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Raiders have quietly created a strong special teams group again

Daniel Carlson, A.J. Cole and Trent Sieg make a good group

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A.J. Cole. Trent Sieg and Daniel Carlson
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It made perfect sense that Trent Sieg’s re-signing with the Las Vegas Raiders on Wednesday was overshadowed by news of the pending release of guard Gabe Jackson, an update on right tackle Trent Brown’s future, and general manager Mike Mayock’s first press conference of the offseason.

After all, Sieg is a long snapper. They are always overlooked. If we hear much about a snapper, that means he is not doing a good job. That’s certainly not the case with Sieg. He’s been a standout for the Raiders since he started his NFL career in 2018.

Sieg has become part of a new, reliable trio of Las Vegas special teams players along with kicker Daniel Carlson and punter A.J. Cole. All three young players have been outstanding and all have a chance to be with the Raiders for a long time. Carlson, like Sieg was, is a restricted free agent. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Raiders give him a new deal this offseason, as well.

Carlson, Cole and Sieg have a chance to be the next Sebastian Janikowski, Shane Lechler and Jon Condo for the Raiders. They were a great set of kicker, punter and long snapper and the team never had to worry about them.

That same vibe is emerging with this trio.

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders
Daniel Carlson
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Carlson, who the Raiders claimed from the Minnesota Vikings during his rookie season in 2018, bounced back from a shaky 2019 season in 2020. He made 33-of-35 field-goal attempts. Cole has shined since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2019.

With these three unheralded players, the Raiders seem to be set for a long time.