Two Ravens specialists make 2020 All Pro Team
The 2020 All-Pro first and second-team rosters were revealed on Friday and a year after having five players make the first team and one make the second, the Baltimore Ravens only had two players make the cut this year and neither plays offense or defense.
Placekicker Justin Tucker made the team for the fifth straight year and for the sixth time in his illustrious career. He was the first-team selection on last year’s All-Pro team but was voted to the second team this year after converting 26-of-29 of his field-goal attempts and 52-of-53 of extra-point attempts with the only miss coming via a block.
Two of his missed field goal attempts were from beyond 50 yards yet he still made most of his kicks from that distance (3/5) with his most significant being the go-ahead game-winner from 55 yards out in the ‘Game of the Year’ when the Ravens edged out the Cleveland Browns 47-42 in Week 14.
His third miss was his first from inside 40 yards after 71 straight attempts but that can also be attributed to forces that were out of his control since after his successful try was negated because of a penalty, FOX announcer Joe Buck jinxed his second attempt and it just missed wide right.
Tucker is still the most accurate kicker in NFL history by a wide margin among players at his position that have played a minimum of at least five years in the league.
The only Ravens’ player to make the first team was veteran long-snapper Morgan Cox who is the often-overlooked member of the star-studded specialist trio famously referred to as the ‘Wolf Pack’.
Cox started 15 games and missed one during the team’s COVID-19 outbreak, recorded two tackles on punt coverage, and was also voted to his second straight Pro Bowl.
“Morgan has been great at it for a long time. It’s nice to see it recognized,” Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s well deserving of it. It makes us all very proud.”
CB Marlon Humphrey
After breaking out and being one of the five Ravens to be voted to the first team last year, Humphrey didn’t even make the second team this year despite having an equally as if not even more dominant season in 2020 and making his second straight Pro Bowl.
He was thrust into splitting time at slot cornerback again after Tavon Young was lost for the year in Week Two and was excellent in coverage both inside and out wide for the second straight year.
Humphrey was in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year for most of the regular season because of his knack for forcing fumbles with his signature ‘Fruit Punch’. He set a new franchise record for the most fumbles forced in a single season with eight in 15 games.