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K Justin Tucker wants to be like Andy Roddick


K Justin Tucker wants to be like Andy Roddick

Justin Tucker has been the more accurate kicker throughout Ravens training camp, but unseating veteran Billy Cundiff isn't a sure thing.

While Cundiff went 4-for-4 on Sunday, the rookie Tucker missed one of his four attempts. The ball sailed wide left from inside 40 yards.

Tucker, however, upped the ante by moving back even more and drilling the ball down the middle from 54. That was the longest field goal of the day by either kicker.

Coach John Harbaugh's decision gets tougher by the day. Both kickers were perfect in Friday's game vs. the Detroit Lions, generating the only points for Baltimore as they combined to go 4-for-4 in a 27-12 loss.

Despite being new to the NFL, Tucker hasn't noticed any difference in terms of pressure.

"At this point it feels the same. I feel comfortable in front of a big crowd. It doesn't make a whole lot of difference for me. One good thing I've learned while I've been here is from (punter) Sam Koch who has been a veteran, he holds for Billy and myself .... he's good at keeping me in check and calming me down," Tucker said.

"He said he was the same way coming out of Nebraska that he was jumping up whenever the team would make a play, getting emotionally involved in the game. As a kicker you have to have a poker face going at all times. He's been good about reminding me of that. Going into games versus practice has really not been too much of a difference. It's just a lot more fun to play in front of a bunch of people."

The consensus opinion is that Tucker will be kicking in the NFL this season, even if he loses out to Cundiff. His leg is just too powerful and he's proven to be too consistent not to get a shot somewhere.

Tucker's key to success?

"It's just body control. A lot of guys don't want to picture kickers as being good athletes but some of the best athletes I know are specialists in some regard. If you look at a guy like Andy Roddick playing tennis that's all technique," Tucker said of the former No. 1 player in the world who set a record with a 155 mph serve. "Once you get that technique down you harness that power in your technique. That's the parallel I'd like to think of ... with golf, tennis, bowling, it all combines technique with power. Not just raw power."

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst


Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

The Ravens have their entire 2018 draft class locked up.

The team agreed to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hurst's rookie contract - like all first-round picks - is a four-year deal with a team option of a fifth year. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 25th overall pick is due $11.1 million. 

The 24-year old, who was a walk on at South Carolina at 21-years old after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Hurst will be a nice addition to the TE corps with Nick Boyle and third-round draft pick Mark Andrews. 

Fellow first-round pick Lamar Jackson signed his rookie contract on June 5th.

Training camp kicks off for the Ravens July 19th. 


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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

Since drafting Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco is their starter. That doesn't mean they're not experimenting with having them both on the field at the same time, however. 

During this week's minicamp, the team has been lining Jackson up at multiple positions. 

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson during Tuesday's minicamp, via ESPN.com.

"If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out."

While at Louisville, Jackson rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons. That's more rushing yards than No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. That unique skill set could be the creative options the Ravens are looking for. 

While at the NFL Combine, however, Jackson refused to workout at any other position than QB. 

"I have a lot of fun seeing what they come up with and what they're going to come up with next," Jackson said. "We'll see where it goes. You have to use your good players."

The Ravens are already viewing Jackson as one of those 'good players.' 

"Once he gets out of the pocket, it's like watching a young Michael Vick," LB C.J. Mosley said after minicamp practice. "It's amazing to watch. When you're defending him, you just have to act like you're tagging off -- you don't want to be on the highlight reel."

Harbaugh has alluded to the fact that the rookie will be active on game days, just exactly how they get the most out of him is what's in play.

"There's a lot of considerations that go into that," Harbaugh said of using two QBs at the once. "Everybody has an opinion. I've read a few. You want to find a way to get the most out of all your guys."

While Flacco isn't the fasted QB in the league, he has shown glimpses of running ability in the past. Figuring out how to utilize Flacco when Jackson is under center is where things will get interesting.

Interesting - as long as it works - is what Ravens fans have been searching for over the last several seasons. 

"Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball," Harbaugh said. "It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they've worked hard on that."