Billy Cundiff kicks during Ravens practice at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Saturday.
Billy Cundiff kicks during Ravens practice at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Saturday. (DAVE MUNCH/STAFF PHOTO , Carroll County Times)

BALTIMORE - With a smile, Billy Cundiff said he's sure he'll get some playful jabbing from rookie Justin Tucker at some point during the week.

Moments after Tucker drilled a 62-yard field goal during Saturday's practice at M&T Bank Stadium, Cundiff decided to try his luck from 65, hoping to one-up his rookie counterpart.

But his attempt, which was two yards further than the NFL record of 63 yards, fell just short.

"I'm sure it will come," the veteran Cundiff joked about some potential teasing from the rookie. "That's what young guys do."

The competition between Cundiff and Tucker has been one of the more interesting storylines of Baltimore Ravens training camp so far.

It's unlikely Cundiff loses his grasp on the Ravens' kicking job, especially considering how well he's performed during training camp, but Tucker has at least made things interesting.

The strong-legged Tucker, an undrafted rookie from Texas, was 40-of-48 on field goal attempts during his last two years with the Longhorns, including 11-of-15 from 40 yards and beyond.

Including Saturday, he has connected on 50 of his 53 attempts during training camp.

Cundiff is 46-of-54.

Of the kicking competition, special teams coach Jerry Rosburg said Thursday, "It's all that we'd hoped it would be because both kickers are kicking well."

Tucker was 7-of-7 Saturday, including the 62-yarder.

Cundiff was 7-of-8, his lone miss coming on the attempt from 65 yards.

"We got a lot of reps for the kickers in game-like situations, which is really unusual and hard to deal with," head coach John Harbaugh said. "They both came through. Both those guys kicked about as well as you can kick."

During one drill, the offense simulated a late-game, hurry-up situation where it needed a field goal to win the game with time running out.

Joe Flacco and the offense eventually stalled out at the 40-yard line, but Cundiff delivered a 57-yard field kick to cap the drive.

Tucker followed with a 48-yard "game-winner" in the same drill only minutes later.

"We're both pushing each other and making each other better every day," Tucker said. "That's ultimately the goal, to come up with somebody that's going to be able to perform at the highest of levels. What we did today was just a continuation of what we've been doing in practices."

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