Prior to the season, one of the biggest questions about the Las Vegas Raiders was their kicking situation.
Could Daniel Carlson bounce back?
That was a major question and with three games remaining, the answer is a resounding “yes.” The third-year kicker has been tremendous this season.
Carlson has made 26-of-28 field goal attempts this season, which is excellent. Last year, he missed seven of 26 attempts. The 2018 draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings made 16-of-17 field goal attempts after being cut by the Vikings and claimed by the Raiders.
He has settled in nicely in 2020 and looks like the long-term replacement for the great Sebastian Janikowski. Raiders coach Jon Gruden is thrilled by what his kicker is achieving this season.
“I really like him a lot. I think he’s a talent,” Gruden said. “He’s a rare talent. He’s also got a great demeanor about him. He’s never too high, never too low. His first year kicking here, I think he made 17 in a row.
He did run into some tough times last year like a lot of these kickers do. I’ve seen great golfers three-putt greens. I don’t think anybody’s perfect. He never lost his confidence. Rich Bisaccia and Byron Storer, our special teams coaches, believe in him. We have a great battery too. AJ Cole is a great holder. Trent [Sieg] is a really good long snapper, and I just think the kid is a money man. He’s a guy I got a lot of confidence in.”