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Among Kicker Inconsistencies, Ravens Have Consistency With Justin Tucker

September 18, 2018 - 1:48 pm
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By Joe Schiller

Every year there’s turnover among NFL teams at the kicker position and the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings experienced that phenomenon on Sunday afternoon.

Zane Gonzalez went 2-for-4 on field goals, including a missed extra-point and a game-tying field goal that would have given the Browns an upset win over the New Orleans Saints on the road.

Daniel Carlson suffered a similar fate and missed three field goals in a 29-29 tie against the Green Bay Packers. Carlson’s 35-yard chip shot that missed wide right in overtime would have given the Vikings the win.

At a position with one job – to kick the ball through the uprights – teams struggle to find consistency. But the Baltimore Ravens aren’t one of them.

They are fortunate to have two-time All-Pro, Justin Tucker.

“It reminds you of how hard it is to make field goals, right? In Baltimore, we don’t ever take those three guys for granted,” said John Harbaugh. “They’re a team. They’ll be the first to tell you that they have to make the next kick. So, they work really hard to do that.”

Since entering the league in 2012, Tucker is 205-of-227 from field goal range. He’s currently the most accurate kicker in field goal history (90.3%) and has yet to miss an extra point in his career.

Tucker has is a legitimate offensive weapon for the Ravens – for better or for worse at times – but a reliable leg that’s come up in clutch scenarios over the past eight seasons. He’s made all three attempts this season, including a 55-yard field goal against the Cincinnati Bengals last Thursday.

It’s a yearly conversation discussion about special teams inconsistencies but the same could be said about the consistencies of Justin Tucker and Jerry Rosburg’s special teams unit.

They’re just that good.