Kicker Justin Tucker closed out the first half of the Ravens’ eventual 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with a 56-yard field goal that tied the franchise record set by Wade Richey in 2003.
The leg strength that Tucker showed on that kick gave the team some options to consider as the offense attempted a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter. How far did the unit have to move to get into Tucker’s range for a field goal? The 40-yard line, which would translate into a 57- or 58-yarder? The 45, which would mean a 62- or 63-yarder?
Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg didn’t have an answer when he conducted his weekly media briefing Thursday.
“I didn’t have a yard line in my mind, but I think we all had it kind of playing out in our mind that this is a situation that could very easily come up to where we’re preparing for it on the sideline,” he said. “The yard line hadn’t really gotten to the point where we were discussing that yet. We had a yard line in mind in pre-game, but when you get in the heat of the battle, sometimes you have to adjust. He’d shown plenty of range prior to that, so we were confident that wherever we gave it to him, we’d be able to deliver.”
Tucker also converted attempts from 51 and 48 yards in the second half and is a perfect 6-of-6 thus far. Rosburg was pleased with what he saw from the undrafted rookie.
“He kicked it very well,” Rosburg said. “He was making good ball contact, the ball was traveling straight, and as you saw, he had plenty of range.”Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times