The Ravens signed former Texas kicker Justin Tucker, an undrafted free agent, to a contract Tuesday.
Tucker, who earlier this month attended the team’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, was not signed as of last week when the Ravens held their first week of voluntary organized team activity (OTA) workouts. But the Ravens have made it official, meaning there will be another kicker around to kick it with Billy Cundiff.
The Ravens wanted to have another kicker signed for these offseason workouts to spell Cundiff and punter Sam Koch, but they might also want to put a little heat on Cundiff after he missed that field goal in January.
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Cundiff said last week that he has gotten over his failed field-goal attempt in the final minute of the AFC championship game loss to the New England Patriots, and that his confidence is “as high as it's ever been.”
"I know I'll take my stats in the fourth quarter. If you look at it, that was the first miss I had as a Baltimore Raven in the fourth quarter. I think it was the first kick I missed all year in the fourth quarter,” he said. “The situation was pretty unique. I'll learn what I can from it and keep my confidence high and try to get better."
During the rookie minicamp, Tucker, who watched the AFC championship game on TV, said he could relate to what Cundiff had gone through.
“That’s just the duality of the position,” said Tucker, who made 40 of 48 career attempts at Texas. “You’ve got to be able to take it in stride. For as many successes as one may have, there’s going to be that bump in the road and it’s just something that you have to be able to get over.”
And Tucker, who could stick around until training camp if he kicks well this spring, might be another bump in the road for Cundiff, who was a Pro Bowl kicker in 2010. Tucker, a 22-year-old impressed head coach John Harbaugh at the final rookie minicamp practice by making all of his attempts from inside the 55-yard line.
In case you are wondering how Tucker has fared inside the 40-yard line, he made 11 of 15 attempts from the 30-to-39 range at Texas and all 18 from inside the 30. He was 9-for-11 from 40-to-49 and 2-for-4 from 50 yards or longer.
To make room for Tucker, the Ravens released wide receiver Philip Livas, who was on their practice squad last season.