In a somewhat surprising move, rookie Justin Tucker beat out Billy Cundiff for the kicking job. Tucker showed an extremely impressive leg during camp which translated to preseason action as he has yet to miss a kick. Cundiff, the veteran, seemed the favorite as Harbaugh said as much just a few days ago. However, the rookie impressed enough to win out the job. Cundiff will be remembered most for his final kick as a Raven, shanking the kick to tie the AFC Championship with just seconds remaining. However, he was a pro bowler in 2010 as one of the most effective kickers in the game. He was up and down all season last year, and for most of his career. His stint in Baltimore from 2009-2011 was the only time he lasted more than a single season with any team. Tucker adds a nice advantage in leg power and has shown excellent accuracy thus far.
In other news, the Ravens made their first round of cuts today, with few surprises on the list. They included TE Davon Drew, C Cecil Newton, CB Jordan Mabin, and WR Patrick Stewart among a few other camp bodies. The only slightly notable move was Davon Drew. Drew has been a frequent camp body for the Ravens, but the highly athletic TE has yet to impress enough to make the final roster. With both Pitta and Dickson hurt, Drew just had to play close to Billy Bajema, but that wasn’t the case. Bajema has impressed thus far, and looks likely to make the final 53 man roster, especially with injury concerns at the position.