Ravens coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal after practice on Saturday about the Ravens battle for the starting kicker job, saying, Its not an easy decision as the Ravens try to determine whether to keep veteran Billy Cundiff or rookie Justin Tucker.
Speculation began to build that the Ravens would keep Tucker after he was given all the kicking duties against Jacksonville in the third preseason game, and Tucker delivered, making field goals of 33 and 53 yards as well as all six extra-point attempts.
But both kickers were at practice Saturday and Harbaugh said, We dont have to make a decision before we have to make a decision, so why should we rush that? We can get as much information as we can.
The Ravens must cut their 90-man roster down to 75 players by Monday, and then get the roster down to their final 53-man roster by Friday.
Tucker has had the slight edge over Cundiff this preseason in terms of accuracy in practice, and both kickers have been perfect in preseason games. Tucker is 5-for-5, Cundiff is 2-for-2.
Before the Jacksonville game, Tucker was told he would be the Ravens only kicker for that game, an arrangement that shocked Cundiff.
After the game, a somewhat defiant Cundiff said, I feel like if his track records not good enough, Ill take my services elsewhere, to be perfectly honestly with you.
When asked after practice Saturday whether the competition would continue through the final preseason game Thursday night in St. Louis, Harbaugh offered no direct answer.
Well see, he said. I dont think we made any decision yet. We learned what we needed to learn. Its not an easy decision. If it was an easy decision, wed have made it.