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'I want that guy on my team': Peter King raves about Ravens' kicker Justin Tucker

'I want that guy on my team': Peter King raves about Ravens' kicker Justin Tucker

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker didn't let terrible weather conditions and the pressure of a game-winning kick affect him one bit on Sunday.

The league's most accurate kicker of all-time drilled a 49-yard field goal in the rain as time expired, giving the Ravens a 20-17 victory over the previously 10-1 San Francisco 49ers. 

But it was Tucker's reaction after making the kick -- one that had huge implications behind it, such as playoff seeding -- that stood out to NBC Sports' Peter King.

"There’s something about (Justin) Tucker that makes you say, 'I want that guy on my team,'" King wrote in his weekly Football Morning in America post. "He was happy, but not blown away with emotion. This is his job, and he’s the most accurate kicker ever, and he knows there will be other kicks this big. And bigger.”

The kick was Tucker's second game-winner of the season, with the other coming Week 5 in Pittsburgh. He's now made 22-of-23 field goals this season, good for a league-best 95.6 percent clip.

Tucker's walk-off came from 49 yards out, but if No. 9 had his way, he would've kicked it from a yard further out. 

"I focus on the action of the kick, not consequences," Tucker told King postgame. "Honestly, as the clock ran down, I’m just hoping the ball’s the spotted at the 32. Fifty’s a nice round number. And there’s slightly more glory making a 50-yarder than 49.”

That's quite the confidence from Tucker. But it's confidence that all of his teammates share, too.

“He’s one of the best ever,” Patrick Ricard told NBC Sports Washington postgame. “He can kick it from our 20 and we’d be confident in him.”

Baltimore is now 10-2 and in line for the top overall seed in the AFC.

The Ravens have Super Bowl aspirations, and along that journey, Tucker will likely be faced with another high-pressure kick. And there's no one the Ravens would rather have to take it.

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Take a look at Marlon Humphrey's NFL Top 100 player ballot

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Take a look at Marlon Humphrey's NFL Top 100 player ballot

The NFL's Top 100 players list is always an interesting discussion point for fans. It's fun to debate who is the best of the best, especially in a sport like football.

Positions require such vastly different skills, so it's difficult to compare a running back to, say, a punter.

What also makes the list interesting is how it's compiled: by the players themselves.

We don't always get to peel back the curtain, but Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey was willing to share his ballot on social media once he put his votes together.

This is an especially interesting list. Humphrey resisted the urge to simply vote all Ravens, as Lamar Jackson, Ronnie Stanley and Marcus Peters are the only ones to make his top 20.

Humphrey did seem to heavily weigh players he has faced already, particularly in 2019. Of his 17 non-Ravens, 11 played against Baltimore this past season.

The cornerback clearly remembers 2018's matchup with the Saints well, as Michael Thomas and Drew Brees find themselve in his top four. He has a nice balance between offensive players he's had to defend and defensive players he can evaluate as a peer.

The divisional round loss also clearly is still weighing on his mind, with Titans running back Derrick Henry ranked sixth across all players.

Of course, according to him, the easiest choice of all was Humphrey's first.

Hard to disagree with him on that one.

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Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews help lead AFC to victory in Pro Bowl skills competition

Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews help lead AFC to victory in Pro Bowl skills competition

Lamar Jackson was excellent this season finding his receivers across the field en route to an MVP caliber season. 

As it turns out, he’s not so good at hitting targets that aren’t human. 

Jackson struggled in the precision passing event, an event with moving targets labeled from one to five points and scored just two total points on 17 throws. 

But Jackson’s poor performance in the first event didn’t hurt the AFC, as it won the 2020 Pro Bowl skills competition over the NFC.

“A lot of bad throws,” Jackson said of his performance in the first event. “A little wind with me. It’s all good.” 

As soon as the event aired, Jackson immediately took to Twitter.

The events that followed were: The Gauntlet, Best Hands, Thread The Needle and Dodgeball. 

Jackson and teammate Mark Andrews competed in the Best Hands and Thread The Needle competitions. 

The duo’s obvious chemistry resulted in the second-best time, 49.4 seconds, out of four total pairings. 

The next drill was another passing drill called ‘Thread The Needle,’ which Jackson fared better in. He scored 12 total points, tied for the second-best of four passers. The concept of the drill was to throw the ball past a defender guarding a wall with nine targets, each with a corresponding point total.

In the final event of the night, the AFC beat the NFC two games to zero in dodgeball — led by Jackson and Andrews’ division rival, Browns wideout Jarvis Landry.

Jackson didn’t start the night well, but thankfully for him, the next targets with numbers he’ll see will be actual receivers at the Pro Bowl on Sunday afternoon.

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