Tucker back in groove kicking field goals

Tucker back in groove kicking field goals
October 12, 2013, 7:00 am
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EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, the day before Sunday’s game against the Packers.

Two-minute topic: Will kicker Justin Tucker be perfect on field goals the rest of the season?

One of Tucker’s goals this season was to be perfect on field goal attempts. That lofty ambition ended in Week 2, when Tucker uncharacteristically missed two field goal attempts against the Browns. However, Tucker has made nine straight since then, including four last weekend against the Dolphins. He is kicking better than ever, and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg says much of Tucker’s success is due to preparation.

“He went back to work, and that’s really what he’s been doing since then,” Rosburg said. “He likes to practice, he likes to work on the fine details and fundamentals, and he continues to do that. He’s continuing to polish his craft, and I think he recognizes the fact that kickers in this league can be successful for a long time if they pay attention to those fine points of detail. I fully expect that Justin will continue to improve during the course of his career.”

The Ravens have confidence that Tucker will deliver in clutch situations. However, Tucker’s goal is to deliver in every situation.

Morning thought: “I have a good sense of humor. I was kind of proud of that video. There was some good air between my feet and the ground there, absolutely. Then I played it off a little bit. I kind of turned and gave a little fist bump, you know?”

Harbaugh, on a video showing him awkwardly missing an attempted chest bump with safety James Ihedigbo on the sideline against the Dolphins. It was posted on You Tube entitled “John Harbaugh Chest Bump Fail.

Harbaugh showed the video during a team meeting this week, much to the delight of players.

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