It was a heady rookie season for Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, a successful run capped by a Super Bowl victory. First the undrafted rookie from Texas beat out former Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff in a training camp competition. Then Tucker connected on 30 of 33 field goals for 90.9 percent accuracy, the second-best mark by a rookie kicker in NFL history and second-best single-season performance in franchise history. He scored 132 points, most by a rookie in Ravens franchise history. As the Ravens launch their offseason training program Monday at team headquarters, Tucker has set ambitious goals for his second NFL season. Namely, perfection. "You win a Super Bowl and the next day you wake up and say, 'That was fun, I would really like to do that again,'" Tucker said. "You always want to get to the big dance. Individually, I would like to make it to the Pro Bowl and make 100 percent of my kicks. I always try to set lofty goals. "I want to leave it at that, I want to make all my kicks. That's something I was pretty close to last year, so it's definitely an attainable feat. There's no sense in setting goals you've already reached. I also want to be more productive on kickoffs and have a bunch of touchbacks." Last season, Tucker hit a game-winning 47-yard field goal in double-overtime in an AFC divisional-round win over the Denver Broncos after winning regular-season games with field goals against the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots. Tucker made four kicks from 50 yards or beyond, setting another franchise single-season record. That included field goals from 56, 54, 51 and 51 yards. The only NFL kickers with a superior field goal percentage to Tucker last season were the Washington Redskins' Kai Forbath (94.4 percent), the Dallas Cowboys' Dan Bailey (93.5 percent), the Cleveland Browns' Phil Dawson (93.5 percent), the Minnesota Vikings' Blair Walsh (92.1 percent) and the Oakland Raiders' Sebastian Janikowski (91.2 percent).
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker chases perfection in 2nd NFL season
Baltimore Sun | Apr 15