Justin Tucker is very good at his job, which goes a long way in explaining why the Ravens rewarded him with a four-year, $16.8 million deal last month. In four NFL seasons, Tucker has converted 87.8 percent of his field-goal attempts. More impressive, he's money from distance, with a career mark of 87.2 percent on attempts from 40-49 yards.
Additional proof that striping long-range field goals is Tucker's bread and butter: This 69-yarder he made in training camp over the weekend:
Impressive, yes, but that's not even close to Tucker's upper limit.
"We think about these things really specifically, if you send me out there you have a reason for it -- because they think I can make a kick," Tucker said Thursday during an appearance on NFL Network. "To me it doesn't matter where I just have to hit a good ball. If conditions are prime -- like last season, we opened up in Denver, the weather was warm and the field was nice, you're up in altitude so the ball just carries and in pre-game I hit the cross bar from 85. So if the situation is just prime, maybe 84 and a half yards."
For some perspective, 84 yards is 22 percent farther than the 69-yarder Tucker converted in practice. It also means that he would be kicking from his own 26-yard line. If it ever happens, Hotline Bling should become a post-conversion requirement for every kicker, otherwise punishable by a 15-yard penalty.
So while Tucker is confident in his abilities, he also understands record-setting opportunities probably won't present themselves during the season.
"We're not just gonna be out there hitting 69-yarders in the first quarter unless we've got a 30 mile-an-hour tailwind, and our defense is just ballin', and we have just the most amazing defense versus offense matchup," Tucker said over the weekend. "But when they call upon me, I gotta be ready."
In case you're wondering, former Broncos kicker Matt Prater holds the record for the longest field goal in NFL history. He smoked a 64-yarder in 2013. Before that, Tom Dempsey held the mark, kicking a 63-yarder in 1970 (Jason Elam, then with the Broncos, tied Dempsey's record in 1998).