Though he has competition in camp, Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff has been told by the club it has confidence he can keep his job.
In an interview with 105.7 The Fan on Tuesday, Cundiff said he has been told by management: If you go out and do your thing, youre going to be our guy.
That doesnt change his approach, however.
It doesnt really matter to me, he said. How I approach it is there are also 31 other teams with kickers in camp. Ultimately, you have competition around the league.
Like other kickers, Cundiff compares what he does with golf. To that end, he said hes more an Ernie Els type, swinging smoothly, while his competition, rookie Justin Tucker, is like Rory McIlroy, swinging from the heels.
Cundiff took the golf metaphor further in talking about the competition with Tucker.
Were more like golfers, Cundiff said. I dont really look at what Justin is doing.
The radio interview was notable for what wasnt discussed how Cundiffs season ended in January, with the miss of a relatively short kick that cost the Ravens a loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. At 105.7 The Fans website, the station said it had to agree not to ask questions about last season in its interview of Cundiff.
You can argue about whether any media outlet should accept such demands as a condition for an interview, but it does raise this issue: Do the Ravens think Cundiff is so mentally fragile that he cant handle being asked about last year?
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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