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Cundiff eager to kick long

In the event the Ravens' offense is slow out of the gate this season, it's good to know kicker Bill Cundiff is fine-tuning his long field goal attempts.

Cundiff, a Pro Bowl kicker last season, attempted two kicks from 50-plus yards Thursday night in Philadelphia. He banked a 53-yard try off the left upright in the first quarter, and was barely wide left on a 55-yard shot in the fourth. He finished his evening making, for him, a chip-shot 34-yarder.

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Cundiff faulted himself on the miss from 55, saying he should have lined the kick up more to the right. The ball hooked ever so slightly left at the end.

"I shouldn't have taken it down the middle," he said. "From that distance, if it's a little off, it really shows up."

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Including a 58-yard miss in a practice at M&T Bank Stadium last week, Cundiff is way ahead of his long-range attempts. Last preseason, he said his longest attempt was from 40 yards.

"In the preseason, I'm hoping to get a lot of long attempts," he said. "I need to continue to get reps in long field goal situations, especially with the way the new kickoff rule is."

The new rule that places kickoffs at the 35-yard line resulted in six touchbacks Thursday and only one kick return, a 26-yarder by Jalen Parmele. The Eagles did not return any of Cundiff's three kickoffs out of the end zone.

As special teams coach Jerry Rosburg feared, the new rule has the early potential to kill one of the game's most exciting plays.

"Ultimately, what it comes down to is how are kickers going to be affected in December," Cundiff said.

Based on first impressions, Cundiff doesn't think the rule will last.

"I think this kickoff rule will be short-lived," he said.

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