The Baltimore Ravens are heading into their Week 3 matchup with the Houston Texans with a large list of concerns including the offensive line, tight end and running back positions. One concern that they may have that isn’t highlighted as much is with their kicker Justin Tucker.
Yes, it is only the third weekend of the NFL season, but when dealing with a second-year player like Tucker, it is a situation that Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg need to tread carefully.
The former Texas Longhorn is used to dealing with success and hasn’t tasted failure much in the early stages of his NFL career. Tucker only missed three field goals last season and converted 30 through the uprights (90.9 field goal conversion percentage). He is perfect with extra points thus far going 47-for-47. Ravens fans can also recall the tremendous impact he had during their historic Super Bowl XLVII run; Denver Broncos fans know him all too well, no thanks to Rahim Moore. He also converted four field goals over 50 yards last year during the regular season with a long of 56.
He has the leg to put the Ravens in position to score right after they cross the 50-yard line, and he has the prowess to kick the ball out of the end zone each kickoff. The question is: Does he have the mentality to overcome the worst game thus far in his brief stint with the Ravens?
Of course he does. After all, his two missed field goals didn’t result in a drastic drop-off in the Ravens’ victory in Week 2 over the Cleveland Browns.
Tucker will be just fine, it’s just a matter of him getting too comfortable at that kicker spot. Tucker, punter Sam Koch and long snapper Morgan Cox had no competition during training camp because the Ravens felt as if they were solid at those three spots. Once Tucker boots one through the uprights against the Texans, last week will just be regarded as an anomaly. Even great players have a bad game once in awhile.