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Ravens: Ravens sign rookie kicker Justin Tucker

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens made it official today, signing rookie kicker Justin Tucker to the roster.

Tucker tried out for the Ravens at a rookie minicamp and wasn't at the organized team activity last week before being invited back last week and signing his contract this morning.

The Ravens cut wide receiver and kick returner Philip Livas to create a roster spot for Tucker.

The former University of Texas standout connected on a 55-yard field goal during the first day of a rookie minicamp, leaving a good impression overall on Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

"He gets really good lift on the ball, very accurate," Harbaugh said. "He had a very good camp."

Tucker is expected to remain with the Ravens and compete with veteran kicker Billy Cundiff during training camp.

"I'd say right now we have who we have, and we'll just play it by ear," Harbaugh said when asked if the team still plans to sign a veteran kicker now that Shayne Graham has joined the Houston Texans. "That's always unpredictable."

Tucker had a private workout for Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg a few days before the NFL draft.

Tucker made 17 of 21 field goals as a senior for the Longhorns after hitting 23 of 27 kicks as a junior.

"I was hitting the ball just as good as I ever have," Tucker said Sunday. "It feel like it was successful

Tucker doubled as a punter at Texas, averaging 40.3 yards per punt.

Last season, Tucker made a 40-yard game-winning field goal to beat archrival Texas A&M.

"Shoot, that's a moment everybody's looking for in sports," Tucker said. "Everybody wants a chance to hit a walk-off home run. To be able to have that opportunity and to be able to come through with it was a blessing altogether."

Now, he's hoping to supplant Cundiff.

"I look forward to it, competing with a guy who's had success," Tucker said. "It'll be fun and it'll be a challenge. You have to be mentally strong. You have to be able to come into a situation and be ready to perform.

"It doesn't matter if you're a rookie, it doesn't matter if you've been playing football for 15 years. I feel I have the mindset to step out on the field and basically do my job."

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