Cundiff could be challenged in training camp


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At Ravens rookie camp last Friday, undrafted free agent kicker, Justin Tucker, nailed a 55-yard field goal, which left a good impression on head coach John Harbaugh, according to Aaron Wilson of The Carroll County Times.

Tucker, the former University of Texas standout, is expected to remain with the Ravens and compete with nine-year veteran Billy Cundiff during training camp.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Tucker connected on 17 of 21 field goals as a senior for the Longhorns, which included a long of 52 yards. He was also a perfect 44 of 44 on extra point attempts.

In addition to his kicking duties, Tucker served as the team’s punter, averaging 40.3 yards per punt.

On Thanksgiving night last season, Tucker drilled a 40-yard game-winning field at Texas A&M to give the Longhorns a 27-25 victory over their archrivals.

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As for Cundiff, the 2010 All-Pro selection, he’s coming off a season that ended with his shanked 32-yard field goal attempt with 11 seconds left in the AFC Championship Game, costing the Ravens an opportunity at overtime and a chance to go to the Super Bowl.

Last season, Cundiff battled a calf injury to his left leg, his plant foot, which could account for his lackluster season in which he converted on just 28 of 37 field goal attempts (75.7 percent).

Cundiff, 32, has struggled with kicks from 50 yards and beyond, as he’s missed nine of his last 10 field goals from that range.

Because Harbaugh and his staff love competition, it’s going to be interesting to see how Cundiff reacts in training camp knowing he’ll have to look over his shoulder.