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Justin Tucker’s Pro Bowl Snub is An Absolute Joke

December 20, 2018 - 8:19 am
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By Joe Schiller

Three Baltimore Ravens received Pro Bowl honors.

Justin Tucker was not one of them.

Despite hitting 28-of-30 field goals this season (93.3%), the veteran kicker was named a first alternate and snubbed for the second straight year. Last year it was Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell and now New York Jets kicker Jason Myers.

There’s no doubt Myers has had a fantastic season, making 31-of-33 attempts this season, 6-of-7 from 50+ yards, but Tucker’s absence further proves the mockery of one of the most meaningless All-Star games professional sports have to offer.

Tucker’s stats are unmatched over the course of his career and it's continued this season. He currently stands as the most accurate kicker in the NFL history (90.5%) and all four misses of his misses in the last 111 field goal attempts from 57 yards or less were blocked.

On paper, miscues by the special teams unit hurt Tucker's statistics. 

But yet, it’s one mistake that stands out. An uncharacteristic extra point miss in the Ravens’ 24-23 Week 7 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Tucker's extra point sailed wide right on a windy Sunday afternoon. It was the first extra point miss of his career at the college or professional level.

To put that into perspective, Myers missed two extra points last Saturday night in the Jets’ 29-22 loss to the Houston Texans.

As a placekicker, there’s little room for error but Tucker is undoubtedly the NFL’s best kicker and is as close to automatic as they come at the position.

The fact that Tucker wasn’t an automatic selection is criminal but it’s not worth getting worked up about a meaningless game in late January that’s received more criticism than praise since its installment.