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By Matt Vensel | December 3, 2011
On Sunday afternoon, Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox will return to Cleveland Browns Stadium, where he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the team's Week 16 win over the Browns a year ago. It's something he has thought about this week, though he said the ugly memories will not change his mindset on game day. “It's not a real big deal,” Cox said after Friday's practice. “I've had a year in me since then, and it's stood the test, so we'll see how it goes on that field. We played at Pittsburgh, which is a similar field, so I think we'll be fine.” Cox acknowledged that at times early in the season, the fear of injury popped into his head, thoughts like “I've got to protect my knee.” But because he has snapped many times in games since, he believes he is over it mentally.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
The NFL will experiment with a potential rule change involving extra points in the first two weeks of the preseason. The ball will be moved from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line, making an extra point the equivalent of a 33-yard field goal. Ravens Pro Bowl kicker Justin Tucker said he's interested to see how the change works out but made it clear that he's not a fan of adding to the length of extra points. “I don't think it's really going to change anything that we do aside from just practicing, just the visual of seeing an extra point from a little further back,” Tucker said.
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By Edward Lee | November 3, 2012
Returning to Cleveland may be a bittersweet memory for Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and several other employees who worked for the franchise under its previous incarnation as the Browns. For Morgan Cox, the trip is memorable for a different reason. On Dec. 26, 2010, the long snapper tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while blocking on Billy Cundiff's 27-yard field goal in the second quarter en route to an eventual Ravens' 20-10 win. Fortunately for Cox, he hasn't allowed the memory of that injury to seep into his consciousness when returning to Cleveland Browns Stadium.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Lauren Cox, the wife of Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox, was not amused by Drake's song about cheating athletes at the ESPYs this week. Cox wrote a rambling blog post Thursday titled " Drake, take your 'side pieces' and shove it " -- a sharp contrast to her other posts, which usually discuss Bible verses. It's a little hard to parse Cox's writing, but apparently she was incensed that the event celebrated Michael Sam coming out as the first openly gay current NFL player while Drake's performance made light of athletes' infidelities.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2010
The Ravens' fears were confirmed Monday when a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed that rookie long snapper Morgan Cox tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will miss Sunday's regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals and the postseason. "He's got a torn ACL, and he's got a third-degree sprain in his MCL. So he's out for the year," coach John Harbaugh said. "And like we said after the game, that was kind of our fear. What he managed to do, to play through that, [running back]
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By Jeff Zrebiec | April 30, 2012
The Ravens announced today that they have signed long snapper Patrick Scales who was with the team last summer. Scales, who went to Utah State, was brought into training camp last season to provide some competition for Morgan Cox. However, Cox won the job and Scales was released as part of the Ravens' roster cut down to 53 players. Cox had a solid 2011 season and certainly did nothing to lose his job, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh has said on several occasions that everybody will have competition in training camp.
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By Matt Vensel | November 13, 2013
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker doesn't miss very often, regardless of his surroundings. He has made 16 straight field goals, one of the longest active streaks in the NFL, and he has made 48 of his 53 career field-goal attempts in the regular season. His 46-yard field goal at M&T Bank Stadium last Sunday was the fifth game-winner of his career. He has missed just three kicks on his home turf in two seasons. But as good as he has been kicking on synthetic surfaces, he has been even better on grass.
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By Edward Lee | September 23, 2012
Prior to his release in 2011, running back Willis McGahee had another role with the Ravens. He backed up Morgan Cox as the team's long snapper. Since then, however, the identity of the latest backup has been shrouded in mystery. Coach John Harbaugh deferred to special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg, who in turn declined to disclose the reserve's identity. But the value of a backup long snapper has been heightened after what happened to a pair of long snappers on the first weekend of the regular season.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
The NFL will experiment with a potential rule change involving extra points in the first two weeks of the preseason. The ball will be moved from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line, making an extra point the equivalent of a 33-yard field goal. Ravens Pro Bowl kicker Justin Tucker said he's interested to see how the change works out but made it clear that he's not a fan of adding to the length of extra points. “I don't think it's really going to change anything that we do aside from just practicing, just the visual of seeing an extra point from a little further back,” Tucker said.
