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Countdown to kickoff: 96 for Raiders is Tank Carradine, it’s also a franchise mark that just eluded Sebastian Janikowski

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We’re at 96 days until the Raiders 2018 season opener. For four pretty solid years, number 96 belonged to undrafted free agent gem Denico Autry. With the team oddly showing no interest in bringing him back, he left to sign with the Colts on a free agent deal. That means there’s a new 96 in town.

The new 96 is Tank Carradine, who entered the league the same year as Autry, but as a disappointing 2nd round pick.

The former Florida State pass rusher put up just 5.5 sacks and 76 tackles (54 solo) in four seasons with the 49ers. He will look to resurrect his career in Oakland.

At times this preseason, he has lined up with the first team due to Mack sitting out OTA’s waiting on his contract extension. Recently defensive coordinator Paul Guenther had some positive things to say about Carradine’s performance thus far.

“Tank has been a great surprise for us,” said Guenther. “I think he’s a great fit for our system. He’s playing base end on first or second down. He’s moving inside in the pass rush. He’s real smart. He knows what to do. He’s understanding the defense. He’s a strong son of a gun in there. He’s really going to help us out a lot in there.”

Sometimes players just need the right system and coaching to succeed. It’s why you can’t really ever assume that just because a player didn’t perform elsewhere that he is a lost cause. One team’s trash is another team’s treasure.

What 96 means to the Raiders

Over a 17-year span from 2000-16 Sebastian Janikowski set just about every record for the Raiders. But there was one he couldn’t get. It was Chris Bahr’s consecutive games scoring streak. Bahr scored in 96 straight games from December 21, 1981 to October 16, 1988. That’s nearly eight years in which Chris Bahr scored at least a point. It also means nearly eight years of the Raiders avoiding a shut out. The streak ended with Bahr missing an extra point off an 85-yard touchdown pass from Jay Shroeder to Mervyn Fernandez.

To Janikowski’s credit, he has the next two consecutive game scoring streaks of 93 (2000-05) and 83 (2009-14). He was just three games away when the Raiders were shut out by the Chargers to open the 2006 season. His other streak also ended with a shut out. The 52-0 drubbing in St Louis in 2014. In both instances he wouldn’t even be given the chance to continue his streak and Bahr’s remained intact.