Training camp look in: Crosby gains edge; Hayward practices

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 19, 2013 – 1:20 pm


GREEN BAY–Mason Crosby might have put some daylight between he and Giorgio Tavecchio in the competition for the Packers kicking job, but it’s still too close to call.

“I like the way Mason Crosby has responded since Family Night. I like the groove he’s in,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said following Monday’s practice.

Crosby was nine of 10 in field goal attempts in Monday’s practice, missing only from 50 yards. Tavecchio was eight of 10, missing from 41 and 50. Crosby was three-for-three in the Packers’ 19-7 win in St. Louis on Saturday; Tavecchio was one of two, missing from 49 yards.

The head-to-head battle between Crosby and Tavecchio was the highlight of Monday’s practice. Cornerback Casey Hayward practiced for the first time in training camp, and first-round draft pick Datone Jones returned to practice after missing last week’s work with an ankle sprain.

Don Barclay took all of the snaps with the ones at right tackle on Monday. Barclay began splitting time with Marshall Newhouse at the position last week. Asked if Barclay had won the job, McCarthy said: “No jobs have been won. The offensive line as a whole played better this week. Time will answer that question.

“It’s time for individuals to step up and claim some responsibility and job descriptions. That’s what I’m looking for. You want to see this thing start to define itself.”

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