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When the Ravens begin training camp, kicker Justin Tucker will be competing against himself, not anyone else.
Tucker had a terrific rookie season in 2012, making 34 of 37 attempts including the playoffs. His most important kick came during the playoff game in Denver, when Tucker nailed a 47-yarder in the second overtime to defeat the Broncos.
So confident are the Ravens in Tucker that no other kicker will be brought in to compete with him. What’s the point? The Ravens don’t want to mess with a good thing.
Tucker never missed a kick from 40 yards or less, and his consistency was sometimes an overlooked component of the Ravens’ offense. The Ravens had two ugly wins in which Tucker played an instrumental role, a 9-6 victory against the Chiefs, and a 13-10 win over the Steelers. When the Ravens made it to field goal range and didn’t commit a turnover, coming away with at least three points became automatic.
Tucker has talked about having a perfect season in 2013 – going an entire year without missing a kick. That’s a lofty goal, but Tucker believes it’s possible. The Ravens would settle for a repeat of 2012, when Tucker’s consistency was something they could count on.