In my humble opinion, the Ravens second annual kicking competition was over a long time ago. Billy Cundiff separated himself from Shayne Graham in week one of the preseason after a more successful training camp than the veteran. Yesterday’s game, if you were one of the few fans that endured it, didn’t solidify anything for the final kicking roster cut that looms over the front office.
If you ignore their performance in camp and the preseason, the Ravens were probably most likely to go with the proven veteran Shayne Graham, who they went out and spent $2.5 million on (with incentives).
To me, that “head start” that Graham was given should have been handed to his competitor Billy Cundiff. Billy the kid came into Baltimore and played the last seven games making 70.6% of his kicks and booting a long of 46 yards. Graham comes into Baltimore after failing to convert two short field goals in Cincinnati’s 21-14 loss in a playoff game against the New York Jets.
Do the Ravens decide swallow their pride and go with the guy that truly won the competition or turn their back on Cundiff and rely on the guy they paid during the off season. Fans will find out soon enough.
Jeff and I discuss this topic in more depth in this week’s episode of Birds On The Wire.