Packers add kicker to make three-way battle

Kicker Mason Crosby. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Packers add kicker to make three-way battle

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Aug 25, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug 25, 2013

A note to Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio - the battle has been joined.

The Packers announced Sunday morning they have added kicker Zach Ramirez to the roster.

Ramirez, a rookie, kicked at Portland State was was named the NCAA FCS level's best kicker in his junior year of 2011.

A knee injury sidelined him for much of his 2012 senior season.

The move comes after a subpar 2012 season by Mason Crosby and an up-and-down summer for both Crosby and Tavecchio in their race to get the kicking job with the Packers.

As early as 10 days ago, the Packers were thinking about adding a third kicker.

Each kicker took part in an end-of-practice kicking competition Sunday, with Crosby coming out on top.  They kicked as far away as 63 yards, an NFL record-tying length.

"I think it heightens (competition)," said McCarthy after practice.  

"Competition's good.  Mason had probably one of his best days (Sunday)...Giorgio kicked the ball really well.  I liked the competition aspect of it tomorrow...we're trying to get to a position where we can make a decision."

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Jay Sorgi, a lifelong sports fanatic, is an editor for He's also a reporter for 620WTMJ and the Packers Radio Network.