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Justin Tucker has made 82 of 87 FGs in camp


Justin Tucker has made 82 of 87 FGs in camp

If you go just by the numbers, rookie Justin Tucker is not just on Billy Cundiff's tail -- he's kicking it.

Tucker, a 22-year-old rookie, has made 82 of 87 field goals (94.2) in training camp while Cundiff has converted 74 of 89 (83.1), according to tallies by Ed Lee of the Baltimore Sun.

Cundiff, 32, who is entering his ninth NFL season, is under the microscope after missing a game-tying field goal from 32 yards in the AFC title game last season as the Ravens fell 23-20 to the Patriots.

He made 28 of 37 field goals, or 75.7, last season. Cundiff's longest was from 51 yards. That's right at Cundiff's career accuracy of 76.7, making 132 of 172.

In the playoffs last season, he made 4 of 5 but that one miss was crucial. He misfired on 5 of 6 attempts from 50 yards or more.

Now Tucker is making it a tough decision on the coaching staff. He likely will get significant work to prove he can remain this accurate in live game situations -- provided the Ravens can get in field goal range -- in Friday's home preseason game vs. the Lions.

Tucker is used to the big stage. He kicked for the Texas Longhorns. He made 17 of 21 last season, or 81, with a long of 52 yards. For his career there, Tucker converted 40 of 48, or 83.3.

Special teams coach Jerry Rosburg doesn't expect Tucker's youth to be a handicap.

"It's a credit to him that he's been able to quickly adapt to some new techniques," Rosburg said. "I don't know how you hide at the Univeristy of Texas, but he wasn't a surprise to us.

"The best player plays. That's just the way it is."

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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.


“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.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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.