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K Justin Tucker wants to be like Andy Roddick

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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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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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