Baltimore Ravens Training Camp: Could Justin Tucker Beat out Billy Cundiff?

Dee LetedCorrespondent IMay 15, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Justin Tucker #19 of the Texas Longhorns celebrates with teammates after kicking the winning field goal as time expired  in the second half of a game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on November 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas. Texas won the game, 27-25. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
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The Ravens may not have Justin Tuck, but they do have Justin Tucker.

The undrafted kicker from the University of Texas is reportedly impressing at the Ravens' mini camps, according to BaltimoreRavens.com's John Eisenberg.

On his first day of practice, Tucker ended it by nailing a 55-yard field goal, gaining praise from head coach John Harbaugh.

After practice, Harbaugh had this to say about about Billy Cundiff's new challenger in an interview with Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com:

“He gets really good lift on the ball, very accurate. He had a very good camp.”

After the way last season ended, it isn't surprising to see the Ravens bringing in a kicker to compete with Billy Cundiff.

Not only did Cundiff miss a potential game-tying filed goal against the Patriots in the final seconds of the AFC Championship Game, but he also went from missing only three field goals in 2010 to missing nine in 2011.

The longest field goal Cundiff delivered on last season was from 51 yards, which could make Tucker even more of a threat if he continues to connect from long distances in training camp.

While there's certainly a difference between hitting field goals in camp and hitting field goals when the game is on the line, it's not crazy to think that Tucker could win the job.

Tucker must think that he has a better chance of beating out Cundiff than he would other kickers in the league, as he reportedly turned down offers from Dallas and Chicago to come to Baltimore.

If Tucker does indeed continue to impress, however, the job will ultimately remain Billy Cundiff's to lose. The Ravens could opt to keep Tucker on the practice squad, activating him if Cundiff starts to struggle early next season.