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?
Football is back in session for the Ravens.
Their rookies are set to report to the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, Md Wednesday. Veterans report next Wednesday, the 18th.
The team is reporting to training camp a bit earlier than most NFL teams. Due to Ray Lewis being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Canton, Oh, the Ravens will face the Chicago Bears in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2. Teams participating are eligible to begin training camp earlier.
This rookie class is already generating national attention. While the Ravens stand by Joe Flacco as their QB1, first-round pick Lamar Jackson could cause a shakeup at some point during the season. And when it comes to much-needed offensive help, tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews could begin to provide relief.
Third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. begins his journey with the Ravens in a more sentimental fashion. His father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, also played tackle for the Ravens from 1996-98 and then again from 2003-05. Brown passed away in 2011.
Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the next several weeks as we keep a close eye on the Ravens' preseason.
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There's only six months until the NFL playoffs and we've got no time to waste.
OK, maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves but online betting site, Oddshark, released their early 2018 NFL playoff odds and the Ravens are in a similar situation as previous years.
The Ravens are sitting at +135 — tied for 13th with the San Francisco 49ers — for the best odds to play January football. This would place them in the seventh seed among AFC teams and just outside contention.
The Patriots (-1500), Steelers (-550), Chargers (-145), Jaguars (-140), Texans (-135), and Chiefs (+120) are seeded above them respectively.
During the 2017 season, the Ravens were constantly in the hunt for the fifth or sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture. Several weeks ahead of training camp, Vegas is predicting that to be the case in 2018.
Playoff odds in July mean nothing, but considering their offseason changes, the Ravens' 2018 season should bring positive change.
They added weapons for Joe Flacco in free agents Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown, and drafted tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews.
Then there was the late first-round draft pick of QB Lamar Jackson. Flacco remains the starter for now, but it will be interesting to see if that changes midway through the season or if they get them both on the field at the same time.
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