The Green Bay Packers are forcing Mason Crosby to compete for his job after a career-worst season in 2012.

Giorgio Tavecchio is a first-year kicker out of Cal and is a native of Italy.

Crosby had a 63.6 conversion rate in 2012.

"I want him to compete," Mike McCarthy said. "There's no doubt about it. Last year's performance definitely warrants competition. ... Let's be honest. Mason has to perform at a whole other level than he did last year. I believe he will. But this is what he needs. He needs competition just like all of us. Competition brings out the best of us, and I'm looking for him to make the most of it."