3 Kickers the Raiders Can Sign to Replace Daniel Carlson for Potential Playoff Run
Trailing 24-20, Derek Carr led the Oakland Raiders on a thrilling fourth-quarter drive to beat the Los Angeles Chargers, 26-24, on "Thursday Night Football."
However, the game remained in question with just over a minute left, as the Chargers had a chance to win with a field goal on their final drive. While the Raiders ultimately won the Week 10 contest, a missed extra point on the Raiders' game-winning drive could have cost them.
Oakland's kicker, Daniel Carlson, missed the point-after attempt, which would have put Oakland up by three with a minute left in the game. The Raiders' defense held up, intercepting Philip Rivers to end the game, but the look on Jon Gruden's face said it all – Carlson could be looking for a new job soon. The second-year kicker out of Auburn also missed a field goal earlier in the game.
With that in mind, here are three kickers the Raiders could sign if they want to replace Carlson during a potential playoff run for Oakland.
1. Mike Nugent
Mike Nugent was just released by the New England Patriots, but he's proven to be a really solid option throughout his career. He owns an 80.9 field goal percentage during 15 years in the league and donned a Raider uniform for three games in 2018. He made all three of his field goal attempts with Oakland during that stint so a reunion could be in the cards.
2. Matt Bryant
Matt Bryant was released by the Atlanta Falcons just last week, but he has proven to be one of the league's premier kickers prior to this season. He's made 85.6 percent of his kicks across his 19-year career, and made 95.2 percent of his field goals back in 2018. Bryant was in the middle of a down year before being let go, making just nine of his 14 attempts, but his track record is good enough for Oakland to kick the tires on the veteran.
3. Greg Joseph
Greg Joseph is far less established than the other two options on this list, but he's been solid when given the opportunity. With the Cleveland Browns last season, he converted 17 of his 20 attempts (85.0 percent). Joseph's track record on extra points is a bit more concerning, as he missed four last season. However, Carlson has only made 75.0 percent of his field goals in 2019, so Joseph could ultimately prove to be an upgrade.
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