The Baltimore Ravens made it official Tuesday, signing rookie kicker Justin Tucker to the roster, according to Aaron Wilson of The Carroll County Times.
Tucker will compete with veteran Billy Cundiff for the job during training camp and the preseason.
At this point, Cundiff is the odds-on favorite to retain his job he has held since 2009.
But following his missed 32-yard field goal attempt in the AFC Championship game in January, the Ravens wanted to bring in another kicker to challenge for his job.
Tucker, an undrafted free agent rookie from the University of Texas, caught the attention of the organization at the Ravens’ rookie minicamp earlier this month. He connected on a 55-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first practice.
In one of the other practices, Tucker went 4-for-4 from inside 50 yards and almost nailed a pair of 60-yarders, according to John Eisenberg of CSNBaltimore.com.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Tucker made 17 of 21 field goals as a senior, which included a long of 52 yards. Tucker also drilled a 40-yard game-winning field goal Thanksgiving night at Texas A&M to give the Longhorns a 27-25 victory over their archrivals.
To make room for Tucker on the roster, the Ravens cut Phillip Livas, a wide receiver and kick returner who was added to the team’s practice squad in January, according to Eisenberg.