Tucker believes he can make one from 70 yards out

AP

More than 43 years passed before an NFL kicker nailed a field goal longer than Tom Dempsey’s 63-yard game winner for the Saints against the Lions.  Matt Prater’s new mark of 64 yards may not last 43 days.

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, whose six field goals on Monday night included a last-minute 61-yard effort on which the team’s playoffs hope largely hinged, thinks he can extend the current record by another 18 feet.

“If I pulled out the eight-degree driver — on a day when I’m feeling real fresh — I could probably hit one from 70 yards,” Tucker told Jim Corbett of USA Today.  “I hit one from 70 yards in pregame in Detroit this past Monday night.”

Tucker also said he made one from 79 yards earlier this year.

“That was in Denver before our opener in September,” Tucker said.  “The weather was perfect; the field was good.  With the altitude in the Rocky Mountains, the ball jumps off your foot.”

In only his second season, Tucker has become one of the most reliable kickers in league history, making all 33 field goal attempts in 2013.  He gives the Ravens a powerful weapon for converting field position into points.

The only risk is that the Ravens could get too conservative on offense once they get within Tucker’s ever-expanding range.

54 responses to “Tucker believes he can make one from 70 yards out

  1. Maybe he could. But I’m willing to bet my house on one kick that he misses. You win some and you lose some, let’s play! But let’s wait ’til Spring cause it’s cold out right now.

  2. Imagine this: game tied, 7 seconds left, Baltimore ball on their own 47 yard line. Instead of attempting a “Hail Mary”, they send Tucker out, and the ball is snapped and held at the Baltimore 40. Tucker attempts a 70 yard field goal: it sails off his foot, over the defense and … it might have been good from 68, but it falls a couple of feet short. The ball drops out the back of the end zone, and there’s still one second left on the clock. The other team sends out their kicker, who attempts a still long but much more reasonable 57 yard field goal, and makes it. Game over, Ravens lose.

    It’s got to be a pretty specific set of circumstances to attempt a 70 yard field goal.

  3. Tucker a great kicker on an incredible run but good luck hitting a 70 yarder anywhere when you barely squeeked a 61 yarder inside the goal posts in a dome. I’d love to see him hit a 70 yarder but I don’t think it’s possible during a live football game!

  4. Dempsey’s kick will always be remembered because he accomplished his feet with half a foot…(No pun intended)

  5. tonystrong says:
    Dec 21, 2013 1:43 PM
    Tucker a great kicker on an incredible run but good luck hitting a 70 yarder anywhere when you barely squeeked a 61 yarder inside the goal posts in a dome. I’d love to see him hit a 70 yarder but I don’t think it’s possible during a live football game!
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    It’s not possible because no ‘sane’ coach would ever try a 70 yarder..

  6. Teams that are out of playoff contention or losing blow out games should try stuff like this because it would boast team and fan moral. Say its a blow out game late in the 4th and you’re at the other teams 45, 3rd and ridiculously long after a penalty. Teams usually run a short play to get themselves in ‘makeable’ FG position, but if it’s a blowout, who cares. Take a knee at the 48 and let your kicker go for the record. It would take a coach who is total secure in his job to have the balls to do it (McCarty, Belichick, etc). Coaches give guys who shouldn’t be in the game anymore extra carries to get 100 yard games and stuff like that, so why not do this for the kicker.

  7. 70 is definitely make-able. We’ve lots of kicks in the 58 or so range hit the net that would have been good from 70, but it would take a gutsy coach to let someone try.

  8. If it’s a close game in the 2nd or 3rd quarter, he won’t get a chance. But for shts and giggles, if there are 3 seconds left in the first half, they have nothing to lose, assuming the other team isn’t Auburn.

  9. I remember the days before kicking specialists in the NFL, when position players would do the place kicking and punting. You were lucky to get a 50% success rate on field goals and anything over 30 yards was considered a “long” field goal. Now anything under 50 yards is considered a chip shot which should never be missed by these kickers

  10. …”thinks he can extend the current record by another 18 feet.”
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    So what you’re saying Florio is that tucker believes he’ll set the record for an 82 yard field goal?!….come on man, the math isn’t that difficult to figure out.

  11. The one he kicked in Detroit skipped off the crossbar, it was still impressive as hell to see.

    Saw him kick the 60 with ease, then I saw him pass the 45 yard line and go right to the 40. It was pretty f’n awesome to see a 70 yarder. I wonder what he could kick in Denver, wind aided.

    How did this guy go undrafted again?

  12. Ahem…if the field goal is missed from your own 47 yard line and the other team kicks one from there, it will not be a 57 yard attempt. The ball is snapped to a holder that is seven yards behind the line of scrimmage. It would be a 64 yard attempt.

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    “Imagine this: game tied, 7 seconds left, Baltimore ball on their own 47 yard line. Instead of attempting a “Hail Mary”, they send Tucker out, and the ball is snapped and held at the Baltimore 40. Tucker attempts a 70 yard field goal: it sails off his foot, over the defense and … it might have been good from 68, but it falls a couple of feet short. The ball drops out the back of the end zone, and there’s still one second left on the clock. The other team sends out their kicker, who attempts a still long but much more reasonable 57 yard field goal, and makes it. Game over, Ravens lose.

