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Ravens Sign Kicker Justin Tucker

Ready for a Battle with Cundiff

Justin Tucker impressed during a rookie camp tryout about two weeks ago.

But that was just a tryout.

Now Tucker is officially a member of the Ravens’ roster after signing Tuesday morning.

After waiting to be officially brought on, the Texas rookie free agent kicker will now have a chance to compete with incumbent veteran Billy Cundiff.

Tucker, who made 40 of 48 career field goals in college, ended the first day of rookie camp practice on May 11 with a 55-yard field goal.

Two days later in front of the media, Tucker made all four of his attempts from within 50 yards, then nearly hit on a pair of 60 yarders. He was wide right on one and just short on the other, and said he had a breeze in his face.

The Ravens made a corresponding roster move, releasing wide receiver/return specialist Philip Livas. Baltimore had signed the 5-foot-7 Livas to the practice squad last January, but he did not appear in a game.

I’m still not quite sure how I feel about this move. I had hoped that Baltimore would have signed a vet to push Cundiff in the kicking competition. So far that isn’t the case. Tucker appears to have a big leg and a pedigree of kicking in high level college games but I’m not sure how that translates to the NFL.

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