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Tucker sets new career high, not in a good way

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Tucker sets new career high, not in a good way

OWINGS MILLS -- After missing two field goal attempts Sunday, then making the game-winner as time expired, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is determined to be more consistent during the final six games.

With their offense ravaged by injuries, the Ravens can’t afford to leave points on the table. Tucker has been one of the NFL’s best kickers, especially in clutch situations. However, with 1:18 left in Sunday’s game, Tucker missed a 51-yarder that would have broken a 13-13 tie. He had already missed from 51 yards in the first quarter.

Tucker redeemed himself quickly. After linebacker Courtney Upshaw’s strip sack got the ball back for Baltimore, Tucker booted a 47-yard game-winner to cap a 16-13 victory. But afterward in the locker room, Tucker had mixed emotions.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been this upset or mad after hitting a game-winner, but this is kind of unchartered territory for me,” Tucker said. “To be able to bounce back like that though, it’s definitely satisfying.”

Conditions were windy at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, but Tucker may face challenging conditions again Monday night when the Ravens visit the Browns. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who was a special teams coach for years with the Eagles, has noticed a difference in Tucker’s mechanics at times this season. Tucker has made 22 of 28 field goal attempts, but the six misses are a season-high for his four-year career.

“To my eye, and I shared this with Justin, it’s his swing,” Harbaugh said. “When he swings the way he’s supposed to, when he swings the way he’s capable of -- the fundamentally correct way to do it as he does in practice 99 times out of 100 -- he hits a straight ball. When he doesn’t swing the right way for whatever reason, you’d have to ask him what happens.

“There’s a lot to it. There’s the hold, the snap, the whole thing goes together. There’s the wind. There’s the footing. All those things are a factor, no question, but the swing mechanics are the main thing.”

The Ravens will need a smooth swing from Tucker the rest of the way. Close games seem to be the only kind of games the Ravens play this season.

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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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