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Hours after the Ravens reportedly hosted two potential kicking replacements for incumbent Steve Hauschka, head coach John Harbaugh confirmed that Hauschka wasn’t going anywhere.
Speaking on his weekly radio call-in show Tuesday night, Harbaugh said, “Steve works really hard. He’s our best option.”
The two names that reports tabbed were former New York Jets kicker Mike Nugent and former Dallas Cowboys kicker Billy Cundiff.
The Ravens did not confirm that any players tried out for the team on Tuesday.
Hauschka came under fire when he missed a 38-yard field goal in last week’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Even though he has connected on eight of 11 field goals this season, it was his second pressure kick to sail wide left after he hooked a potential game-winner in Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings.
The second-year player is learning how life can be a series of ups and downs for an NFL kicker.
“My skin is getting a lot thicker,” Hauschka said on Wednesday. “I’m handling it pretty well. I have a lot of confidence in myself. I had a good day of kicking today, and it’s just a matter of transferring that out to the field. I’m 90 percent the way there. I think I’ve done a pretty good job, and I just have to get better.”
Hauschka wasn’t fazed by the reports that the Ravens wanted a look at some other candidates.
“I figured they probably would,” he explained. “That’s not my job, though. They’re going to do what they have to do, and I’m going to do my job and go out there and make kicks.”
And how has the team reacted during this process?
“A lot of the veterans still support me,” said Hauschka. “The organization wants me to be the guy, and I want to be that guy. I’m going to do my best to make the next kick.”