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Kickers going toe to toe

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Kickers going toe to toe

Criticized at times for his inaccuracy from long distance, Billy Cundiff stepped up and nailed a 60-yard field goal in practice on Tuesday. Not to be outdone, moments later rookie Justin Tucker did the same thing.

It appears it will be that kind of camp, as the Ravens incumbent kicker faces a stiff challenge from the rookie free agent from Texas.

In Tuesdays practice, Cundiff and Tucker had identical showings in one drill, making kicks from 35, 48 and 60 and missing from 55, all with a slight breeze at their backs. Later, when the Ravens simulated game conditions as opposed to drills, Cundiff missed again.

The ones they made went well, and the ones they didn't make didn't go so well. That's how you judge a field goal, basically, Harbaugh said with a chuckle after practice.

But he did stress that the Ravens will continue to test the kickers in game conditions.

We try to do that as much as we can, he said, as opposed to just go out and kick five field goals in a row, because you don't do that in a game.

Make no mistake: This is Cundiffs job to lose, and he hasnt lost it yet. The Ravens said all the right things about the eight-year veteran after his last-second miss in the AFC Championship Game, and they signed him to a five-year, 15 million deal after the 2011 season.

Harbaugh has often said that everyone competes for their job, and the thought all along was the Ravens would bring in someone to challenge Cundiff, who was just 1-for-6 from outside 50 yards last season. Cundiff was perfect at home last season (17-for-17 in the regular season) but missed nearly half of his kicks on the road. (He was 11-for-20.)

Tucker is proving to be a worthy challenger. He will get his first true test in game conditions next Thursday when the Ravens open the preseason in Atlanta, but this competition will bear watching throughout camp.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

Kick off your Saturday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including an injury update on the Ravens' first-round pick. 

Player/Team Notes: 

1. 2019 first-round pick and WR Marquise Brown will miss OTAs as he continues to recover from Lisfranc surgery. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the team expects Brown to be ready by the start of training camp. 

2. The Ravens confirmed the signings of OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Shane Ray, and WR Michael Floyd Friday. Baltimore also announced it had waived QB Jalan McClendon and DT Kalil Morris.

3. Free agent LB Jon Bostic worked out for the Ravens Friday, per Zrebiec. Bostic was cut by the Steelers in April. 

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: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the return of Pernell McPhee.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Pernell McPhee is a Baltimore Raven again! The Ravens signed McPhee to a one-year deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McPhee was drafted by the Ravens in 2011 during the fifth round and spent four seasons with the team before landing in Chicago and then last season in Washington. The Ravens hope to capitalize on McPhee's 31 career sacks as they hone-in on producing a "diversified pass rush."

2. The Ravens have also signed offensive lineman R.J. Prince, who was last with Pittsburgh. Prince was waived by the Steelers after not seeing a down during the 2018 season. The Steelers picked up Prince as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina.

3. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 regular season. Peterson reportedly violated the NFL's performance-enhancement drug policy. The Ravens face the Cardinals during Week 2, so this is good news for the guys in purple.

4. The Ravens have reportedly signed former Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ray had an unproductive season with the Broncos last year with one sack and one forced fumble in 11 games played.

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: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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