Ravens specialists enjoy bond

Ravens specialists enjoy bond
August 28, 2013, 11:45 pm

If you’re a kicking specialist on an NFL team — place-kicker, punter or long snapper — you have a lot of time on your hands. And part of the way you fill it is to bond with your fellow specialists.

That’s one of the takeaways from an article by Ryan Mink at BaltimoreRavens.com about hanging out with those three members of the Ravens, respectively, Justin Tucker, Sam Koch and Morgan Cox. They don’t have as many meetings as the offense and defense, so there was a lot of time goofing off in the locker room, waiting for practice.

Cox said the long intervals actually match the nature of their jobs.

“It does get monotonous, but it’s just a part of the job,” he said. “It correlates to the game. You sit and you sit and you sit, and then, all of a sudden, you have to perform. So that whole time you have to keep mental focus.”

On this day, the play cornhole, a beanbag tossing game. “We find something to do to keep us sane,” Koch said. Apparently, Koch is a cornhole master.

And Tucker is quite the extrovert, breaking out in song or yelling non sequiturs.

Koch said: “He’s always the first person and last person you hear. You know exactly when he enters a room.”

And on top of that, Tucker’s performance as a rookie means he gets recognized in public. So that means the three of them can’t necessarily just go out to lunch together.

“It’s tough to go anywhere with Tuck,” Koch said. “People think we’re just his friends.”

From their easy interaction as described in the article, it appears that people are right about that.