    It’s got to be a pretty specific set of circumstances to attempt a 70 yard field goal.”

  13. I’d like to see the following :
    Any kick over 60 yds.= 1 point
    ” ” ” 50 yds. =2 points
    ” ” ” 20-40 =3 points
    ” ” ” 10-20 =4 points
    ” ” ” 1 inch -to 10 yds. =4 and 1/2 points.

    You want to watch a lot of kicking go to a soccer game. Long cheap shot field goals to “beat” your opponent need to go away.

  14. I recall when Janikowski tried a long one, I think in San Diego? I think he’d want to try every time. But, he’s past his prime for that range now.

    Not too many times coaches would go for the FG, given the field possession flip if they miss it, so its only usually at the end of the half’s or games. Now now with the kick return possibility the last few years, even that possibility.

  15. …”thinks he can extend the current record by another 18 feet.”
    ——————————————-
    So what you’re saying Florio is that tucker believes he’ll set the record for an 82 yard field goal?!….come on man, the math isn’t that difficult to figure out.

  16. From the 35 on a kickoff, occasionally you’ll see one go through the uprights. Sure they get a 10 yard run and not a 3 step drop, but there also aren’t 6’8″ line men jumping in front of them either. My point: practice kicks from 70 yards out don’t mean squat.

  17. Maybe in Denver a 70 yarder is possible.

    Prater’s “record” should hold a designation similar to track & field’s “wind aided” since he did it in Denver. Yeah, you made it, but…

    Wanna impress me? Accomplish it in NY or NE. At least outside somewhere other than Denver. Domes don’t count either.

    Most kickers in today’s game possess the leg to hit from 70, but there’s a lot more to it than simply having the leg.

  18. He could hit from 70, he’s a Longhorn.

    He definitely is all hat and no cattle. Actually a great kicker, but as a Texan he brags too much…don’t talk about it just do it.

  19. Don’t know by how much he made the 61 yarder, but saw Crosby hit a 57 yarder the same day in Dallas that would have been good from 67 at least, he kicks it in Denver Crosby could easily hit from 70+

  20. Tucker routinely makes long field goals in practice and has booted them in from 65+ yards very consistently. He’s got the leg for it and he could do it. There is nothing wrong with a confident kicker. If he thinks he can make one from 70…he goes into a game to kick a 45 yarder and he’s like, “No sweat, that’s chump change.”

    Sebastian Janikowski never had a problem with leg strength. For him it was accuracy. This is something Tucker has a rare ability with. Other than the mishap in Cleveland, he has made every other kick since.

    The 61 yarder that barely squeaked in, he even admitted after the game that he didn’t get all of it, that he didn’t square up the ball perfectly. Now he is saying that on a good day, on a good field, with the right conditions and if he strikes the ball well…he thinks he can make a 70 yarder. I think he could too. Just a matter of the launch height and if it gets blocked a the line.

  21. 70 yards is definately within the realm of possibility. The opportunity simply isn’t there most of the time.

    I’ve witnessed first hand, a Purdue kicker, who was undrafted (Carson Wiggs) make a 69 yarder in a “gold/black scrimmage game.” Obviously not a official game, but if he can, surely a few NFLers could too.

  22. He owes that over confidence to the replacement refs who gave him his game winner over NE last season, even though replay showed it was wide right. I believe he had missed the first kick, and then missed the second but the refs caved to the crowd. Recall that in that game, much like the Carolina game this year, the refs ran off the field with no explanation. People asked Belichick why he didn’t go get an explanation in the Carolina game and he specifically cited what happened in the game against the Ravens in 2012 and the exorbitant fine he got for trying to get the refs attention and an explanation. The Ravens trailed all game but made a late TD and on a subsequent possession Flacco through his patented “jump ball” in an attempt to get a PI penalty, and it worked. Then I believe Tucker had to kick the FG twice due to a timeout. Some day they will allow replay or laser to determine if these are good or not, because he missed that FG 2 times and got away with it.

  23. “I’d like to see the following :
    Any kick over 60 yds.= 1 point
    ” ” ” 50 yds. =2 points
    ” ” ” 20-40 =3 points
    ” ” ” 10-20 =4 points
    ” ” ” 1 inch -to 10 yds. =4 and 1/2 points.

    You want to watch a lot of kicking go to a soccer game. Long cheap shot field goals to “beat” your opponent need to go away.”

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    I’m on board with this but not to this degree. I have a hard time calling a 50-70 yard kicka cheap shot field goal. But I do feel field goals have become too “easy.” We see 12 yard drives followed by 55 yard field goals too often. To me that is not football.
    I’d like the goal posts to be a box, put another crossbar along the top. This won’t affect the long bomb field goal, but will force a bit more touch on the shorter kicks. The guy would not be able to blast a short kick ten yards over the sticks. He’d have to aim more, use more skill.

    I can’t think of a way to make the 47-55’s more interesting. I’d just like more of a feeling that it’s not almost a sure thing as the guy with the funny name trots out onto the field.

    The above idea would eliminate anyone ever trying the long kicks. I doubt many are in favor of that.

  24. Tucker could kick it right into Polamalu’s mouth and then send them both through the uprights from 70 yards back.

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