When Ravens kicker Justin Tucker returned to the sideline Thursday night after he recovered Senorise Perry’s fumbled kickoff return midway through the second quarter, he was greeted by several teammates and coaches.
They weren’t offering congratulations, either.
“Well, I know (Terrell Suggs) was going to strangle him when he came off for trying to scoop and score,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “Tucker’s not on the scoop-and-score list.”
After recovering the ball at the Dolphins’ 24-yard-line, Tucker tried to head upfield, but he was shoved out of bounds by Miami defensive end Julius Warmsley.
Suggs and a few other high-profile Ravens didn’t appreciate Tucker putting himself at risk by trying to run with the ball in a preseason game.
“I got cussed out by about three or four of my teammates and a couple coaches, but I didn’t care,” Tucker said. “It’s about doing whatever it takes to make a play. At the same time it is important that we’re available and ready to go when the regular season comes around, but that opportunity doesn’t come across too frequently so might as well [not] just try to fall on it and make a play.”
Tucker also had an impact on the Ravens’ 31-7 victory more conventionally by making all three of his field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point tries. He made kicks from 52, 27 and 41 yards while on a less than ideal playing surface at Hard Rock Stadium.
On one extra-point try, Tucker’s plant leg slipped and yet he still made the kick on his way to the ground.
“I think it’s something you kind of expect when you come down here. That the field … any grass field for that matter is not going to hold up for four full quarters,” Tucker said. “It’s just something you got to plan for and take into account when you’re lining up kicks. There was one that I thought I was coming in balanced and smooth and my studs just didn’t all get in the ground. I think I kicked the ball with both feet but it still went in but that was definitely interesting. It’s good to come in and, all things considered, just make kicks.”