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K Justin Tucker wants to be like Andy Roddick

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K Justin Tucker wants to be like Andy Roddick

Justin Tucker has been the more accurate kicker throughout Ravens training camp, but unseating veteran Billy Cundiff isn't a sure thing.

While Cundiff went 4-for-4 on Sunday, the rookie Tucker missed one of his four attempts. The ball sailed wide left from inside 40 yards.

Tucker, however, upped the ante by moving back even more and drilling the ball down the middle from 54. That was the longest field goal of the day by either kicker.

Coach John Harbaugh's decision gets tougher by the day. Both kickers were perfect in Friday's game vs. the Detroit Lions, generating the only points for Baltimore as they combined to go 4-for-4 in a 27-12 loss.

Despite being new to the NFL, Tucker hasn't noticed any difference in terms of pressure.

"At this point it feels the same. I feel comfortable in front of a big crowd. It doesn't make a whole lot of difference for me. One good thing I've learned while I've been here is from (punter) Sam Koch who has been a veteran, he holds for Billy and myself .... he's good at keeping me in check and calming me down," Tucker said.

"He said he was the same way coming out of Nebraska that he was jumping up whenever the team would make a play, getting emotionally involved in the game. As a kicker you have to have a poker face going at all times. He's been good about reminding me of that. Going into games versus practice has really not been too much of a difference. It's just a lot more fun to play in front of a bunch of people."

The consensus opinion is that Tucker will be kicking in the NFL this season, even if he loses out to Cundiff. His leg is just too powerful and he's proven to be too consistent not to get a shot somewhere.

Tucker's key to success?

"It's just body control. A lot of guys don't want to picture kickers as being good athletes but some of the best athletes I know are specialists in some regard. If you look at a guy like Andy Roddick playing tennis that's all technique," Tucker said of the former No. 1 player in the world who set a record with a 155 mph serve. "Once you get that technique down you harness that power in your technique. That's the parallel I'd like to think of ... with golf, tennis, bowling, it all combines technique with power. Not just raw power."

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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