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“You can’t hit anybody in soccer like you can in football,” Tucker said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Kicker ‘has character’

Long snapper Morgan Cox said he hasn’t met many kickers with Tucker’s personality.

“You don’t often see goofy kickers,” Cox said. “One way to describe him is he’s goofy.”

Since defeating Cundiff for the kicking job, Tucker has done his part to fit in with the Ravens’ locker room, which is filled with unique personalities.

One example would be how competitive a lot of these players get when playing the popular tailgating came cornhole, which pits competitors tossing bean bags onto a wooden plank with a hole drilled near the top.

If you get a bean bag on the plank you score one point. If a bean bag goes through the hole, you earn three. Two cornhole sets regularly sit in the middle of the locker room, with players competing against each other every day.

Tucker took it upon himself to draft his own power rankings for each player who participates. Checking in at No. 1 is punter Sam Koch, with Joe Flacco and Cox ranked second and third, respectively.

Tucker is in the middle of the pack, describing himself as a promising up-and-comer. Then there’s his analysis of Suggs, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year who’s sidelined with an Achilles injury. Suggs is ranked last.

“Undoubtedly the worst Cornholer in the building,” Tucker wrote. “Displays horrible fundamentals. Sloppy delivery only leads to problems. Simon Cowell of American Idol and X-Factor has said of Sizzle’s technique: ‘Appalling with a capital ‘A.’ Positively dreadful.’”

Defensive end Pernell McPhee was caught laughing while reading this. It generated a big buzz among those who enjoy the game.

Tucker’s different from every other kicker,” safety Bernard Pollard said. “The dude has character. He’s loud, he’s having fun, and we’re enjoying him.”

As close as it gets

With two seconds on the clock, Tucker lined up, prepared to kick the game-winner against New England. Cox snapped the ball, and Tucker drilled it down the middle of the uprights — but not before the Patriots called a timeout.

“It’s a pretty common practice,” Tucker said. “You see that all across football, from high school all the way up to here. I really just take the opportunity to take a warm-up shot at it. I take it for what it’s worth.”

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