Fans and media members weren’t the only ones shocked that Billy Cundiff wasn’t kicking in the Ravens preseason matchup against the Jaguars on Thursday. Cundiff himself was caught off guard by the team’s decision.
“I’m on a need to know basis,” Cundiff explained to The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. “I found out before this game, which shocked me.”
22-year-old rookie Justin Tucker played the full 60 minutes, converting two field goals from 33 and 53 yards and six extra points. “I feel like it couldn’t have gone any better,” Tucker said after the game according to Garrett Downing of the Ravens official website. “It was nothing short of just an awesome time.”
While Tucker has out kicked Cundiff in training camp and most of Baltimore has been looking for a new kicker after last season’s AFC Championship, I still don’t see John Harbaugh and company making the switch. “We have to make some decisions here again next week,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll just have to see how that goes.”
Cundiff is just two seasons removed from the Pro Bowl and signed a five-year, $15 million deal with the Ravens after his 2010 campaign. “I feel as if that’s not good enough, then I’ll take my services elsewhere,” Cundiff told Wilson.
Despite his postgame frustrations, Harbaugh still hints that his confidence lies in Cundiff. “Billy has had a great camp,” Harbaugh told reporters after the game. “He’s done really well. I think we know Billy. Billy would have come in here and made every one of those kicks.”