As far as Justin Tucker is concerned, he has no intentions of altering his kicking approach to account for the higher altitude of the city of Denver.
With an elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level, the thinner air tends to allow the football to travel longer through the air. Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater once booted a 59-yarder in a home win over the Chicago Bears.
Heading into Saturday's AFC divisional-round playoff game against the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Ravens' rookie kicker doesn't want to do anything except strike the football with the necessary distance and accuracy.
"Yeah, the main priority is hitting the ball straight," Tucker said. "However far it carries is however far it carries."
Tucker has connected on 30 of 33 field goals this seaosn, including a 56-yarder. So, achieving greater distance on his kicks isn't neessary.
"That goes back to hitting a straight ball, first and foremost," Tucker said.
Tucker has some experience kicking in the state of Colorado having kicked in Boulder when the University of Texas played the University of Colorado. He's also kicked at Wyoming before, which has a higher elevation.
"We didn't have the same conditions we'll have this week, which is 15 to 20 degrees and some precipitation," Tucker said. "We've got our resident meteorologist, [kicking coach] Randy Brown, on the case. We'll be preparing and focusing on hitting a straight ball."
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