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By Edward Lee | November 21, 2012
Wide receiver Torrey Smith, kicker Justin Tucker and punter Sam Koch were three of several Ravens players summoned to coach John Harbaugh's office Wednesday morning, but they weren't in trouble. Eight players and Harbaugh convened in the coach's office to wish a happy Thanksgiving via Skype to an Army National Guard unit currently serving in Afghanistan. Harbaugh, Smith, Tucker, Koch, linebackers Josh Bynes and Nigel Carr, long snapper Morgan Cox, safety Omar Brown and guard Antoine McClain spoke to the unit, which is based in Laurel, for about nine minutes on Harbaugh's iPad and listened to the soldiers recount their experiences in Afghanistan.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
Justin Tucker has emerged as the Ravens' top offensive weapon lately, and been one of the most reliable kickers in the NFL. Tucker delivered in the clutch again during a 22-20 victory Thursday night over the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium, connecting on all five field goals to tie a single-game franchise record previously reached by Matt Stover (four times) and Billy Cundiff (twice). With made kicks from 43, 34, 38, 45 and 48 yards against the Steelers, Tucker has connected on 27 consecutive field goals.
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By Matt Vensel | November 13, 2013
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker doesn't miss very often, regardless of his surroundings. He has made 16 straight field goals, one of the longest active streaks in the NFL, and he has made 48 of his 53 career field-goal attempts in the regular season. His 46-yard field goal at M&T Bank Stadium last Sunday was the fifth game-winner of his career. He has missed just three kicks on his home turf in two seasons. But as good as he has been kicking on synthetic surfaces, he has been even better on grass.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2013
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker clutched the football Sunday afternoon as he headed up the tunnel into the locker room. It was worth keeping after Tucker delivered the game-winning field goal on a 46-yard kick to seal the Ravens' 20-17 overtime victory Sunday over the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Long snapper Morgan Cox sprinted over to secure the ball for Tucker after it sailed through the uprights. "That was the fastest I've ever seen Morgan run," Tucker said.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2013
They are the three best friends that anyone could have. Sam Koch, Morgan Cox and Justin Tucker are pretty much inseparable. Whether they are taking on Joe Flacco and Michael Oher in a heated game of cornhole, hitting the Las Vegas strip in the offseason, or helping the Ravens win football games with clean snaps and clutch kicks, you rarely spot one member of "the Wolf Pack" without seeing the other two trailing a step behind. "We're all three kind of strung from the same bean and have a lot of fun out there," Koch said.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2013
Justin Tucker and David Akers may be members of a very small NFL fraternity, but they represent opposing ends of the spectrum. Tucker, the undrafted rookie kicker for the Ravens, is a baby-faced 23-year-old who can do a mean impersonation of Christopher Walken while rocking out to a Kings of Leon tune. Akers, the 14-year veteran who kicks for the San Francisco 49ers, is a wizened 38-year-old who was once booed by Philadelphia Eagles fans for missing two field goals in a playoff game the day after doctors found a tumor on the ovary of his then-six-year-old daughter.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
His memory is a bit hazy, but Sam Koch remembers watching his first Super Bowl in his family's home in Nebraska and being entranced by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana. So while sitting down for either Super Bowl XXIII in January 1989 or XXIV the following year, Koch discovered what he wanted to do when he was older. "I always wanted to play football and my goal was to make it to the NFL," he said. "I didn't know whether it would be as a punter or what. At that point, I really didn't have an idea.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Lauren Cox, the wife of Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox, was not amused by Drake's song about cheating athletes at the ESPYs this week. Cox wrote a rambling blog post Thursday titled " Drake, take your 'side pieces' and shove it " -- a sharp contrast to her other posts, which usually discuss Bible verses. It's a little hard to parse Cox's writing, but apparently she was incensed that the event celebrated Michael Sam coming out as the first openly gay current NFL player while Drake's performance made light of athletes' infidelities.
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By Edward Lee | November 21, 2012
Wide receiver Torrey Smith, kicker Justin Tucker and punter Sam Koch were three of several Ravens players summoned to coach John Harbaugh's office Wednesday morning, but they weren't in trouble. Eight players and Harbaugh convened in the coach's office to wish a happy Thanksgiving via Skype to an Army National Guard unit currently serving in Afghanistan. Harbaugh, Smith, Tucker, Koch, linebackers Josh Bynes and Nigel Carr, long snapper Morgan Cox, safety Omar Brown and guard Antoine McClain spoke to the unit, which is based in Laurel, for about nine minutes on Harbaugh's iPad and listened to the soldiers recount their experiences in Afghanistan.
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By Edward Lee | November 3, 2012
Returning to Cleveland may be a bittersweet memory for Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and several other employees who worked for the franchise under its previous incarnation as the Browns. For Morgan Cox, the trip is memorable for a different reason. On Dec. 26, 2010, the long snapper tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while blocking on Billy Cundiff's 27-yard field goal in the second quarter en route to an eventual Ravens' 20-10 win. Fortunately for Cox, he hasn't allowed the memory of that injury to seep into his consciousness when returning to Cleveland Browns Stadium.
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