Cundiff Continues Pro Bowl Form

Billy Cundiff nailed field goals of 58 and 53 yards in Saturday’s practice at M&T Bank Stadium.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Saturday, August 6th, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Categories: 2011 Training Camp, Mike Duffy

Billy Cundiff might have garnered the biggest cheers during Saturday’s training camp practice at M&T Bank Stadium.

In a light wind traveling sideline to sideline, the Ravens’ Pro Bowl kicker nailed field goals of 58 and 53 yards.

Cashing in on a focused offseason regimen, Cundiff is demonstrating that last year’s Pro Bowl selection was not a fluke.

“Once the season was done, I set my plan for the offseason knowing that it would be uncertain,” said Cundiff, who signed a five-year contract just before the work-stoppage began in March. “I got back to training the Tuesday after the Super Bowl. I got a lot of lifting and strength work done in the offseason, and I felt that when the time came for training camp, I could show it off.”

His coaches are believers.

After not being able to monitor Cundiff’s training during the NFL lockout, the Ravens could only hope that he would return ready to kick.

But Cundiff has been in that position before, having bounced around to nine different teams earlier in his career, so there was a level of confidence.

“I see the same guy that’s got a very strong leg. He’s made some long field goals and the kickoffs we’ve taken have been pretty much the same thing we saw last year, so he’s taken very good care of his body,” said Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg. “This is a guy who was out on his own for many years and now that he’s got a team he isn’t about to let that go, and we expect great things again from Billy this year.”

Cundiff, who booted an NFL-best 40 touchbacks and an 89.7 percent success rate on field goals in 2010, is also working on his rhythm with new long-snapper Patrick Scales as Morgan Cox rehabilitates his knee.

But in lining up his two long attempts on Saturday, Cundiff couldn’t be bothered.

With the eyes of 24,078 fans trained on him, Cundiff coolly split the uprights with distance to spare, causing those who spent many years screaming for Matt Stover to erupt with glee at their new kicker.

“Matt Stover set the bar extremely high,” Cundiff said. “I try to acknowledge the fact that I wasn’t going to be Matt Stover. I wasn’t going to do things the way he did. But what I was trying to replicate is the stats at the end of day.”

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