Cundiff finds his groove again

Improved left calf helps kicker regain confidence, aggressive attitude

January 02, 2012|By Edward Lee

The return of Billy Cundiff from a sore left calf wasn’t the only positive sight for the Ravens.

The kicker converted a 42-yard field goal and three extra points and booted two touchbacks in the team’s 24-16 win against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday. Even more significant, according to Cundiff, was the familiar, satisfying feeling of being able to kick without feeling pain or limitations.

“I think the thing I took away from it the most was my ability to be aggressive,” he said. “I know that if I can be aggressive, then I know I can pretty much make any kick that I attempt. Some of my mistakes during the season have come from not being aggressive, especially when I hurt my leg. Just the ability to get through the ball was compromised. So now, knowing that my calf can hold up, I was able to go out there and really attack the ball and put the ball through the uprights.”

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