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There isn’t any competition for Billy Cundiff’s kicking job yet, so the former journeyman is using this opportunity to make a solid case to stick around for another year.
During Tuesday’s passing camp practice, Cundiff connected on six of eight field goals, including a 53-yarder.
“Right now, my concern is taking it as if I’m the only guy here, which is the case at this point,” Cundiff said. “There’s only one guy here, so I might as well take advantage of the reps I have and show coaches I belong.”
The Ravens have said they would like to add another free-agent kicker to challenge Cundiff, but that hasn’t happened yet.
As such, Cundiff – who has previously spent time with the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns among several other brief stints – is enjoying the singular attention.
“For me, it’s a good chance to make a good enough impression,” Cundiff continued. “Regardless of whether they want to release me or not, I can use this platform to showcase myself, so why not make use of it?”
Cundiff’s misses were made up of a 40-yarder and a 60-yard attempt that came up just short.
His longest attempt, which closed the session, was actually supposed to be a fourth-down Hail Mary from the offense, but Head Coach John Harbaugh succumbed to sideline entreaties.
“I guess they talked me into it,” Coach Harbaugh said. “All the guys on the offensive side were saying, ‘Get him out there and kick it, take a shot at it.’ And Randy Brown, our kicking coach, was asking for it.
“I thought he hit it really well. It just came up a little bit short, but it was a great kick.”
While the miss was shagged by safety Haruki Nakamura under the cross bar, Cundiff was not disappointed with his effort.
“I thought I could get into it a little bit more and put it on the post, and sure enough, that’s what I did,” he said.