Each week, former NFL running back Marshall Faulk will ask a question for the SB Nation blogs on Twitter. We will answer that question here, with fans being invited to give their take in the comments section, as well as to tweet their opinion to Faulk himself.
This week's question from Marshall Faulk:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Week 1 will bring surprises. But to be Professional Grade is to be consistent. <a href="https://twitter.com/SBNation">@SBNation</a>: Who will be consistent all season? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GMCPlaybook?src=hash">#GMCPlaybook</a></p>— Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) <a href="https://twitter.com/marshallfaulk/status/507625033246572545">September 4, 2014</a></blockquote>
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There are quite a few candidates for this.
Joe Flacco, due to the command he's expected to have over the Gary Kubiak offense. Steve Smith should be a reliable possession receiver in this offense. Given Kubiak's penchant for running the ball, both Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce could have good seasons when it's all said and done.
On defense, the obvious names stick out — Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Lardarius Webb and Haloti Ngata. All could do their thing once again. But, if I was forced to pick, I'd have to go with Mr. Reliable, perhaps the NFL's top special teamer.
In football, the value of a kicker is often overlooked due to the physical nature of the game. Kickers aren't in the line of fire play after play. They're often viewed as complementary pieces among their teammates. But when the Ravens have needed a kick in a pressure situation with 60,000-plus fans watching them live, along with millions viewing on TV elsewhere, Justin Tucker has consistently answered the call.
In his first two seasons, Tucker has made 91.9 percent of his field goal attempts. His longest make was from 61 yards away against Detroit, which gave the Ravens an 18-16 win. He was asked to kick six field goals that game and made all six.
On offense, consistency is a huge focal point given the unit lacked any a year ago. The defense was a mixed bag but kept Baltimore in a lot of games. When it came to a player the Ravens could count on each week, Tucker answered the call. He was the most consistent Raven in 2013. He'll look to continue that in 2014.
Don't forget: While everyone loves the excitement of a touchdown, the outcome of some games come at the foot of a kicker. Tucker should continue his consistency through the 2014 season.
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