Special teams player of the year: Justin Tucker

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The Ravens are a lot more than Lamar Jackson.

And if they get in a close game in the playoffs, they know they can turn to a guy who has been making big plays for years.

Veteran kicker Justin Tucker missed a field goal against the Texans in November, hitting the right upright in the first quarter.

The good news is, he didn’t miss before that, or since, as he finished the regular season 28-of-29 on field goals (96.6 percent).

That kind of consistency has led PFT to name Tucker our special teams player of the year for 2019.

Tucker’s a career 90.8 percent on field goals, making him the most accurate field goal kicker in league history. He’s also proven to be trustworthy in the biggest moments, including last-second game-winners against the Steelers and 49ers this season.

Jacksonville kicker Josh Lambo and Saints return man Deonte Harris made it a difficult decision in their own ways.

Lambo hit for a higher percentage than Tucker (97.1), making 33-of-34 field goals. It’s not entirely his fault he plays for a lesser team with little pressure, though.

Harris, an undrafted rookie from Assumption College, emerged as one of the top returners, leading the league in punt return yards and finishing in the top five in both punt and kick return average.

10 responses to “Special teams player of the year: Justin Tucker

  1. He can thank Cundiff for ending up in Baltimore. Ravens end up with one who is possibly the best of all time just months after one of the worst misses of all time.

    I’m sure all eyes were on Tucker from day 1. Walked into a pressure cooker. To me, that makes him even more special.

    Not a Ravens fan (Giants). Sucks when the kicker costs you everything. Never could figure out why they don’t pay the great ones more. There are less of them than QB’s.

  2. krabballs says:
    January 1, 2020 at 2:12 pm
    Tucker is the greatest kicker in NFL history. It isn’t even close.
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    No question he’s the best kicker in the game now and most accurate. But to be the best in history he has to do it in a few big games. He’s never even kicked in a Super Bowl.

  3. footballpat says:
    January 1, 2020 at 4:12 pm
    krabballs says:
    January 1, 2020 at 2:12 pm
    Tucker is the greatest kicker in NFL history. It isn’t even close.
    ————————————-

    No question he’s the best kicker in the game now and most accurate. But to be the best in history he has to do it in a few big games. He’s never even kicked in a Super Bowl.

    He kicked in superbowl 47 as a rookie.

  4. I like to give an honorable mention to Mason Crosby. Very poor season last year, then tough personal issues (wife diagnosed with cancer, sister-in-law dying to it earlier in this season), yet put together an excellent year. Also, doesn’t kick a minimum of 8 games in a dome or a sunshine state and is a key contributor to a playoff team.

    Tucker deserves his recognition. Lambo has had a career year. But I’d have Crosby in the conversation

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