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Raiders 2015 Quarter Season Report: Three things we learned about the Special Teams

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We take a look at three things we learned about the Raiders special teams over the first four games of the 2015 regular season.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Rank: 13th in kickoff yardage (64.7). 3rd in return yardage allowed (16.6), 8th in field goals made (7), 1st in field goal and PAT percentage (100%), 17th in punt average (45.7), 17th in net average (40.5), 17th in kick return yardage (23.4), 24th in punt return yardage (6.1).

1. Seabass stakes his claim as Mr Raider

As of last week, Sebastian Janikowski appeared in his 240th game with the Raiders. That tied Tim Brown for the most appearances in Silver & Black. By Sunday, Seabass will take sole possession of the title and counting. He is in his 16th season in the NFL, all with the Raiders. Already in this early season we've seen teams struggle with kickers missing crucial field goals that cost them games and the team cutting them and signing a retread. That is an issue the Raiders haven't had this millennium.

2. King showing consistency and chemistry

Through four games this season, Marquette King has been consistent in his punts as well as steady as a holder for Janikowski. Last week was King's best game of the season. In that game he punted five times, landing two inside the 20-yard-line with another Bears series starting at the 12-yard-line after a holding penalty. He also had three punts of 50 yards or more in the game with no touchbacks. Earlier in the season he had a career long 70-yard punt too.

3. Return game is on shaky ground

The Raiders looked for a return man this offseason and their efforts were for not. They drafted Andre Debose only to see him lost for the season with a torn Achilles. Then they signed Trindon Holliday and he didn't work out either. So, they signed Devon Wylie and for whatever reason, they didn't like him either. Probably because he couldn't pull double duties.

The jobs of punt and kick returner were given to TJ Carrie and Taiwan Jones. Jones missed last week with an injury and was replaced by Roy Helu Jr. TJ Carrie was injured in last week's game and was replaced by Amari Cooper. Carrie's status is uncertain. Should he not be able to go and Amari Cooper takes punt return duties, he would certainly be exciting, however part of that would be the everyone's heart in their stomach, terrified the team's best receiver could get hurt just as their best corner (Carrie) and best gunner (Jones) did.

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Raiders Quarter Season Report: Overview