The Baltimore Ravens officially signed undrafted rookie kicker Justin Tucker on Tuesday.
Tucker (Texas) was originally invited for a tryout during rookie minicamp but did not sign. Now that he’s a part of the team, Tucker will compete for a spot with veteran kicker Billy Cundiff throughout training camp and the Ravens remaining offseason programs.
According to an article by Ravens insider John Eisenberg, Cundiff is a heavy favorite to retain the job he has held since 2009, but in the wake of his infamous miss at the end of the AFC championship game in January, the Ravens wanted another kicker to challenge for his job.
The former Longhorn created a buzz during the Ravens rookie minicamp several weeks ago. He hit a 55-yard field goal attempt at the end of one practice as his campmates cheered, then went 4-for-4 from inside 50 and almost hit a pair of 60-yarders as the media watched on another day.
Tucker told the Ravens website I look forward to it, coming in and competing against a guy that’s had success in the league,” Tucker said. “It’ll be a challenge, but it will be fun.”
Tucker connected on 40 of 48 field goal attempts, including several clutch game-winners during his career at Texas.