Giorgio Tavecchio gets butterflies even in practice. He cares that much. There's never a comfortable feeling. There's always some tension.

So the theory that the challenger plays loose with nothing to lose kind of goes out the window with him. His easy smile quick laugh and charisma belie his desire to be the Green Bay Packers' next kicker.

He wants this job.

But there is something different about this first-year kicker from Cal. Really different.

He is also pulling for Mason Crosby.

Such strange conflicts of interest could only happen between two well-liked guys.

"Honestly both of them are really great teammates to have" said long-snapper Brett Goode. "They're great to have in the locker room. They take a really good approach to the game. They both have a great work ethic and they're both out there trying to do their best. That's all you can ask for."

When the Green Bay Packers brought in Tavecchio this off-season they added new competition at the kicker position for training camp. It was something Crosby hadn't had since 2007. For five years he was the man the only kicker backed by a $14.75 million contract extension signed in 2011. He had all the security in the world.

But now after strong performances on Family Night and in practice Tavecchio is more than just a nudge for Crosby. He might give the Packers something to think about on roster cutdown day.

Tavecchio made six of seven field goals on Family Night (compared with Crosby's three of eight) even though he said there were instances where he didn't strike the ball as solidly as Crosby. Everyone was impressed but then again coach Mike McCarthy had called Tavecchio "Sergio" in a press conference.

The kiss of death? Tavecchio laughed the whole thing off. He was so good-natured about it that Aaron Rodgers called him Sergio. So did Goode and other linemen. He loved it — because before that he had been teased for being listed (generously?) at 5-foot-10 182 pounds.

"Hey! I'm not little" said Tavecchio. "I am the average American size — the linemen are all just massive. But I love those O-linemen. It's cheesy but my mother always says 'You better thank those big men. They're blocking for you. Or else you'd be dead.'"

You might have seen the shot on Family Night where he drilled a 51-yard field goal and his new teammates went nuts celebrating it.

McCarthy even apologized saying Tavecchio reminded him of the Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia.

"I don't know the guy" said Tavecchio. "But I hope he's good looking."

Again all joking aside the serious side of Tavecchio continues to prepare as the Packers resume their third week of training camp Monday.