Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker, who showed off his strong right leg with a 63-yard field goal during training camp, recorded touchbacks on six of his nine kickoffs Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. But surprisingly, kickoffs were not an area in which he excelled during his college days at Texas. In his senior season, he had just 12 touchbacks on 70 kickoffs.
On Wednesday afternoon, Ravens safety Ed Reed meandered across the locker room with a black and orange Orioles hat sitting slightly ajar atop his head. He is not the first Ravens player to rock an O's cap as we have seen Anquan Boldin, Ray Rice and others do it before. But for the first time since 52 of the guys on the roster arrived here -- veteran linebacker Ray Lewis is the lone exception -- the Orioles are in first place in September.
The fast ascension of rookie kicker Justin Tucker hasn't escaped the attention of retired Ravens Pro Bowl kicker Matt Stover. Tucker beat out former Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff, displaying leg strength, accuracy and consistency in preseason games and practices.
The Ravens' Thursday night matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium is essentially their last chance to build some momentum heading into the Sept. 10 season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Dannell Ellerbe, 26, hurt his hamstring in the Ravens' Week 3 blowout of the Rams last season. He missed six of the Ravens' next eight games with the hamstring issue, and another game after sustaining a concussion.
The Ravens' offensive focus following last week's preseason opener was on sustaining drives. They'll spend this week talking about finishing them. The first-team defense has a host of topics to discuss from generating a pass rush to providing tighter coverage to tackling better.
Cary Williams was matched up with Jones on most of the wide receiver¿s catches against the Falcons, though Pees said that the cornerback was ¿close¿ on a couple of the completions and it just came down to Ryan and Jones executing at the highest level.
From Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan being able to sit comfortably in the pocket to wide receiver Julio Jones running free in the Ravens' secondary to punter Sam Koch having to make a touchdown-saving tackle, the first quarter of the Ravens' eventual 31-17 victory gave the Ravens head coach numerous reasons for concern.
The Ravens signed former Texas kicker Justin Tucker, an undrafted free agent, to a contract on Tuesday. Tucker, who earlier this month attended the team's rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, was not signed as of last week when the Ravens held their first week of voluntary organized team activity (OTA) workouts. But the Ravens have made it official, meaning there will be another kicker around to kick it with Billy Cundiff.
While doing my homework on the Ravens and their history in the NFL draft, I spent a little time exploring our Ravens draft database (sorry for the shameless plug, but it's pretty neat feature if you haven't checked it out). In no particular order, here are some trends and random factoids from the 126 picks they've made in 16 years.
In a Monday morning appearance on ESPN, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs revealed that there was miscommunication on the sideline before Billy Cundiff missed a game-tying field goal attempt in the closing seconds of Sunday's 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game.