Justin Tucker’s breakout season clearly went noticed outside of Baltimore.
The Ravens’ second-year kicker was named an AP first-team All-Pro for the first time on Friday. He was the lone Baltimore player to earn the postseason honor, making this the first time since 2009 that the Ravens had just one first-teamer. Last season, return specialist Jacoby Jones and fullback Vonta Leach were named to the squad.
Tucker, 24, was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas before last season. In 2013, he finished tied for the NFL lead with 38 field goals and tied for seventh with a 93 percent conversion rate (38-for-41).
Tucker made six of seven attempts from 50 yards or beyond, tying for the league lead in conversions from that long. The highlight of Tucker’s season came on Dec. 16 at Detroit when he set team records for field goals in one game and longest field goal. He went 6-for-6 in the 18-16 victory, providing all the scoring in Baltimore’s last win of the season, including his record 61-yard kick to win the game.