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Countdown to kickoff: 84 is Paul Butler, it’s also best Raiders non-kicker scoring rookie season ever

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It’s Monday, which means we are exactly 12 weeks from the start of the Raiders 2018 season opener. They take on the Rams at home as the second half of the Monday Night Football lineup.

Currently wearing number 84 for the Raiders is tight end Paul Butler. The 6-6, 252-pounder made the Raiders team the hard way. He was a tryout player. He isn’t fresh out of college though. Butler had a tryout for the Steelers in 2017 after going undrafted out of California PA, but didn’t make the team. He got another shot for the Raiders this offseason and his shot continues.

Butler is a long shot to make the team, but fares a decent chance among the rest of the tight ends, one of whom is likely to be placed on the practice squad if he shows potential. His primary competition for that spot is 2017 UDFA Pharaoh Brown and undrafted rookie Marcus Baugh.

What 84 means to the Raiders

No rookie non-kicker* ever scored more points than one Marcus Allen did in 1982. Allen punched in 14 touchdowns (11 rushing) as a rookie to score 84 points that year. He added three more in the playoffs, but it wasn’t enough to get them to the Super Bowl. That would wait until his second season.

*Kicker Sebastian Janikowski has the franchise best rookie season scoring with 112 points in 2000.