday at 3 p.m. Once their 53-man roster is settled, the Packers will be able to begin assembling an eight-man practice squad on Sunday.