Less than six months ago, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was skewered for claiming he could make an 84-yard field goal in the right conditions.
He spent the 2016 season showing he has perfected the craft of 50-plus-yarders, and Wednesday, at practice for the Pro Bowl, he nailed a kick from 75 yards.
Tucker is kicking off a tee, and it appears there is wind behind him, but 75 yards is 75 yards. A 75-yard kick is spotted at the deeper 35-yard line, a.k.a. "obvious punting range."
The Pro Bowl, being the most meaningless of All-Star games, could use some excitement like Tucker attempting a 75-yard kick Sunday.
OK, 75 is probably a stretch in a game, considering a snap, a hold and a defensive line can complicate things, but if the AFC stalls on its side of the field, we could see Tucker try one approaching 70.
Tucker's career long is 61 yards, and in training camp last summer he hit one from 69 during practice.
He made 38 of 39 attempts this season -- the one "miss" coming on a block against the New England Patriots. Tucker was 10-for-10 from 50 yards or more, tying an NFL record. He also made all 27 extra-point tries.