Ravens kicker Justin Tucker isn’t thrilled with NFL owners voting Tuesday to move the extra point from the two to the 15-yard line. However, Tucker has shown he can handle it.
In his three seasons with the Ravens, Tucker has never missed a field goal inside 37 yards. Making a 32 or 33-yard extra point should not be a problem for him, but Tucker says the process will become a little less automatic. He raised an interesting hypothetical situation, talking about the extra point he made in Denver that forced overtime during the Ravens’ most recent Super Bowl run.
“What if I had slipped and donked it off the upright?,” Tucker told the team’s website, baltimoreravens.com. “Then we don’t go and win the Super Bowl. It’s as simple as that.
“I think the idea is to add excitement to every single play, but what it really does is make every kicker’s job a little bit harder.”
Tucker has proven his worth to the Ravens, with seven game-winning field goals during his career, including a franchise-record 61-yarder against the Lions. As a restricted free agent this offseason, Tucker signed a second-round tender worth $2.356 million. At some point, the Ravens and Tucker are expected to agree on a long-term deal. If not, the Ravens could place the franchise tag on Tucker next year, because they have no intention of letting him walk away.
Making extra points will become a little more challenging for kickers next season, particular in inclement weather. But the Ravens have less reason to worry about that, because they have Tucker.