K Justin Tucker wants to be like Andy Roddick

K Justin Tucker wants to be like Andy Roddick
August 20, 2012, 7:03 pm
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Justin Tucker has been the more accurate kicker throughout Ravens training camp, but unseating veteran Billy Cundiff isn't a sure thing.

While Cundiff went 4-for-4 on Sunday, the rookie Tucker missed one of his four attempts. The ball sailed wide left from inside 40 yards.

Tucker, however, upped the ante by moving back even more and drilling the ball down the middle from 54. That was the longest field goal of the day by either kicker.

Coach John Harbaugh's decision gets tougher by the day. Both kickers were perfect in Friday's game vs. the Detroit Lions, generating the only points for Baltimore as they combined to go 4-for-4 in a 27-12 loss.

Despite being new to the NFL, Tucker hasn't noticed any difference in terms of pressure.

"At this point it feels the same. I feel comfortable in front of a big crowd. It doesn't make a whole lot of difference for me. One good thing I've learned while I've been here is from (punter) Sam Koch who has been a veteran, he holds for Billy and myself .... he's good at keeping me in check and calming me down," Tucker said.

"He said he was the same way coming out of Nebraska that he was jumping up whenever the team would make a play, getting emotionally involved in the game. As a kicker you have to have a poker face going at all times. He's been good about reminding me of that. Going into games versus practice has really not been too much of a difference. It's just a lot more fun to play in front of a bunch of people."

The consensus opinion is that Tucker will be kicking in the NFL this season, even if he loses out to Cundiff. His leg is just too powerful and he's proven to be too consistent not to get a shot somewhere.

Tucker's key to success?

"It's just body control. A lot of guys don't want to picture kickers as being good athletes but some of the best athletes I know are specialists in some regard. If you look at a guy like Andy Roddick playing tennis that's all technique," Tucker said of the former No. 1 player in the world who set a record with a 155 mph serve. "Once you get that technique down you harness that power in your technique. That's the parallel I'd like to think of ... with golf, tennis, bowling, it all combines technique with power. Not just raw power."