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Despite loss, Justin Tucker delivers

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Despite loss, Justin Tucker delivers

By Tom Worgo
CSNbaltimore.com

Philadelphia Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker hasnt had to attempt a field with the game on the line yet.

The Ravens are increasingly confident that when that happens, he will come through.

He was one of the bright spots in Baltimore 24-23 loss to Philadelphia Sunday. Tucker kicked field goals of 56, 51 and 48 yards.

The Ravens almost set up a game-winning opportunity, but Baltimore gave up the ball on downs on Philadelphias 46 with 50 seconds remaining.
Tucker said he needed about five more yards to be within his range. His confidence appears to be growing with every standout performance.

My range would probably extend to the upper 60s on a good day, said Tucker, who the Ravens signed as a free agent out of the University of Texas. You dont put too much emphasis on the distance. Its just another attempt. Harbaugh is always stressing to us to keep stacking good days.

He showed off his booming leg with four seconds remaining in the first half when he converted the 56-yarder to put the Ravens ahead, 17-7.

I feel I hit it pretty good, Tucker said. I was pretty fired up to hit a good kick today. I was just looking at it as another kick. With my particular job description, you really have got to have no emotion. You just got to have a poker face every single attempt.

It looked like Tucker would have a chip shot to attempt early in the fourth quarter, but linebacker DeMeco Ryan sacked Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco on 3rd-and-9 at the 15.

It was a 13-yard loss so it made the kick attempt 51 yards. No problem at all for Tucker.

Tucker capped another fine day with a 48-yard kick with 4:43 remaining in the final quarter.

"He was great, Harbaugh said. Three field goals. All tough ones. He kicked off great. He kicked great."

Tucker also booted three field goals, including a nifty 44-yarder, in the Ravens season-opening win over Cincinnati.

So far, the 22-year-old is a perfect 6-for-6 in field goals and 7-for-7 in extra points. That performance has been good enough to erase any lingering doubts Baltimore made a mistake when it cut 9-year veteran and current Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff.

Tuckers nearly flawless preseason made the choice clear, though. He converted six of seven attempts with his only miss coming from 57 yards.

He stays calm, Ravens punter Sam Koch, who also doubles as the holder. He is keeping his mind and his head in it. You can say he is hitting every ball where he wants to hit it. But he is still young and has to go through some adversity.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens have announced 2019 training camp dates that will be open to the public. 2,000 fans will be able to attend the 14 open practices at the Owings Mill Underarmour Performance Center. Additionally, the Ravens will hold their annual open practice at M&T Bank Stadium July 27 with Fireworks Night to follow.

2. Wide receiver Jaleel Scott has had a standout offseason thus far after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. According to Ravens media, Scott has been a big playmaker at OTAs and mandatory minicamp and is looking forward to the start of training camp. “I think I had a great practice to end minicamp, and now I’m going to get ready for the start of training camp,” Scott said to Ravens media. “I want to show people I can be a deep threat, that I can make big plays and do things in the red zone, help us score points. That’s my goal.”


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Michael Pierce responds to last week's dismissal from practice

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Michael Pierce responds to last week's dismissal from practice

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Last week, defensive tackle Michael Pierce was dismissed from practice after showing up in "less than ideal shape" according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Pierce joined WSNP-FM 105.5 Friday where he responded to being dismissed from practice. “Throughout the offseason, I tend to lift more than run,” Pierce said. “Being a nose guard, I want to be strong or what not. I, honestly, just mismanaged my running a little bit.”

2. On the other hand, tight end Mark Andrews looks "bigger, faster and stronger" Zrebiec said. Andrews had a standout year last season as a rookie with three touchdowns and 34 catches for 552 yards. Zrebiec said Andrews has not slowed down and will be an even bigger asset to the Ravens offense this season.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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