Justin Tucker may have just bolstered the belief around the NFL that he’s far and away the sport’s best kicker.
The Baltimore Ravens 5th-year player nailed a 75-yard field goal attempt Wednesday at Pro Bowl practice that might have been good from 80.
Not that he needed any help with his money in the bank reputation. From 20-39 yards out, Tucker’s missed just two field goals in 94 attempts since the start of his career in 2012. In the same span, from 40-49 yards out he’s connected on 48-of-53 attempts and from 50-plus yards he’s hit 28-of-40.
But this season, he’s been particularly automatic, tying an NFL record with 10 field goals of 50 or more yards, making 38-of-39 field goal attempts and going a perfect 27-of-27 on extra points. Tucker’s longest field goal this season was 57 yards, but his career long of 61 yards came in 2013.
He’s been so clutch, not to mention confident, that back in November on the Dan Patrick Show he lobbied for the NFL to adopt a new rule that would award a point to the kicking team for putting the ball through the goal posts on kickoffs.
That’s equivalent to a 75-yard field goal, not exactly plausible for the vast majority of the league’s kickers. Surely, some would argue against the merits of such a kick, considering you’d be using a tee and not facing the threat of a block.
Unfortunately, the same will likely be said about the 75-yarder Tucker just nailed.