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Billy Cundiff is currently seventh in fan voting for the Pro Bowl among AFC kickers, but Ravens Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg believes Cundiff’s all-star chances remain healthy.
With coaches and players also accounting for respective thirds of the vote tally, the respect Cundiff gets around the NFL should move him up the list.
Rosburg said he hears the praise on a weekly basis.
“It’s remarkable how many kickers and special teams coaches I’ve seen before the game that have all commented about Billy’s performance so far and how well he’s playing and how clean his technique is,” Rosburg said with a chuckle. “Kickers are usually the guys that comment about his fundamentals, and the special teams coaches are usually the guys that talk about his kickoff touchbacks.
“The kickers want to pay attention to detail and the special teams coaches are just looking at the results.”
Cundiff’s impact cannot be understated for the Ravens.
He’s produced a league-best 34 touchbacks on 58 kickoffs this year. His 58.6-percent touchback rate is also tops, while only 23 of his kickoffs have been returned, the fewest in the NFL.
In fact, since the league moved the kickoff mark to the 30-yard line in 1994, Cundiff needs only six more to tie Mitch Berger (1998) for the most in NFL history.
This is all while Cundiff has connected on 19 of 22 field goal attempts (86.4 percent).
Although the Pro Bowl fan ballot closes on Monday, Dec. 20, Rosburg thinks others will take notice of Cundiff’s contributions in the next two games.
“I think the more they see him, the more they’ll realize what he’s doing, and Monday night’s another opportunity for that,” Rosburg said. “But the thing I love about Billy is he’s really not trying to be in the Pro Bowl. He’s trying to win football games, and if [the Pro Bowl] comes along at the same time, that would be great.
“The things he’s done so far this year really stand out, and I think the longer the season goes on, the more exposure he gets, the more people are going to realize that.”
Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski is currently leading kickers in the fan vote. He has connected on 24 of 31 field goals (77.4 percent) and owns 27 touchbacks (40.9 percent).