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Ravens news, notes and opinions

May 02, 2012|By Jeff Zrebiec

The Ravens will sign kicker/punter and undrafted free agent Justin Tucker, who hit 40 of 48 field goals during his last two seasons at Texas. Nothing against Tucker, but I’d still expect them to bring in a little more formidable and veteran competition for Billy Cundiff. The New York Jets signed Josh Brown yesterday to push the inconsistent Nick Folk for the kicking job.  I would be surprised if the Ravens didn’t do something similar. Maybe, that means signing Shayne Graham again. Either way, you not only want to push Cundiff, you want to have some insurance if the problems that he had last year persist into the preseason.

Speaking of undrafted free agents, two potential signings definitely worth keeping an eye on are defensive tackles Nicolas Jean-Baptiste out of Baylor, and Ishmaa’ily Kitchen of Kent State. Both are 335-pound guys who can clog the middle and be factors in the run game. After losing Cory Redding and Brandon McKinney to free agency, the Ravens will have some opportunities available to crack their defensive line rotation.  

In case you missed this little bit of news about a former Ravens’ executive, Phil Savage has been named executive director of the Senior Bowl. Savage worked in the Ravens’ front office for nine seasons, serving as director of college scouting and then director of player personnel before becoming the general manager of the Cleveland Browns. Most recently, Savage has served as a player personnel executive for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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