If you go just by the numbers, rookie Justin Tucker is not just on Billy Cundiff's tail -- he's kicking it.
Tucker, a 22-year-old rookie, has made 82 of 87 field goals (94.2) in training camp while Cundiff has converted 74 of 89 (83.1), according to tallies by Ed Lee of the Baltimore Sun.
Cundiff, 32, who is entering his ninth NFL season, is under the microscope after missing a game-tying field goal from 32 yards in the AFC title game last season as the Ravens fell 23-20 to the Patriots.
He made 28 of 37 field goals, or 75.7, last season. Cundiff's longest was from 51 yards. That's right at Cundiff's career accuracy of 76.7, making 132 of 172.
In the playoffs last season, he made 4 of 5 but that one miss was crucial. He misfired on 5 of 6 attempts from 50 yards or more.
Now Tucker is making it a tough decision on the coaching staff. He likely will get significant work to prove he can remain this accurate in live game situations -- provided the Ravens can get in field goal range -- in Friday's home preseason game vs. the Lions.
Tucker is used to the big stage. He kicked for the Texas Longhorns. He made 17 of 21 last season, or 81, with a long of 52 yards. For his career there, Tucker converted 40 of 48, or 83.3.
Special teams coach Jerry Rosburg doesn't expect Tucker's youth to be a handicap.
"It's a credit to him that he's been able to quickly adapt to some new techniques," Rosburg said. "I don't know how you hide at the Univeristy of Texas, but he wasn't a surprise to us.
"The best player plays. That's just the way it is."