Justin Tucker, who hasn’t missed a kick yet this season, has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month.
He is a major reason why the Ravens (3-0) are unbeaten -a perfect nine-for-nine on field goal attempts, including a 53-yard game-winner against the Jaguars in Week 3.
All three Ravens’ victories this season have come by six points or less, and their habit of playing close games makes Tucker an even more important weapon. The Ravens (3-0) host the Raiders (2-1) on Sunday, and Raiders coach Jack Del Rio is well aware that Tucker can be a difference-maker.
“He’s been phenomenal,” Del Rio said of Tucker. “I think he’s second all time in the history of the league in terms of field goal kicks (percentage) and they’re not all short ones. Pretty amazing.”
Tucker signed a four-year, $16.8 million contract during the offseason after the Ravens used the franchise tag on him. The Ravens knew Tucker was too valuable to let get away. Early in the season, he is once again showing his worth.