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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Oakland Raiders 2013 Specialists News

News and notes for Oakland Raiders specialists in 2013:
September 1st: released punter Chris Kluwe, who subsequently tweeted, "Thanks to everyone at the Raiders for the opportunity this preseason. It was a blast. @MarquetteKing's got a bright future with you guys!"

August 31st:  release kicker Justin Medlock.
August 27th: "Added free agent K Justin Medlock, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Tuesday. Medlock has played in 11 career games, including 10 with the Carolina Panthers in 2012, and has made 8-of-12 field-goal attempts in two NFL seasons. He also spent three years in the Canadian Football League, playing two seasons for the Toronto Argonauts (2009-10) and one year with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2011). The 5-foot-11, 200-pound kicker was the Kansas City Chiefs’ fifth-round draft selection (160th overall) in 2007 out of UCLA, where he lettered four years and set a program record with six field goals of 50 or more yards. Medlock was a college teammate of current Raiders punter Chris Kluwe for two seasons (2003-04)."
August 21st: placed kicker Eddie Carmona, a free agent who had been re-signed on April 30th, on injured/reserve.

August 12th: “I’ve seen Marquette’s consistency get better, and I think that’s a good battle. I think that’s a good competition between him and Kluwe. Marquette, he’s a guy that’s working extremely hard and he’s gotten better. The consistency with him as far as the punts, as far as the get-off times – the little details are the things that we’re still hoping to see him continue to improve. Over the last week or so, I’ve seen a lot of improvement out of him.” - coach Dennis Allen on punting competition

August 9th: "I may not have the same ceiling as Marquette anymore, but I’m confident in my abilities. I know I can still punt in the NFL, still contribute to this team, and I refuse to watch someone struggle with a problem I know I can fix. Competing for a spot on an NFL roster doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game. You see, there are 31 other teams out there. You’re not just competing against each other. You’re competing against every other punter out there, and the best 32 will end up playing on Sunday. That’s how the NFL works. I think I’m one of the best 32 punters out there, and I also think Marquette can be one of the best 32. Whichever one of us ends up getting cut, I want that player to have the best chance possible at making another team. I want someone to get claimed off waivers, just like I was as a rookie. I want us both to succeed." - Chris Kluwe

August 7th: "The Raiders lost last year's season opener after Condo was lost to a concussion, an unprepared Travis Goethel was forced into action, and poor snaps led to a blocked punt and another that Shane Lechler couldn't get off. Stefen Wisniewski has done some long-snapping, and the Raiders also are working with special teams ace Josh Cribbs. 'At some point in the preseason we're going to have someone other than Jon Condo snap in a live game situation,' Allen said."

August 2nd:  "Sebastian Janikowski believes in the changes that second-year general manager Reggie McKenzie is making, and McKenzie likes having arguably the league’s best kicker around. So Friday, the two signed off on a four-year extension for Janikowski and the 35-year-old kicker was thrilled to be closer to his goal of being an Oakland Raider for life. 'Where else would I go?,' Janikowski said. 'I love California, I love being here and I see the changes. I think we’re moving in the right direction. We’ve got the right coaches and players. People are going to be surprised, I think, this year what we can do.' Janikowski is the Raiders’ all-time leading scorer with 1,318 points since entering the NFL as Oakland’s first-round draft choice (17th overall) in 2000. He remains the highest-paid kicker in the NFL as his five-year deal with the Raiders is worth just under $19 million. He is guaranteed $8 million in the first two years. '(McKenzie) called me in the offseason and said let’s get this done … it’s important for me to finish my career here,' Janikowski said."

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